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Good advising "single most underestimated factor" in successful college experience, says Harvard prof

March 5, 2001

A great college education depends on human relationships, says Richard J. Light, professor in the Graduate School of Education and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Yet at too many universities, officials seem to follow a "Find good students and then neglect them" strategy, he says.

His tips, offered in the Feb. 28 issue of "The Chronicle of Higher Education" and a forthcoming book, "Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds," suggest that professors don't appreciate the great impact they have on their students. He also suggests that advisers urge students to do the following: Keep time logs (for improved time management).

**Get involved in group activities (so they have social and personal support).

**Pursue collegial work (so they can learn about the process of working and debating with others).