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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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Multicultural awareness is essential for academic advisors, for our cultural identity "is central to what we see, how we make sense of what we see, and how we express ourselves."

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communication, build relationships, advisor competencies, cultural differences, Leigh Cunningham
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Peer advising offers several advantages, including versatility, compatibility with pre-existing academic advising programs, sensitivity to student needs, and the ability to extend the range and scope of advising to times and venues when advising is not usually available. 

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peer advising, Heidi Koring
Posted in: 2005 June 28:2
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Academic advisors can play an integral role in promoting student success by assisting students in ways that encourage them to engage in the right kinds of activities, inside and outside the classroom.

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graduation rates, role of advisor, student motivation, persistence, advising director, George Kuh
Posted in: 2006 June 29:2
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Academic advisors tell and listen to stories every day...narrative theory—found mainly in literature, film studies, anthropology, and nursing—recommends itself as an example of how theory from outside academic advising may help us better explain academic advising and make us better practitioners. 

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theory, theory to practice, theoretical reflections, active listening, Peter Hagen
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Today’s students use technologies to explore their world in entirely new ways. With these new technologies they speak an entirely different language, one they expect us to understand... Our students look to us to incorporate these new technologies into our advising practice. 

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advisor competencies, technology, digital, Brad Cunningham
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The issues of social justice and equity are growing in importance across the academy... Although NACADA (2008) “promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students” (¶1), how often do academic advisors examine their roles in upholding social justice through advising?

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communication, build relationships, cultural differences, active listening, advising environment, Melissa Lantta
Posted in: 2008 June 31:2
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Baxter Magolda’s (2001) Learning Partnerships Model (LPM) provides a three-principled heuristic for implementing interactive and engaged advising that may help advisors help students who are in need of learning to balance multiple perspectives...Implementation of the LPM with diverse college students, however, requires recognition of cultural differences.

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decision-making, undecided, cultural differences, Jane Pizzolato
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We spend so much of our time encouraging our students to become lifelong learners that sometimes we forget to “walk the talk.” Conferences like the NACADA annual and regional conferences are just some of the opportunities we have to continue to grow and develop as professionals and people.

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Jennifer Bloom
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Since our last Annual Conference in Baltimore in October 2007, NACADA has had an awesome year! Our Association has continued to grow in its membership, its influence in higher education internationally, and in the variety of new and innovative professional development opportunities for you. Here are just a few of the key advancements made this year...

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Charlie Nutt, news
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NACADA’s commitment to professional development is central to the advancement of career-building within the ranks of academic advising. Currently, there is no systematic understanding of, or advocacy for, career ladders for academic advisors across the range of educational institutions. To begin that discussion, several universities have developed career ladders for advising professionals and advisors within these programs have shared information from their institutions.

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professional development, advising director, Cindy Iten, Albert Mathey
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Advisors are vital members of a larger team made up of faculty and staff who collectively are responsible for creating a dynamic learning environment that is responsive to the unique understandings and goals of each student.

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role of advisor, Douglas Estry
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Our advising exchanges can be more than one-sided interactions; consider moving beyond a discussion on the conversation spectrum and closer towards dialogue. Even if we can’t engage in a true dialogue for all of our advising appointments, there are some aspects of dialogue advisors can use regularly to improve the quality of conversations with advisees.

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communication, active listening, Anna Mitchell McLeod
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It is in advisors’ offices where students discover how that education will enrich them, not only as they start along their career paths, but in ways they never expected throughout their lives.

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reflection, role of advisor, Liberal Arts, Julie Givans
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Disability services staff members are often seen as “disability experts,” yet these same professionals may or may not be “advising experts.” As such, it is imperative that academic advisors strive to achieve competency in advising all students, including those with disabilities. The ability to adequately advise all students – to include those with disabilities – could be termed inclusive advising. 

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advisor competencies, disabilities, Nikki Allen Dyer
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Over the past year, full time and faculty advisors have had an opportunity to meet in informal settings at the state, regional and national conferences to discuss areas of concern in advising Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students. During these discussions, advisors have identified many challenges that confront them when advising this designated population. Some of these challenges will be addressed in the following discussion.

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career advising, major choice, STEM, Margaret Steele, Peg Steele
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However, based on my research, I would add a supplemental advising approach that incorporates aspects of Bandura’s (1989) four sources of self-efficacy.

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build relationships, career advising, at-risk students, active listening, Ranee Boyd Tomlin
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While many different types of workers think during their jobs, the primary purpose of a knowledge worker’s job is the creation, distribution, or application of knowledge. Academic advisors are the type of knowledge worker who learn and distribute information. 

