New investment in professional advisors will improve undergraduate student experience, reduce advisor caseloads

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Beginning with the 2024-25 academic year, UNC Charlotte will move to a professional advisor model for all undergraduate students with the addition of 21 new positions.

“Professional advising for undergraduate students is one significant lever in creating optimal conditions for academic success,” said Jennifer Troyer, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “All undergraduate students will be assigned a professional advisor who will be fully dedicated to helping them complete their degrees in a timely manner.”

These additional positions are a part of a larger strategy to realign advising structures and processes. Adding new advisors addresses enrollment growth and the evolving academic needs of undergraduate students. Previously, advising duties were split between professional advisors and faculty members.

“This new model not only benefits our students, but it also helps support faculty,” said Troyer. “The addition of more professional advisors allows faculty to reallocate that time, allowing for more investment in teaching, research and other highly valued activities.”

Made possible through the recently approved tuition and fee schedule, recruitment for the positions will begin this spring in preparation for the 2024-25 academic school year. Additional details about position allotments by college will be shared with deans, faculty, and staff over the next few weeks.