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Entries for 2019

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I know NACADA is wholly committed to seeing those who may be more likely to be overlooked… As an association, we work to serve each and every one of our members, and therefore to support the success of all students in higher education… If nothing else, I wish for my NACADA presidency to be remembered for radical transparency and an ethic of care.

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Erin Justyna, president
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Scholarly production and practice-sharing can be a great challenge for advising practitioner-scholars as the demands of advising practice far outweigh the time available for developing research ideas and writing for the purpose of disseminating best practices to the field. Connection with others in the field can also be a barrier. The NACADA Virtual Idea Development Group is one writing support endeavor within the overall NACADA Writing Group initiative that seeks to develop and nurture academic writing skills.

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mentoring, research, professional development, communication, advisor training, advising theory, research group, advising research, Ashlock, Hay, Herstek, Kersey, MacLean, Price-Williams
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As members of NACADA, advisors work toward promoting “the role of effective academic advising in student success” and fostering “inclusive practices within the Association that respect the principle of equity and the diversity of advising professionals across the vast array of intersections of identity” (NACADA, 2018). The charge to utilize advising as a tool for student success while focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion means advisors need to be aware of how they are supporting and fighting for marginalized students and colleagues. Allies support those who are marginalized, seek to make changes so that others can get the credit they are due, and are constantly learning.

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advisor competencies, academic support, cultural differences, critical thinking, ethical dilemmas, ethical approaches, ethics, encouraging students, professionalism, active listening, advising space, LGBT, Harrison
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Shifting the mindset from treating traditional undergraduate students as adolescents to recognizing them as emerging adults can allow advisors to build genuine and meaningful relationships with their advisees. Utilizing Knowles (1988) six principles of andragogy, not as a checklist but as a mindset, allows advisors to build meaningful, genuine, and authentic relationships.

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rapport, communication, build relationships, advising theory, advising approaches, encouraging students, active listening, Lessenger
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For decades, higher ed institutions have been pondering how to improve retention and degree completion rates. And yet, in spite of all kinds of programs and centers and initiatives, few have really moved the needle much in the right direction. In the search for the easy answer to a complex question: How can we help our students persist?, institutions have overlooked the fact that we have been asking the wrong question all along. The revision should read: How can we help our student persist? And we need to ask it thousands of times.

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retention, communication, build relationships, graduation rates, academic support, at-risk students, preparedness, student motivation, advising strategy, advising approaches, encouraging students, active listening, learning outcomes, Spight
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Two of the greatest barriers to implementing high-quality early intervention programs are the challenges of generating faculty buy-in and determining a reliable set of predictors. Advisors may be uniquely qualified to serve as intervention agents due to the relationships they form with students, often beginning at orientation.

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retention, build relationships, academic support, at-risk students, student motivation, advising strategy, digital, advising approaches, encouraging students, advising research, Dial, McKeown
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Online advising may be one way to retain doctoral students. The College of Saint Mary’s Graduate Advising Space, based on NACADA’s Core Values, provides much more than the answer to “What class do I take next?”

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theory, communication, advisor competencies, personal philosophy, academic support, advising theory, advising approaches, Preisman
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Every year, the government of The United Arab Emirates grants numerous scholarships to distinguished Emirati students.  The author discusses the role of advisors to these students and discusses the challenges they face.

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international, advisor training, community relationships, academic cultural capital, Global Community, cultural differences, advising workshops, encouraging students, advising environment, AlZaabi
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An advising program’s mission statement is the guiding principle that should be at the back of an advisor’s mind as they enter every student interaction.  The author describes a five-step process to write mission statements.

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theory to practice, professional development, collaboration, advising theory, advising strategy, critical thinking, mission statement, learning outcomes, Schaffling
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The authors examine the lived experiences of an Emerging Leader and his Mentor as they progressed through the NACADA Emerging Leaders Program. Following completion of the program, both continue to serve NACADA in various ways and encourage participation in the Emerging Leaders Program.

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mentoring, professional development, collaboration, build relationships, professionalism, Hapes, Knibbs
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As a scholarship recipient for the 2019 NACADA Assessment Institute, the author gained new, applicable knowledge, and her team made great progress in identifying next steps for their assessment work during their time at the Institute.

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professional development, personal philosophy, advising theory, advising strategy, assessment, advising workshops, professionalism, learning outcomes, DelMar
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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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When I speak to those outside the organization about my NACADA family, I often get questions about how we became so close: what is it about these people I see only a few times a year that makes me identify them as some of my closest friends, my colleagues, my confidants for more than just advising related questions?