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advising director, David Freitag
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The Diversity Committee and the Emerging Leaders Development Team are pleased to announce the 2008-2010 NACADA Emerging Leaders and Mentors.

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Emerging Leaders Program
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As our world becomes a global community, the significance of producing globally-competent citizens is turning into a hot topic on university and college campuses. As academic advisors move away from a “service”-oriented role to that of a “teacher”, we also need to fulfill our duty in the name of critical pedagogy.

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international, Global Community, Yung-Hwa Anna Chow
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It is my honor and pleasure to serve as NACADA’s President this coming year as the Association celebrates its 30th Anniversary...I look forward to my term as President this year while our Association pays particular attention to a number of critical and exciting areas.

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news, Casey Self
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I want to take this opportunity to outline for you the goals for enhanced use of technology...

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Charlie Nutt, news
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As NACADA begins the adventure of internationalization, the Theory and Philosophy of Advising Commission  focuses on expanding the theoretical and philosophical foundations of academic advising to better inform the practice of advisors, the scholarship of the field, and the performance of the organization. 

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international, Shannon Burton, Global Community, Jeffrey McClellan
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Students may seek a mentor for various reasons...The ethics of referring students requires a careful balance between taking the students’ articulated interests seriously and at the same time nudging them towards new ways to grow.

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high achieving, honors, Marion Schwartz
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Finding the right combination of appropriate intervention and student participation is a challenge frequently discussed on the NACADA Probation / Dismissal / Reinstatement Issues (PDR) Interest Group listserv and during the PDR Interest Group sessions at NACADA conferences. 

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probation, Chris Maroldo, Gwen Hobley
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Often we look at professional development in terms of adding lines to the resume. The reality, though, is that experiences lead to our growth as professionals. By challenging ourselves to go beyond what we know and try new things, we model and mentor to our students and colleagues.

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mentoring, Emerging Leaders Program, Karen Sullivan-Vance, Audrey Jackson
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As advisors, we have all had the experience of working with a student who has had at least one parent involved in their post-secondary decisions...It is important to remember that students with their parents’ support are entering post-secondary education from a high school environment which not only encouraged additional parental involvement, but in some cases mandated it because research demonstrated that the more parental involvement, the more successful students became in high school...Post-secondary professionals must accept this parental involvement and embrace it.

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parent relationships, parental involvement, parents, Darren Francis, Nicholas Johnson
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There is a perception within higher education that students who start college without a declared major are less likely to persist. This article includes a brief summary of the literature related to persistence and undecided/exploratory students.

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undeclared, undecided, David Spight
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Native Americans have attended college in the United States since colonial times. Unfortunately, the experience of most Native students at predominantly White institutions has not been entirely positive...Two major barriers still remain for Native Americans: the struggle to get into college and, if admitted, the struggle to successfully complete a degree. The desire to remove these barriers was behind the start of the Tribal College movement.

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at-risk students, cultural differences, underprepared students, Les Ridingin, Robert Longwell-Grice, Adrienne Thunder
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Chances are that no amount of books (self-help and otherwise) and no amount of years under our belts in working with students could have prepared us for the realities of life in the director’s or dean’s chair...I offer the following observations directly to new administrators who have stepped into the fray with heavy metal body armor adjusted, swords drawn, and olive branches waving.

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advising director, Jayne Drake
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In January 2007, the Master Faculty Advisor Program was implemented at Georgia Perimeter College. Each campus, depending on size, was assigned one to three Master Faculty Advisors to develop training programs, including a Web site. These Master Faculty Advisors provide campus and college-wide leadership on advising issues

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faculty advisors, Tamra Ortgies Young, Cynthia Walker
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NACADA opened my eyes to the network of academic advising resources available and provided me the opportunity to develop an Action Plan for leading the Advising Task Force at my institution.

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advising director, Donna Ekal
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NACADA Webinars are popular with NACADA members. Academic advisors have fun when they gather, and we often find great resources in discussing issues and ideas with each other. The Webinar Advisory Board has been discussing how we have “consumed” Webinars. Here are some examples of how campuses are organizing to make the most of Webinar participation.

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professional development, technology, Melissa Lantta, Karen Thurmond
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As the nation continues down a turbulent financial path, we will undoubtedly be called upon to justify our advising programs and the impact our programs have on student success and student persistence. We have shown, and we can continue to show, the tremendous impact academic advising has on all aspects of the student experience.

