Stewart, M. (2016). FACULTY ADVISORS’ PERCEPTIONS OF THE IMPACT OF AN ACADEMIC ADVISING QUALITY ENHANCEMENT PLAN ON ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE OF A COMMUNITY COLLEGE. Unc Charlotte Electronic Theses And Dissertations.
Student success initiatives identify comprehensive academic advising as a key strategy in promoting student retention while also ushering in cultural change within an organization. A qualitative intrinsic case study was conducted to examine the impact an academic advising Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) had on the organizational culture of one community college. There were two research questions: 1) what are faculty advisors’ perceptions of the impact of academic advising on organizational culture? and 2) how does organizational culture influence faculty roles and expectations as advisors?The research was explored through an organizational culture theoretical framework. Methodology included semi-structured, face-to-face interviews of community college faculty advisors. A constant comparative data analysis was used to identify themes of safety, professional identity of the advisor, and impact on organizational ideologies. Implications for advising practices, policies, and professional development for advisors are discussed. Further research is warranted on other institutional stakeholder subgroups to understand the holistic impact the implementation of an academic advising plan has on an organization.