In a tough economic climate that has prompted UNC-system campuses to pare down administrative staffs, schools are adapting — or drastically reducing — their academic advising services.
UNC-Pembroke’s faculty has been increasingly burdened with the responsibility of serving as stand-in advisers, in addition to teaching, said Ken Kitts, UNC-P’s provost and vice chancellor of the Office of Academic Affairs. The school only employs two professional full-time academic advisers.
“Where we really felt the pinch was with professional advisers,” he said. “We’ve been severely understaffed there.”
UNC-P has about 5,500 undergraduates enrolled.
The school has proposed a 4.3 percent increase in tuition and fees, part of which would be designated for student support.
The university’s plans include creating a one-stop advising center for students housed in existing student services buildings, Kitts said.
“At the minimum, the office would be able to play traffic cop and get the student to the right resource on campus,” Kitts said.
Steve Roberson, the dean of undergraduate studies at UNC-Greensboro, said the school’s advising is decentralized, with each school and college having its own advising unit.
“Some of these units have experienced some budget cuts,” Roberson said.