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research, retention, persistence, advising research, Brett McFarlane
Posted in: 2009 March 32:1
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Academic advisors have always helped with a variety of student issues; however, as budget cuts are considered, it may become even more important that we be aware of the wide variety of knowledge and assistance we, as academic advisors, provide on a day-to-day basis.

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news, Casey Self
Posted in: 2009 March 32:1
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In the past 30 years, NACADA has grown substantially to nearly 11,000 members internationally and has become one of the key associations in all of higher education. 

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Charlie Nutt, news
Posted in: 2009 March 32:1
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Academic advisors should play a major role in the recruitment process for education programs. There are several issues and barriers which are unique to recruiting students to enter teacher training programs. What strategies can be implemented to address these issues and barriers?

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role of advisor, Lee Kem, Darcie Peterson
Posted in: 2009 March 32:1
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Making lasting and meaningful changes requires commitment and effort. Advisors have been long committed to promoting and practicing diversity; the discussed approaches offer advisors down-to-earth ways to make the most of their efforts.

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international, Wei-Chien Lee
Posted in: 2009 March 32:1
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Advisors who know their students' talents and understand their faculty colleagues' gifts for helping the student grow occupy an unique position where they can facilitate strong relationships between advisees and their professors.

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communication, build relationships, Adam Duberstein
Posted in: 2009 March 32:1
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In the classroom, students compose essays in stages that include several drafts that are edited by peers and the instructor. Following steps enables students to see how the parts create and relate to the finished essay and requires writing with direction and purpose. When I look at these steps as an advisor, I see how they could occur on a smaller scale in one session, or how they may occur before, during, or over multiple sessions with one or more advisor(s). 

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communication, advising strategy, advising approaches, Jessica Newcomb
Posted in: 2009 March 32:1
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Development and implementation of a peer advising program can create an additional resource for students and assist staff in meeting advising needs more efficiently. However, many staff and faculty are unsure how or where to begin in developing a peer advising program. A framework that helps ensure that crucial information is available can be helpful in beginning the development process. 

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peer advising, Dana Zahorik
Posted in: 2009 March 32:1
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All students, whether intentional or not, are subject to their school’s plagiarism policies. As advisors, we can work to curtail the proliferation of plagiarism on our own campuses and help students succeed.

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international, Leslie Staggers
Posted in: 2009 March 32:1
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In recent years, there have been many references to “Advising as Teaching” in the academic advising professional literature... from my perspective as one who has spent almost 23 years plowing the fields as an academic advisor, and almost that much time growing roses as a hobby, I believe that a strong argument also can be made for using another metaphor, that of “Advising as Gardening!”

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empathy, build relationships, encouraging students, Linda Johnson
Posted in: 2009 March 32:1
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In March 2007 at the NACADA Region VII Conference, we listened with interest as Charlie Nutt gave a short talk about a new NACADA program initiative. He described the Emerging Leaders Program as “exciting and innovative” – a great way to for individuals to spread their wings within NACADA... we both immediately decided to apply.

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Emerging Leaders Program, Carol Pollard, Jo Anne Huber
Posted in: 2009 March 32:1
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Although “you had to be there” to truly understand the incredible experience... I encourage each NACADA member to experience a Summer Institute this coming summer or in the near future. Participants leave the Institute with a more thorough appreciation of what advising means, with a deeper understanding of the theory that supports our roles as academic advisors, and with more knowledge regarding how we can help our students succeed. 

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summer institute, Patsy Krech
Posted in: 2009 March 32:1
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Results of Member Assessment at 2008 NACADA Annual Conference Terry Musser, NACADA Board of Directors Assessments of membership information...

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news, Terry Musser
Posted in: 2009 March 32:1
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As members of the NACADA Board of Directors, the AAT Editorial Board, and the Executive Office staff have talked with our membership around the globe, it has become clear that we share a common concern about the pressures that we all face in the current economic climate. We open this edition with the positive, constructive measures that have been taken at Georgia Perimeter College to ensure the success of the academic advising program at that institution.

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retention, at-risk students, persistence, Anthony Tricoli
Posted in: 2009 June 32:2
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The NACADA Board of Directors and Council convened in San Antonio March 21-22 for our mid-year business meetings. I thought it would be appropriate to use this column to give my fellow NACADA members an update on two of the more timely topics the Board and Council are addressing at this time.

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news, Casey Self
Posted in: 2009 June 32:2
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This is NACADA's 30th Birthday! In "association years," we are still in our adolescence, growing and expanding, reaching for new horizons, and finding innovative ways to connect with each of you and provide the highest quality support and professional development opportunities to enhance the success of your students.

