For each Academic Advising Today column I wrote as NACADA President, I spent time reviewing what the NACADA Presidents before me wrote at the same point in their presidencies. The themes are fairly consistent: transition, reflection, and appreciation
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The only thing that is constant is change… As you move forward this fall on your campuses, please know that your association is here to support you every step of the way.
The relational aspect of advising is gaining momentum as higher education continues to wrestle with student retention while simultaneously juggling technological advances, decreased funding, and the digital advances of a global society. Although the development of a relationship between the advisor and student is imperative, the advising structure/model also plays a role in the relational aspect of advising.
If advisors are to embody NACADA’s (2017) Core Values, they must evaluate ways their philosophy or techniques perpetuate systemic inequities. One such framework worth consideration is parallel planning and alternative advising.
As the profession of academic advising continues to evolve, it is important for academic advisors to develop strong leadership skills to advocate for students, their roles on campus, and the academic advising profession.
The authors explore Hansen's (2018) five rules for disciplined collaboration through the lens of their 2020 NACADA Annual Conference presentation, which mashed up Strengths-based Advising and The Umbrella Academy.
Undergraduate students often lack regular encounters and communication with middle and older adults. Interactions between advisors and advisees of different generations can have positive spill-over effects in the college and university community and beyond.
Transfer students face many challenges and barriers that traditional students do not. The more t knowledge of the nuanced policies and procedures gained throughout the transfer process, the more likely they will succeed.
It is important for advisors to help art students shift their preoccupation with career trend forecasts and look at the lifelong arc of their pursuit in the arts. A focus on life’s work expands students’ perspectives.
At the time they enter college, some students already have aspirations to attend graduate or professional school. What steps can advisors take to help undergraduate students lay the foundation for success in graduate school and their future careers?
Planning for an advising session with an advisee involves the advisor learning as much as possible about the student. While getting to know advisees as unique individuals is important, leveraging generational and institutional data can frame the puzzle. Once academic advisors know their advisees, they can begin to identify and assist with student needs.
In the past year, the higher education community has experienced massive changes. As practitioners working in a helping profession, advisors may be experiencing burn-out and pandemic fatigue. The authors discuss strategies to combat additional stress and promote advisor self-care.
With more than a decade of successful leadership development to celebrate, the NACADA Emerging Leaders Program recognizes the many members of the ELP classes who have served in leadership positions and welcomes the incoming Class.
The author found the NACADA Virtual Administrators’ Institute to be broadly relevant for new and seasoned advising administrators, for those in small programs with limited oversight and those in charge of large programs, for those overseeing faculty advisors and those in charge of primary-role advisors.
The author always been drawn to conversations related to continuous improvement, outcomes, and focusing on how data can help inform decisions and drive the story advisors tell about their work. The NACADA Assessment Institute proved to be a perfect fit for learning more about academic advising assessment.
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