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president, Karen Archambault
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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It is important that NACADA continues to grow in influence and involvement in higher education across the world in order for the future of the association to have impact across higher education for student success. This involves intentionally selected partnerships and collaborations with many institutions across the world as well as with other influential higher education associations and entities.

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Charlie Nutt, executive director
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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To be an expert on the culture of all students that advisors advise and teach is unrealistic. However, getting to know each student in terms of their personal stories and backgrounds is doable. This is particularly important as the student population in higher education continues to diversify.

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empathy, communication, build relationships, reflection, role of advisor, at-risk students, cultural differences, student motivation, teaching strategy, critical thinking, active listening, Christine Robinson
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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Black women advisors may experience the field of academic advising quite differently than their male and White peers. Sista circles have played a vital role in lives of Black women for over 150 years, providing a safe supportive space for them to seek help, encouragement, knowledge, and support in issues that impact them.

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mentoring, professional development, rapport, empathy, communication, build relationships, peer mentors, cultural differences, advising space, advising environment, Elia Tamplin
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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As a primary point of contact between universities and students, academic advisors are often asked to integrate data-driven tools into their practice but only rarely do the concerns of advisors guide the creation of new approaches to institutional data. By bringing the advising perspective to analyses of student data, new opportunities can be found to support student pathways with helpful information.

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decision-making, research, major choice, academic support, preparedness, advising strategy, critical thinking, encouraging students, advising research, Sarah Blanchard Kyte
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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During the summer, the staff of Academic and Career Development at IUPUI works closely with other institutional offices to offer two-day orientation programs for incoming first-year students.

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decision-making, retention, build relationships, career advising, major choice, academic support, parent relationships, preparedness, advising strategy, parental involvement, parents, Karley Clayton, Melissa Cooper, Keely Floyd
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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In today’s 21st century economy, it is no longer enough for advisors to help students choose a major and craft a course schedule. Advisors need to help students create a step-by-step plan for achieving their long-term goals and preparing for unexpected barriers along the way. Thus, career advising is now an important function of academic advising.

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decision-making, proactive advising, professional development, communication, career advising, academic support, advising strategy, critical thinking, faculty advisors, Liberal Arts, graduate students, Aurora Alexander, Kristi Kamis, pre-professional preparedness, role
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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U.S. national student demographics and recent campus incidents point to the need for advising administrators to promote diversity through hiring practices and training of advisors and by creating and maintaining inclusive, supportive work environments. There are a number of actions that can be taken to support diversity on our campuses.

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professional development, advisor training, cultural differences, advising workshops, ethical dilemmas, professionalism, advising environment, Yung-Hwa Anna Chow, LGBT
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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The author reflects on what she has learned during a decade as an academic advising supervisor.

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professional development, communication, build relationships, reflection, stress, professionalism, advising environment, Julee Braithwaite
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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The culture within an office whose team provides service to others can set the tone for communicating positively in each situation, whether it is with a student, colleague, or a stakeholder.

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empathy, communication, build relationships, advisor competencies, reflection, academic support, professionalism, conflict resolution, advising environment, Dawn Coder
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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Recognizing the value advisors bring to an institution creates a feeling of cooperation, ownership, and commitment.

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professional development, build relationships, honors, professionalism, advising environment, Michael S. Wilson, Jamaica DelMar
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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Two members of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) advising team attended the 2018 Summer Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico and found the six-day institute to be beneficial in increasing their knowledge in all aspects of academic advising.

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professional development, advisor training, role of advisor, advising workshops, summer institute, advising approaches, professionalism, Hattan Tawfiq, Abdalghaffar Osman
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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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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Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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NACADA President Karen Archambault encourages us to reflect and revel in the student success that we support.

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president, Karen Archambault
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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Charlie Nutt, NACADA Executive Director As we wind down a season of 10 highly successful NACADA region meetings and move into our NACADA Summer Ins...

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Executive Director, Charlie Nutt
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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While Erik Erikson's psychosocial theory encompasses the entire lifespan, his eight conflicts can be readily applied to an undergraduate college student's lifespan, offering a unique paradigm through which to view the student-university relationship. Advisors, particularly, play a critical role in helping students overcome each conflict/crisis.