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Charlie Nutt, news
Posted in: 2009 June 32:2
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If academic advising is a form teaching, what do advisors teach?

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advisor competencies, learning outcomes, Amy Lance
Posted in: 2009 June 32:2
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We are currently experiencing one of the worst economic downturns in our country's history... The severity of the recession has left America's education in a precarious position...Advisors must be prepared to deal with new challenges and situations.

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academic support, advising strategy, encouraging students, Yung-Hwa Anna Chow
Posted in: 2009 June 32:2
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Academic and career advisors must keep up with economic forecasts to help students with career planning and to pay particular attention to the special needs that students may have in a down economy...Advisors who encourage students to gain practical experience, expand their skill sets, and remain flexible give students the tools needed to react to the range of economic cycles they will experience in their lifetime.

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career advising, Gregg Henderschiedt
Posted in: 2009 June 32:2
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Our world is becoming ever more interconnected, and the ability to examine life from a truly global perspective is a valuable skill that everyone should possess.

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international, cultural capital, Jay Minert
Posted in: 2007 June 30:2
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As our collegiate communities contemplate revenue shortfalls and endowment shrinkages, many of our students are facing financial concerns. Regardless of external situations, it is incumbent that PDR advisors remember that the student is the heart of the educational enterprise.

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retention, at-risk students, dismissal, probation, Andrea Harris
Posted in: 2007 June 30:2
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This article discusses tools that can be used to help academic advisors increase their happiness and positivity levels.

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collaboration, build relationships, Mary Beth Ely
Posted in: 2009 June 32:2
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Two advisors share some 'tried and true' tips for increasing the chances of attending off-campus professional development opportunities on the institution's dime.

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professional development, Les Ridingin, Scott Amundsen
Posted in: 2009 June 32:2
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Motivational Interviewing allows the student and advisor to work in collaboration, with the student choosing initial behavioral changes to improve the current situation. These small first steps can lead to additional behaviors beneficial to the academic success of the student. 

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communication, collaboration, academic support, advising strategy, active listening, Robert Pettay
Posted in: 2009 June 32:2
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The number of students with documented disabilities - physical, cognitive, psychiatric or medical - has been steadily increasing on campuses across the country...Advisors are uniquely positioned to support students with disabilities and awareness of changes in the law, such as with the ADA Amendment Act, are important. 

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at-risk students, LaDonna Bridges
Posted in: 2009 June 32:2
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Advisors on campuses across the U.S. have noted increased numbers of military students enrolled at their institutions...higher education must respond to the needs of these students with programs that aid smooth transitions if these students' collegiate experiences are to be meaningful. 

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at-risk students, military, Lisa Keenan
Posted in: 2009 June 32:2
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An increasing number of veterans are attending college campuses...It is important that academic advisors and counselors have an understanding of PTSD and the military culture in order to better serve these proud service members. 

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at-risk students, military, Phyllis Goldberg, Paul Kyle, Randall Dawson
Posted in: 2009 June 32:2
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Advisors are one of the most important supports for returning veteran students as they get comfortable with being with younger and less mature students and decide if they want to stay in school. 

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military, Steven Bailey
Posted in: 2009 June 32:2
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Many experts see a nationwide decline in math-preparedness. The NACADA Two-Year College Commission suggests that advisors discuss a series of questions in regard to working with students underprepared in mathematics.

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at-risk students, underprepared students, Deborah Herzog
Posted in: 2009 June 32:2
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There are four key areas where academic advisors need to be bold.  Hang tight on these, and you will fulfill the NACADA values.  More importantly, you will serve your advisees well.

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career advising, major choice, personal philosophy, student motivation, advising strategy, advising approaches, encouraging students, advising director, David Throgmorton
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In 1979, a group of academic advising professionals successfully chartered a new association in higher education, the National Academic Advising Association. Thirty years later, we celebrate an organization that has become one of higher education’s premier educational associations.

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news, Casey Self
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We are beginning our celebration with this important issue of Academic Advising Today, highlighting not only major events and achievements of our 30 years, but also celebrating key leaders in our history.

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Charlie Nutt, news
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I was working as a Counselor at Ocean County College in Toms River, New Jersey when my boss showed me the flier for the First National Conference on Academic Advising in Burlington, Vermont...

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history, Margaret King, Thomas Grites
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Becoming an active member of NACADA provided me with expertise in the field and with a life-time of friends...NACADA was a gift that would keep on giving!

