A Case Study of the VU Social Work Department Advising Transition

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Miller, Rebekah; Harvey, Madalyn; Nonkovic, Dejana; Von Borstel, Sara; Maenza, Nicole
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This research project focuses on one aspect of the implicit curriculum within the Social Work Department at Valparaiso University, that of advisement. Specifically, this research was conducted in order to understand the experiences of students during the transition from faculty members as advisors to a single professional academic advisor. Grady (2011) created a survey for the purpose of studying the implicit curriculum in a masters program. Based on that work, we have constructed a survey specific to advising and mentorship that will be used in the present study. We hypothesize that the transition has had a negative impact on faculty-student relations in the Social Work Department and that relationships have not yet been cultivated between students and the professional academic advisor. Data will be collected through surveys and interviews with social work students. It is our intention to provide feedback about the process of advising to the VUDSW based on the findings of this research.