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Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

محمد الحوسني

Second Advisor

د. علي الكعبي

Third Advisor

د. علي إبراهيم


This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the academic advising program in guiding registered students enrolled at Abu Dhabi Education and Vocational Training Institute in the areas of: admission and registration procedures; the academic advisor; induction and orientation programs in view of variables of gender; level of study; academic major; and students’ suggestions about the academic advising program. The sample consisted of 226 male and female students from Al Ain branch. The study was conducted during the academic year 2015-2016. The researcher used a survey questionnaire and conducted interviews with a focus group as instruments to collect the data.

The results of the study indicated the following: students face problems with admission and registration procedures and issues related to the role of the academic advisor in guiding students to choose their academic majors. The results also indicated that there are issues related to a lack of induction programs and a lack of providing adequate information resources such as booklets and guidance brochures. In addition to that, there are some differences related to gender favoring the males. Statistical significances were present also in the study level variable. However, there were no statistical differences related to the academic major variable.

As for the qualitative results, the themes reflecting students’ responses such as: that the registration system does not comply with technological development in other universities in the UAE; studying in semesters (batches) causes psychological and social stress on students; providing variety of study programs; and there is a lack of written and electronic guidance resources. The most significant recommendations and suggestions of the study revolves around activating the electronic website for registration, increasing academic majors offered, providing more opportunities for self-development, as well as determining suitable times allocated to offer academic advising services.

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