Ramping up university advisers could help boost Indiana's college graduation rate

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Panic and frustration creeps into her voice. Holly Krintz is so, so lost.

“I am just not getting it,” she says, rolling into a rant against her online college class.

A big sigh, and then: “I don’t know. I feel overwhelmed with the class, because the readings are super long, and then the quizzes are just terrible. I can’t learn the material like I should.”

She needs help. She hasn’t looked to see who her adviser is at Ivy Tech Community College. She doesn’t know if she should stick out the class. She isn’t sure if withdrawing from the class is worse than failing it.

After polling students like 20-year-old Krintz in Wolcott, Ind., the state is recommending colleges incorporate more proactive advising to keep students on track to graduate.

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