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history, Brenda Hart, Tom Brown
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The amazing feature, as I think back about my 21 nationals, is that the prints I developed during my 15 or so paparazzi years, both as the unofficial and official photographer, provide a record of members having fun, being confident and committed to the Association, modeling collaboration and community—even in spite of a few sibling squabbles.

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history, J.D. Beatty
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The early years of NACADA were full of interesting dilemmas, successes, and experiments...Many of the organizational policies, resources, and activities we now take for granted were born out of the needs and concerns that appeared in those early years.

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history, Virginia Gordon
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As 2009 brings economic woes to the world, NACADA members can feel secure in knowing that NACADA remains financially strong.  This strength is not by accident, but rather through the diligent work of past Treasurers, Boards of Directors and the Executive Office, who put the policies into place to create a firm financial base for the Association.

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history, Mike McCauley, Eileen McDonough, Roberta “Bobbie” Flaherty
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In early 1988, the NACADA Board of Directors recognized the need to establish an Executive Office to handle the Association’s ever growing membership and financial tasks.

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history, Roberta “Bobbie” Flaherty
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At a time when the primary focus of higher education institutions was the recruitment and retention of the 18-to-22 year old college student, NACADA had the vision to examine the advising needs of the adult student.

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history, Cheryl Polson
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The low cost and burgeoning excitement about the field of advising attracted 56 individuals to attend that first ACT Summer Institute. The Institute was described as a “…participative, action-oriented, and in-depth exploration of the issues and concerns expressed by college administrators.”

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history, Wes Habley
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Through the years, it has been exciting to monitor how the LGBTA Commission has lived its mission.  Commission members have presented at several regional and national conferences, coordinated national preconference workshops, and developed print and electronic resources.

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NACADA history, Randy Jedele, GLBT, GLBTQ
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NACADA was incorporated in Vermont in 1979 with 429 members and 18 members on the Board of Directors. Twenty years later, in 1999, there were 5318 members in the Association and more than 50 members on the Board. While not all Board members had voting rights, they all attended the meetings and had a voice in discussions where there was much conversation regarding who should speak and who should vote as representatives of different member constituencies... At the Fall 1999 Board meeting in Denver, President-elect 
Betsy McCalla-Wriggins (Rowan University) was appointed to chair a Task Force to investigate possible restructuring of the Association to better address these issues.

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NACADA history
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In the late 1990s and early 2000s, as institutional interest in academic advising began to grow seemingly exponentially, the need to support those in administrative positions became apparent. In much the same way that the first annual conference and, indeed, the Association itself were the result of a conversation between concerned individuals, so, too, the conceptual framework for the first NACADA Administrators’ Institute was the result of a conversation between advising administrators and the newly appointed Associate Director of NACADA, Charlie Nutt.

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NACADA history
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NACADA’s Awards Program every year salutes the accomplishments of advising professionals and the innovations of advising programs on campuses everywhere.

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Jayne Drake, NACADA history
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At the 1999 mid-year Board of Directors meeting ,Skip Crownhart(Metropolitan State College of Denver), 1999 Annual Conference Chair, challenged the Board of Directors to bring more people of color into positions of leadership within the organization. NACADA President Nancy King responded by appointing a Task Force to investigate diversity within the organization. For the next several years, Skip and others continued to repeat the message of opening leadership doors.

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Emerging Leaders Program, NACADA history
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Great thought leaders represent one of the major driving forces of history and an underlying power for constructing local and global culture patterns...Just such individuals are now needed within NACADA to catalyze its march into the future.

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role of advisor, professionalism, advising director, Jeffrey McClellan
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Students walk into our lives as they enter the academy in search of their academic goals and career aspirations.  With our help, they shape an academic plan that sets them on a course that changes them inevitably—once and for all—for good.

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news, Kathy Stockwell, Jayne Drake
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NACADA and the role of academic advising in the lives of students have definitely grown together in the past 30 years in a very symbiotic manner.  NACADA has had a direct impact on higher education’s understanding of the value of academic advising in student persistence and success, and the recognition of academic advising as both a profession and an integral component of student success initiatives has had a direct impact on NACADA’s growth in membership and influence in higher education.

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Charlie Nutt, news
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As we look at the current landscape of theories, philosophies, and approaches to advising...I urge advisors to consider the ways in which the disciplines shape the advising discourse and how that might shape the development or selection of an advising model consistent with that disciplinary discourse...Rather than seeking one model of advising across your institution, consider how the major disciplines can help promote a rich array of advising conversations. 

