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Entries for 2020

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In the amidst all of that is happening in our world, we still have great things occurring across our lives, our institutions, and NACADA.

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Erin Justyna, president
Posted in: 2020 June 43:2
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In just a few short months all of us have experienced changes in our personal and professional lives like we most likely have never experienced before. It is so important that especially in this time of uncertainty, we stay connected with our colleagues and we take advantage of all the professional development opportunities possible.

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Charlie Nutt, executive director
Posted in: 2020 June 43:2
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The human mind is full of complex emotions and often these emotions drive us to places that we may not have prepared for. As academic advisors, we see students display a range of emotions every day. When deciding the best role for an advisor working with students experiencing negative affective emotions, it may be best to consider an advisor’s training and the context of the situation.

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rapport, communication, build relationships, academic support, advising theory, student motivation, encouraging students, active listening, Alexander Kunkle, Jesse Poole, Stefany Sigler
Posted in: 2020 June 43:2
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The term holistic advising has existed in the field of academic advising for years, but as an aspect of an office’s approach, not necessarily as a central design element in supporting students. When the word holistic is applied to advising, it suggests that advisors cannot look at students through a purely academic lens, but rather must regard them as a whole person.

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theory to practice, communication, build relationships, role of advisor, advising theory, advising strategy, Stacey Kardash
Posted in: 2020 June 43:2
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Integrating academic and career advising is becoming more common. Many colleges offer career courses to help students through self-assessment, career exploration, and decision making as well as to provide students with the tools needed for the job search. Virginia Commonwealth University has implemented strategies to improve academic advising as a way to increase student progress and graduation rates.

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professional development, graduation rates, advisor competencies, advisor training, role of advisor, advising workshops, professionalism, Madeline Goldman
Posted in: 2020 June 43:2
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Advising professionals usually view empathy positively, as something advisors should employ to understand and, thus, to better help their students. In as much as empathy aids advisors in better understanding students, empathy’s appeal is hard to ignore. But advisors should also want to use empathy cautiously, recognizing that it has real limits.

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empathy, role of advisor, academic support, advising strategy, advising approaches, William Smith
Posted in: 2020 June 43:2
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The Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) at the University of West Florida adopted a centralized advising model, restructuring how academic advising services were provided to students. This article extends the story by highlighting key considerations resulting from the inception of the advising center.

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theory to practice, professional development, advisor training, role of advisor, advising theory, advising strategy, assessment, advising approaches, professionalism, advising environment, Eric A. Kollar
Posted in: 2020 June 43:2
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Organized anarchy is presented by the authors as the best organizational structure for meeting the needs of advisors by providing the space to practice both transformational and developmental advising in a way that most effectively meets the wide-ranging needs of students.

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theory, research, role of advisor, advising theory, encouraging students, conflict resolution, Douglas Vardeman, Laura Grace Dykes
Posted in: 2020 June 43:2
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The restructure of an academic advising program included three areas of focus: a review of like-online institutions, process mapping by a business analyst, and subject-matter expertise from current leadership and academic advisors.

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professional development, advising strategy, technology, digital, advising approaches, professionalism, advising environment, distance, Dawn Coder
Posted in: 2020 June 43:2
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Given the critically important role of good advising, how can universities create an advising platform where advisors can readily share their best practices and access resources? One potential solution involves an Advisor Hub.

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professional development, financial aid, advising strategy, technology, digital, advising approaches, professionalism, advising environment, distance, Leora Waldner, Lane Boyte-Eckis, Hal Fulmer
Posted in: 2020 June 43:2
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The author suggests the time has come to shift academic advising practices from a Millennial framework to a Generation Z (Gen Z) approach.

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research, communication, cultural differences, digital, advising approaches, advising research, Rich Robbins
Posted in: 2020 June 43:2
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Academic advisors are witnessing a growing population of students that identify as first generation. These students need validation that they belong in a university setting and that their degree is attainable.

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intrusive advising, proactive advising, retention, rapport, communication, build relationships, role of advisor, academic support, cultural differences, advising approaches, encouraging students, persistence, first generation students, Kelci Kosin
Posted in: 2020 June 43:2
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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: 2020 June 43:2
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While it can be difficult to move past the things that need to be done now, the NACADA Executive Office and Board of Directors work assiduously to adapt and innovate—not only to better serve our current members, but also our future members.

