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2019 September 42:3

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This year, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, celebrates its 40th Anniversary.  Executive Director Charlie Nutt discusses some important themes that we are celebrating in our Past, our Present, and our Future.

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Charlie Nutt, executive director
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Since the first class in 2007, ELP graduates have contributed to nearly every aspect of the association. This article celebrates the efficacy of ELP through reflections of leaders who have been elected as President, Vice-President, and Members of the Board of Directors, along with the first ELP Advisory Board Chair.

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Melinda Anderson, Nathan Vickers, Erin Justyna, Cecilia Oliveras, Michelle Ware, Michelle Smith Ware, Kyle Ross. Emerging Leaders Program
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Research suggests that mental health and academic performance are positively correlated. Advisors are not expected to provide mental health counseling to students, but they would be remiss to ignore the impact of psychological issues and mental health on students’ experience, performance, and success. While treating students for mental health concerns may be beyond advisors’ scope, there are some ways in which they can address the issues.

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decision-making, retention, empathy, communication, build relationships, role of advisor, stress, academic support, advising theory, student motivation, persistence, Angelia Lomax
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Nontraditional student enrollment continues to make up a large portion of undergraduate student populations on both traditional college campuses and in the distance-learning sector. Institutions that wish to retain and help their adult learners be successful will need to be aware of the nontraditonals’ time and effort limitations and provide ways to support them academically to facilitate completion.

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retention, graduation rates, academic support, student motivation, encouraging students, persistence, adult learners, Genta Stanfield
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Faculty members fill many roles at the institution, but while they are experts in their field of study, they typically receive little training or preparation to serve as mentor, coach, or advisor to students. A team of primary-role advisors and advising administrators at Penn State developed a foundational on-line course designed to help the faculty advisor understand the advising role.

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research, professional development, communication, advisor competencies, advisor training, faculty advisors, Terry Musser, advising research, learning outcomes, Dawn Coder, Julia Glover
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Onboarding is not the same as training; it refers to the process by which new employees are integrated into an organization and its culture. Using NACADA’s Core Competencies of Academic Advising, results from an onboarding survey, and research into best practices in training and development, the authors revamped the onboarding experience for new advisors at their institution.

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professional development, advisor competencies, advisor training, advising environment, new advisor, Kelsey Bannon, Judi Brewer
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The high-involvement intervention model encourages developmental advising by providing students with an opportunity to gain knowledge and maintain ownership of their decisions and experiences, while at the same time allowing advisors to become an integral part of student success and development.

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retention, communication, build relationships, at-risk students, dismissal, probation, advising strategy, persistence, Anna Lincoln, Natalia Musgrove, Lynwood R. Johnson
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The author’s experience as a first generation female undergraduate of color highlights the complexities of marginalized identities as one experiences the administrative life of a student affairs professional.

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academic cultural capital, cultural capital, critical thinking, ethical approaches, advising environment, Lisa Brockenbrough Sanon-Jules
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HBCUs have been leaders in producing and leading African American students toward health professions. Advisors must recognize HBCUs like a catalyst for change and bastion of future health professionals that need to be cultivated and mentored.

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proactive advising, communication, build relationships, career advising, academic support, financial aid, cultural capital, student motivation, advising strategy, advising approaches, encouraging students, persistence, first generation students, Terrance R. Eubanks II
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Establishing a Director of Student Academic Success position provided an opportunity to rethink outreach at the author’s institution. The goal was to remove as many barriers as possible, which resulted in distinct changes.

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communication, build relationships, first year students, role of advisor, at-risk students, advising strategy, advising approaches, encouraging students, referrals, advising environment, Sarah A. Forbes
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The authors contend that with the increasing focus on data-driven decision making, advisors must strengthen their scholarly backgrounds to effectively engage in the administrative landscape and ensure advising efficacy and support.

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theory, research, collaboration, role of advisor, theoretical reflections, advising theory, critical thinking, research group, advising research, Kiana Shiroma, Jennifer Brown, Michael Kirk-Kuwaye
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The Dyson College Academic Advising Office at Pace University has made significant strides towards a full-on integration of technology and is consequently changing how students expect, and deserve, immediate attention to their requests. 

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research, professional development, academic support, advising strategy, digital, advising approaches, advising space, physical space, advising environment, Richard D. Miller III, Heather Calchera
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By accessing available student data store in institution’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, the athletics department at Nicholls State University was able to share with the coaching staff important and time sensitive information at critical and relevant points in the semester. In an effort to replicate the athletics department success, an initiative began to implement this strategy within an academic college, where data points were accessed and then reported to department chairs and faculty advisors to provide relevant data for a more intrusive advising approach with students who appear on these lists.

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retention, communication, student athletes, academic support, at-risk students, advising strategy, technology, encouraging students, referrals, Lori Richard
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When academic advisors collaborate with institutional research professionals on their campuses for such an endeavor, it is important to move beyond the data which is readily available to institutional researchers to find sufficient data points for academic advisors to determine where to focus their student mentoring efforts.

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proactive advising, research, retention, stress, academic support, at-risk students, probation, encouraging students, persistence, advising research, Meg Wright Sidle, Megan Childress
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With the student at the center of The University of Texas at Tyler’s efforts, Persistence and Retention Teams have been implemented to streamline employee communication to diminish the silo effect and find resolutions to student issues as efficiently as possible.

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proactive advising, research, retention, stress, academic support, at-risk students, probation, technology, encouraging students, persistence, advising research, Douglas Vardeman
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Assessment fosters a shared consensus and culture within the campus community about the purpose of advising. By attending the Assessment Institute, advisors better understand ways to demonstrate direct connections to the priorities and mission of the academy.

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professional development, collaboration, role of advisor, advising strategy, assessment, Billie Streufert
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In addition to coming back from the NACADA Adminstrators Institute with an Action Plan, the author found that the work she and two colleagues did at the institute spurred valuable conversations within their office and with leaders across campus regarding the importance of investing in academic advising.

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intrusive advising, professional development, advisor training, academic support, advising strategy, advising approaches, encouraging students, persistence, Allie Teagarden
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Complete editions of AAT are provided to facilitate one-touch capability, but readers are encouraged to view the individual articles and provide feedback to authors.

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