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theory to practice, faculty advisors, advising approaches, Victoria McGillin
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Some people fare better than others when faced with life stressors, disasters and loss. Resilience has been identified as a fundamental explanation for this difference.

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academic support, encouraging students, grieving, dealing with death, Robert Johnson
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Recovering from disasters is a process that takes time – for us and for our advisees. We must recognize our own stages of recovery and realize that our stages impact how we respond to students. We must be patient with ourselves and with advisees if we are to help achieve recovery.

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empathy, academic support, encouraging students, dealing with death, Lee Kem
01

For advisors at research universities, one important framework for advising students and their parents often goes unused, and that is the research mission of the institution.

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advising strategy, advising approaches, advising environment, Britt Andreatta
01

While academic advisors can, and do, provide guidance and the occasional shoulder, advisors cannot serve as a substitute for the camaraderie and support that comes from a fellow student, someone who is in the trenches.

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peer advising, adult learners, Lisa Peck
01

Academic advisors should work closely with their global education/study abroad/international programs office to stay on top of the Bologna reforms and how these reforms impact advising at their schools.

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international, global university, Rose Begalla
01

Foster Care Alumni are an often overlooked student subgroup within the First Generation student population.

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at-risk students, first generation students, Chris Bennett Klefeker
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Advisors play such an essential role in a college student’s experience.  We are a teacher, a guide, a coach, a case manager, and an attorney all rolled up into one.  We are presented with cases, complaints, and offenses all the time. However, before we make our closing arguments, before we are ready to rule, I believe that we should first take the time to dig.

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academic support, at-risk students, active listening, Alison Chandler
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If the cure for apathy has anything to do with its antonym, then the best way we can overcome this epidemic is to increase our activism, vigor, and purpose. It is a daunting task, but as professional and faculty advisors, we can reverse the effects of apathy in order to strengthen our institutions and promote student retention and success.

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collaboration, at-risk students, advising strategy, common reading, underprepared students, Nikol Luther
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While advisors often encourage students to become lifelong learners, they themselves are often so strapped for time that they shortchange their own lifelong learning pursuits. Fortunately, there are cost-effective options that advising administrators can use to promote lifelong learning.

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professional development, reflection, Jennifer Bloom, Bryant Hutson, Ye He
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While there may be much discussion among advisors regarding the “what,” “why,” and “how” of advising, there is agreement on one point: there is a greater demand for advising than there are advisors to meet it. That, combined with the very real economic challenges facing most institutions and growing advising caseloads, finds advisors considering alternative ways to meet student needs. One popular approach for dealing with this challenge is group advising.

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advising strategy, advising approaches, Becky Ryan
Posted in: 2010 March 33:1
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We hope that all NACADA members will think of themselves as diamonds in a vast backyard—a world-wide network of advising professionals. You are the change makers both on your own campuses and among your students. We urge you to inspire and be inspired. 

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news, Kathy Stockwell, Jayne Drake
Posted in: 2010 March 33:1
01

As we continue to deal with decreased funding and increased student numbers, the issue of student success grows more important to our administrators, our students, and our public constituencies. Because student success is so often measured by retention and persistence to graduation, it is essential that advisors and advising administrators continue to grow in our knowledge, talents, and skills through continuing professional development.

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Charlie Nutt, news
Posted in: 2010 March 33:1
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Student advising centers are seen as accessible locations featuring professional advisors who facilitate student potential by assisting with educational plans and connecting students to campus resources – for the students who come. But what about the students who don’t?

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advising strategy, physical space, advising director, Terry Carroll
Posted in: 2010 March 33:1
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To proactively address student attrition, Drexel University’s online Master of Science in Higher Education (MSHE) Program has integrated Online Human Touch (OHT) into instruction and programming to engage students and personalize the online educational experience. Results include high student retention rates, high levels of student satisfaction, and active alumni engagement.

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distance, Kristen Betts, Maria Lanza-Gladney
Posted in: 2010 March 33:1
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As advisors, we tell our liberal arts and social science students to “follow your heart” and “study what you love” in college. But, when it comes to career advising, how do we help these students “follow their hearts” to career success?

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career advising, advising theory, Liberal Arts, Paula Landon, Kerry Hammock
Posted in: 2010 March 33:1
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As academic advisors we interact with the entire campus community to communicate possibilities to students as they identify patterns and phenomenon that explain the world. But the majority of advisors never venture beyond this state of hypothesis to validate their knowledge, share it with other advisors, or use it to inform practice. Why?