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Erin Justyna, president
Posted in: 2020 March 43:1
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2020 is an exciting year for NACADA as we celebrate our association’s 40th anniversary. NACADA has a rich history of enhancing student success and providing opportunities for networking and learning to a broad constituency of higher education professionals from all types of institutions across the globe. We continue to make a major impact not only on our members’ work, but also on institutions as they work to structure successful academic advising programs.

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Charlie Nutt, executive director
Posted in: 2020 March 43:1
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Since the 2017 NACADA Annual Conference, the NACADA Professional Development Committee (PDC) has worked to promote the Core Competencies and gather feedback from various constituencies. Much of the feedback has focused on how the published Core Competencies help members use the components as a roadmap for their own professional development. In this article, PDC members provide ideas and examples of how members are utilizing the Core Competencies for academic advising training and development.

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theory, theory to practice, professional development, collaboration, advisor competencies, advisor training, advising theory, advising strategy, Teri Farr, Gavin Farber, Deb Dotterer
Posted in: 2020 March 43:1
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Academic advisors frequently receive and analyze the important statistics of retention and graduation rates, but do not always have the time, space, or familiarity with a pathway for investigating their own practice to understand how they, in their advising practice, contribute to the story of how and why those numbers have come to be. Practitioner inquiry can produce deep knowledge of on-the-ground daily work as advisors that can help better serve students.

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theory, theory to practice, research, assessment, advising research, Mark Chimel, Heather Hurst
Posted in: 2020 March 43:1
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As the profession of academic advising makes its rightful case for stronger integration and recognition from the academy, advisors must consider how their practice not merely compliments but aligns with the already revered role of teaching faculty. While a stereotype persists that academic advising is simply assisting students in class scheduling, those well-versed in the profession understand that a myriad of perspectives, theories, and evidence-based approaches inform what is effective, and oftentimes transformational, advising practice.

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theory to practice, role of advisor, advising theory, advising strategy, teaching strategy, encouraging students, Colleen Rose
Posted in: 2020 March 43:1
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Enhancing student success, as the purview of academic advisors, is ever-evolving, and recent success has been generated through course management software, an electronic tool that traditionally provides important links between students and their instructors.

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decision-making, communication, role of advisor, digital, advisor competencies, Lori Richard
Posted in: 2020 March 43:1
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This article will help academic advisors understand what ADHD is, how it impacts today’s college students, and what they can do to help those students.

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advisor competencies, academic support, at-risk students, student motivation, encouraging students, advising environment, Kevin Valliere
Posted in: 2020 March 43:1
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A student’s inability to become socially integrated into the campus community can lead to both institutional and systematic departure. While a sense of belonging is beneficial to all students, it is vital to retain more black male students. Students’ relationships with their academic advisor is one where belonging can develop.

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rapport, empathy, communication, build relationships, role of advisor, academic support, cultural differences, student motivation, encouraging students, Tonjala Eaton
Posted in: 2020 March 43:1
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Notes are instrumental for student success and instructors understand that, but do academic advisors?

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communication, student motivation, advising strategy, encouraging students, active listening, learning outcomes, James Wicks
Posted in: 2020 March 43:1
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Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) major requirements are unique; advising students in these fields requires unique approaches, supports, and resources.

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build relationships, advisor competencies, nursing students, STEM, peer mentors, advising theory, advising strategy, encouraging students, learning outcomes, Charmatz, Lindsay Crawford
Posted in: 2020 March 43:1
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It is common for undergraduate students to encounter barriers to timely graduation, and some of these barriers are inadvertently placed before students by institutional or administrative structures, routines, practices, and procedures. An office like the University of Texas at Arlington Graduation Help Desk, with the help of the advising community, can make an impact.

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collaboration, academic support, at-risk students, encouraging students, referrals, Soyla Santos
Posted in: 2020 March 43:1
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After 15 years in advising and 26 in higher education, the author has decided to use humor when explaining academic advising.

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communication, personal philosophy, role of advisor, Anthony Smothers
Posted in: 2020 March 43:1
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From the President: Envisioning the Future of NACADA Erin Justyna, NACADA President When I was growing up in El Paso, Texas in the late eighties...

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Posted in: 2020 March 43:1

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