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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

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Emerging Concerns

Author(s): Achambault, K. L.

Editor(s): Fox, J. R., & Martin, H. E.

Citation: Achambault, K. L. (2017). Emerging Concerns. In Fox, J. R., & Martin, H. E., Academic Advising and the First College Year Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.



The demographic of first-year college students has changed dramatically over the years. Students come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages with the goal of enhancing their career prospects. This chapter addresses the external forces that shape students’ access and transition to higher education, describes the changing profile of college populations, and explains the role of academic advisors in relation to these changes. Advisors aim to serve the needs of first-year students by being a resource hub for academic, financial, and developmental support.


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