The Graduate Student Advising Initiative is a collaborative project of the Academic Civility Work Group, the Student Conflict Resolution Center, and the Graduate School. The purpose of this initiative is to create an institutional culture of graduate student advising excellence at the University of Minnesota.
This initiative is driven by a number of factors, including:
On average across all disciplines only 40-50% of all U.S. doctoral students complete their degrees. Advising is one factor that contributes to students’ inability to finish.
Statistics such as these have focused national attention on the importance of advising to the quality of the graduate student experience and degree completion.
Results from a spring 2011 Student Conflict Resolution Survey underscored the need for strong adviser/advisee relationships.
Other current, related initiatives in graduate education at the University of Minnesota also strive to improve the graduate student experience – for example, the Graduate Review and Improvement Process (GRIP) and graduate student learning outcomes assessment