As advisors begin another academic year, I find myself wondering where the time has gone between when I started my presidency last October and now. While the time has flown by, I acknowledge that the association has accomplished much in these 11 months.
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Strengths-based advising offers an opportunity to minimize bias and maximize inclusivity while recognizing the resilience and often overlooked talents of underrepresented students.
Encouraging and advocating for faculty to highlight their advising work may help normalize the inclusion of advising efforts in tenure and promotion materials.
The science on sleep is clear: poor sleep decreases mental capacity and compromises mental and physical health. In order for students to learn, and for any individual to thrive and enjoy clear mental focus, robust productivity and motivation, and general wellbeing, sufficient high-quality sleep is of paramount importance.
Advisors play a key role in the success of student veterans as they transition to higher education. It is imperative that advisors comprehend the strengths of student veterans and the barriers they may face in higher education.
COVID shutdowns affected Gen Zers especially hard, with things like dating, making and sustaining friendships, and learning more difficult than in the past. Colleges and universities need to help Gen Z students assimilate back into campus life following the loss of a year or more of an important stage of psychosocial and academic development.
As the field of academic advising evolves, it is an appropriate time to consider the future of the field. Utilizing student opinions, instructional design perspectives, current emerging trend lists, and academic advising theory, this article attempts to bring attention to four trends that can steer or influence the field as a whole in the next five to ten years.
Integrated advising approaches can empower advisors to uniquely adapt to individual student needs. Advisors can intentionally combine different advising approaches to achieve an individualized advising practice for each student they work with.
One belief has always been central to the author’s work in higher education: students need to be empowered to take control of their educational experience. Transformational advising inspires students to innovate and create in ways to help them grow and shape their future success.
With the sheer number of duties that academic advisors face, it is a challenge to consistently preserve fundamental elements of communication. Nudges are powerful tools that, if designed correctly, can motivate students via encouraging, informing, or preventing.
There is a lot of time and energy that goes into creating spaces for difficult conversations. The payoff is realized when students can come in, be recognized for their identities, feel a sense of belonging, then go on to graduate.
There are many meanings to the term leadership and what it entails for higher education professionals. The authors discuss key components of strong leadership that can help academic advisors lead from their position on campus.
With fifteen years of successful leadership development now behind us, we are excited to recognize the many members of the NACADA Emerging Leaders Program classes who have served the association in a myriad of ways.
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