The goal of intrusive advising is to facilitate more advisee and advisor communication.
Research has shown that intrusive advising helps with retention. For developmental advising to be successful, advisor and advisees should meet a minimum of two times a semester. Three or four meeting are even more productive.
Faculty must initiate contact with students. If faculty do not make contact, students engage in self-advising, often to their detriment. The students do not blame themselves for bad self-advising; they blame their advisor. Therefore, faculty need to take the time and get the students to their offices.
Advisees want to know their advisor is interested in them. A quick email may be enough to help a student through a tough time.
Email is a good tool that can be used to enhance communication between advisor and advisees. Email can be used to welcome the students back to campus each semester, remind students to set up appointments, remind students of deadlines and remind advisees that advisors are available to help.
Email and Mail Merge
Mail Merge can automate the task of routine emails. Sample emails have been prepared and can be found at: Sample Emails.
For information on how to send a email using the mail merge function in Microsoft Word, click on Advising with Mail Merge.