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advising director, advising research, Sharon Aiken-Wisniewski
Posted in: 2010 March 33:1
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To ascertain what our millennial students wanted and needed from academic advisors, we designed a twenty-three item questionnaire that first-year students completed ...The survey results reflect how our students’ needs and approaches compare with those of typical millennial students and suggest areas for change in our present advising practices. 

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advising strategy, advising approaches, advising research, Gerrit Bleeker, Martha Bleeker, Barbara Bleeker
Posted in: 2010 March 33:1
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This informal study shows the potential for examining the academic language advisors, faculty, and staff use in communication with students...[and] serves as an example of how advisors can do quick, informal studies on topics that affect their advising practice and make a difference to the success of our students.

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advising research, Brad Molder
Posted in: 2010 March 33:1
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The use of “customer service” techniques in academic advising is controversial because of mixed perceptions regarding the definition of the word “service.” Many advisors fear the adverse effects this shift could have on the student-advisor relationship...How do advisors meet the service expectations of students while remaining true to our student development roots?

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communication, community relationships, advising approaches, advising director, John Updegraff
Posted in: 2010 March 33:1
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I was perusing the NACADA Web site and saw on the events page that a Summer Institute would be only a three hour drive from my house! With my fingers crossed, I completed a Summer Institute Scholarship application and submitted it...

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summer institute, Jacqueline Wood
Posted in: 2010 March 33:1
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In China, we have an old saying: Talking with you for one moment is much better than reading books for ten years. At the NACADA Summer Institute, I talked with faculty members and fellow participants for seven days...

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summer institute, Weidong Zhang
Posted in: 2010 March 33:1
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The emergence and growth of Web 2.0 software has introduced various new methods for communication in academic advising...This article provides the reader with a general description of how some Web 2.0 tools are being utilized in academic advising.

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technology, Brian French
Posted in: 2010 March 33:1
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Ten tips to ease the new advisor’s transition into the field or to remind veteran advisors of the things they should keep in mind when working with new colleagues.

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new advisor, Erin Justyna, Rebecca Daly Cofer
Posted in: 2010 March 33:1
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Most advisors encounter student lies during our careers. It is helpful if we have a game plan ready to address these issues with students and still maintain a professional advising relationship. 

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communication, build relationships, advising strategy, Amber Schuler
Posted in: 2010 March 33:1
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Frost (2000) indicated that the field of academic advising has progressed through three eras: higher education before academic advising was defined, academic advising as a defined and unexamined activity, and academic advising as a defined and examined activity. I assert that academic advising is now facing a fourth era due the societal changes emerging from the globalization process.

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international, Shannon Burton, Global Community
Posted in: 2010 June 33:2
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Advisors play a powerful role in higher education today because they stand at the nexus between the students who often enter the academy unformed and undefined and those who leave with identities and life direction shaped by a convergence of influences marked by positive interactions with faculty members and professional advisors.

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news, Jayne Drake
Posted in: 2010 June 33:2
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Due to a myriad of reasons, higher education across the world is at a pivotal place in history; but no reason is as important as the increasing focus on Student Success! Academic advising is key to this success.

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Charlie Nutt, news
Posted in: 2010 June 33:2
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Even in the most challenging times, autonomy and freedom are powerful incentives that colleges can offer employees at little cost...

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Tim Kirkner, Julie Levinson, advising director
Posted in: 2010 June 33:2
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We learned in this hot topic session that, although faculty advisors understand the important role advising plays in the success of students, not much progress has been made since 2008. We must continue to advocate for increased assessment, training, rewards, and recognition for this major component of the college process.

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faculty advisors, Victoria McGillin, Tamra Ortgies-Young, Lee Kem
Posted in: 2010 June 33:2
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Advising administrators will find the advice shared in the Advocates Skill Set helpful in forming the solid collaborations needed for building, maintaining, or improving an advising program in our current budget times.

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advising director, Ralph Anttonen, Michelle M. White
Posted in: 2010 June 33:2
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The benefits are infinite for advisors who plan a campus professional development event that addresses their specific needs. With some planning, sharing, and camaraderie great opportunities abound for the entire campus.

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professional development, advisor training, Elizabeth Nunley
Posted in: 2010 June 33:2
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Although most advisors are not trained financial aid counselors, it is important that we have a general understanding of available financial resources if we are to refer students to the proper “expert.”

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advisor training, financial aid, Joe Murray, Hannah Yang
Posted in: 2010 June 33:2
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As veterans transition from a military to collegiate setting, both veterans and the campus communities must adjust to the change and the differing value systems held within the military and academic communities.

