In the spring of 2015, GCC advisors were asked to develop proposals for new models of advising we believed would improve our services to students. To my knowledge and dismay, none of the models gained any traction. It was an extremely valuable exercise that allowed us to reflect and determine how we would change advising at GCC if given the opportunity.
The group I participated in developed a proposal for a new model called Collaborative Advising. The model centers around stronger connections between advisement and academic departments, specialized advising, and strategic use of technological resources.
Along comes Guided Pathways, a growing national conversation in community colleges about improving student experience and completion. Everything about Guided Pathways strengthens the case for Collaborative Advising. Maybe the model deserves a second look.