Inquiry: The Journal of the Virginia Community Colleges

Author Bio(s)

Valerie Burge-Hall is an Associate Professor at Thomas Nelson Community College. Latoya Garrison is Assistant Coordinator of Career Services at Blue Ridge Community College. Leigh Giles-Brown is DMS Program Director at Northern Virginia Community College. Lisa Vaughn Jordan is an Associate Professor at Southside Virginia Community College. Dan Lepore is Director of Enterprise Operations Services at the VCCS System Office. Melanie McNall is a Human Resource Analyst at Thomas Nelson Community College. Chris Pauly is an Enrollment Services Supervisor at Tidewater Community College. Andrew Quinn is Assistant Director of Financial Aid at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.


The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) administration identified the need for adequate and proactive advising programs to foster student success. This paper presents a review of “best practices” in advising to determine commonalities, provides a comparison with current VCCS advising practices, and offers recommendations that support the goal of ensuring high quality advising programs.



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