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decision-making, communication, advising theory, student motivation, encouraging students, persistence, Allison Ewing-Cooper, Kami Merrifield
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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Students who return to college after a stop out period often have stories of arduous journeys of self-discovery predicated on competing demands of personal and professional life.  Listening carefully to these students’ stories can provide advisors with resources to assist them successfully navigate the challenges and obstacles that until now have prevented them from achieving their higher education goals.

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theory to practice, professional development, communication, build relationships, advising theory, student motivation, advising approaches, encouraging students, self-authorship, academic support, Eileen Snyder, Leana Zona
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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Students sometimes find themselves trapped in a state of existence where they feel their voice is silenced and they experience a sense of helplessness.  Academic advisors may find that employing the six stages of the Public Achievement model can empower students who find themselves in this “Sunken Place.”

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retention, collaboration, academic support, advising theory, student motivation, critical thinking, advising approaches, encouraging students, Dene Roseburr-Olotu
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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Safe Conversations is an educational program that focuses on dialogue promoting a new way of talking and listening to one another. When applied appropriately, connection and safety occur which promotes respectful and healthy relationships.

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proactive advising, empathy, communication, build relationships, advisor competencies, academic support, active listening, advising space, advising environment, Curtis Hill
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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Academic advisors come from different lived experiences, educational, and professional backgrounds. Considering the multitude of paths coming into the field, it is essential to work with new advisors to support them through their transition into the advising field and retain them for the future of the field.

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professional development, build relationships, advisor training, peer mentors, advising approaches, new advisor, Rafael R. Almanzar, Kelsie Poe
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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While students routinely report that the primary reason they attend college is to get a better job, few start with the end in mind. If academic advisors are to better engage students in career advising curriculum, they must weave it into all advising. This integration is difficult, but possible.

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professional development, career advising, advisor training, role of advisor, preparedness, advising strategy, learning outcomes, Billie Streufert
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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Just as we expect our students to fulfill the promise they made to the institution by working hard toward graduation, we as an institution must strive to fulfill the promise we make to every student that, regardless of the difficulties they face academically or personally, we will help them reach graduation and develop into mature, intellectually curious and capable adults.

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retention, academic support, at-risk students, probation, student motivation, advising strategy, encouraging students, persistence, John Burdick, Tony Chiaravelotti, Alice Martin
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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Occasionally, students enter their advising session with personal baggage to share with their advisor that detours the conversation away from the normal advising issues.  Knowledge of psychological first aid (PFA) give advisors tools to support students who are striving to overcome a traumatically challenging situation before making a referral to another support resource on or off campus.

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empathy, communication, build relationships, advisor training, stress, academic support, at-risk students, encouraging students, active listening, death, grieving, dealing with death, student loss, Cindy Firestein
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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In addition to helping students plan, understand, and make meaning of their best path to graduation, academic advisors consistently contribute to student success beyond the advising appointment. It is vital for academic advisors to clearly communicate the variety of advising-related responsibilities in a way that is easily understood to all constituents across campus.

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proactive advising, professional development, communication, collaboration, build relationships, role of advisor, advising strategy, advising approaches, encouraging students, professionalism, Sara Webb, Roberta Rea
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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When an advising system redesign is needed, we cannot close the doors while we get it right.  Redesign is an activity both creative and constrained; it must equally embrace the ideal and the real.

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decision-making, professional development, advising strategy, teaching strategy, professionalism, advising space, Steve Quinn
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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When blackness, queerness, and nonconformity intersect, the burdens students carry can be profound.  Studies have shown a connection between queerness and discrimination, harassment, and victimization on U.S. college campuses. Academic advisors cannot underestimate how these incidents impact the lives and academics of BQGN students. The author offers methods that can be utilized to assist these students.

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empathy, communication, build relationships, academic support, cultural differences, advising approaches, encouraging students, active listening, LGBT, Maximillian Matthews
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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A paternalistic act is one in which an individual or institution interferes with another individual, without that individual’s consent, under the justification that such an act is for the affected individual’s own good.  The author offers a conceptual analysis of paternalism and an ethical analysis of its place within academic advising. 

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theory, advisor competencies, role of advisor, theoretical reflections, advising theory, critical thinking, ethical dilemmas, ethical approaches, ethics, Sean McGimpsey
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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The author, a Wesley R. Habley Summer Institute Scholarship recipient, considers the Institute as was one of the most pivotal experiences of her career. She left with great ideas, some of which she has already implemented into her institution’s advising program.

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professional development, build relationships, advisor training, procrastination, advising workshops, summer institute, professionalism, Sharon Wight
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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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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Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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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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academic advising, NACADA

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