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at-risk students, adult learners, disabilities, John Mikelson
Posted in: 2010 June 33:2
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The NACADA Annual Conference is my birthday present to myself...It’s a major part of my professional development.

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professional development, Emerging Leaders Program, Sarah Ann Hones
Posted in: 2010 June 33:2
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Those of us who advise students nearing the end of their degree, certificate, or training programs know that there is good news and bad news connected with advising these students.

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career advising, academic support, Sarah May Clarkson
Posted in: 2010 June 33:2
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Advisors play an important role in the success of non-traditional students. It is critical that we reflect upon our advisor preparation and expectations if we are to help them succeed.

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advisor training, at-risk students, Jennifer Varney, adult learners, Lorneth Peters, MeHee Hyun, Sylvie Taylor
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There is a tradition among NACADA presidents to use the September issue of Academic Advising Today to wrap up their year as president by casting a long look back—a kind of year in review—and sometimes by peering as far as the eye can see into the future...

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news, Jayne Drake
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One may ask why, in these tough financial times, have NACADA’s programs and publications grown and expanded during the past year? I feel strongly that it is because institutions are very carefully evaluating professional development opportunities and supporting only the best with their limited resources; many institutions have determined that NACADA provides the highest quality in professional development events and publications.

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Charlie Nutt, news
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The most important lesson I learned while studying abroad was the importance of adaptation...

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international, Ian Keil
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When we learn more about individual international education systems, accept cultural differences, and learn basic greetings in the native languages of our students, we can better serve all of our international students.

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international, cultural differences, Yung-Hwa Anna Chow
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For many advisors, the increased international presence on campuses is both exciting and challenging as they adjust to meeting the needs of an entirely different population of students.

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international, Courtney Yount McGinnis
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Students will not go to a stranger – especially a member of faculty – when their world is collapsing. We needed to change our model of Personal Tutoring from reactive to proactive.

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international, cultural differences, Sue Robbins
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I am interested in meeting students where they are using technologies that are meaningful to them in order to enhance our face-to-face interactions...

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technology, Rey Junco
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As state budgets decrease and endowments shrink, advising administrators face difficult student services and staffing decisions...how institutions in two states are handling these budget shortfalls.

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Gayle Juneau, advising director, Joel Carr, Nancy Markee, Margaret Pentecost
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As an “arts” advisor, I frequently speak with parents about the “practicality” of an arts degree. Many parents want to know exactly what their student can “do” with a degree in Music, Theatre, or Dance...Parents need assistance to see that the skills the student learns in an arts program have merit in non-arts fields.

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career advising, parents, Liberal Arts, Shaun McCracken
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Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board Chair Nathan Vickers (University of Texas-Austin) is pleased to announce the 2010-2012 NACADA Emerging Leaders and Mentors.

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Emerging Leaders Program
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Right now, astounding changes are occurring in academic advising because of the work of a few dedicated leaders...it is my hope that this issue of Academic Advising Today will inspire all of us to lead change through passion, compassion, initiative, attention, and persistence.

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professionalism, Jeffrey McClellan
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The recent Annual Conference was, again, testament to the fact that advising is alive and well on campuses around the world, advisors are heavily invested in the success of their students, and NACADA plays an integral role in promoting and sustaining academic advising as a critical component of student services at our colleges and universities.

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news, president, Kathy Stockwell
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I am always on an emotional high after our Annual Conference, but this year I am even more so.  It was exciting to open our conference with good news...

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Charlie Nutt, news
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While never oblivious to the world outside the US, over the last few years NACADA leaders have actively pursued the idea of a “global community for academic advising.”  Clearly this raises the need to find common ground between advisors from wildly varying backgrounds.

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international, Global Community, cultural differences, Oscar van den Wijngaard
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When academic advisors create partnerships with secondary school stakeholders, the results are far-reaching...

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retention, graduation rates, first year students, at-risk students, persistence, first generation students, Amanda Hodges
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Successful college matriculation demands not only the rhetorical commitment to higher education but to a life structured to an acceptance that graduation from college is possible...The role of the advisor is to assist the student in making reasoned choices, acquiring needed skills, and serving as the “reality check” that will make college possible.

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role of advisor, at-risk students, community relationships, underprepared students, first generation students, Thomas Johnson
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Professional and faculty advisors can develop a strong, valuable relationship that aids the institution and its students.

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collaboration, faculty advisors, Joan Krush, Sara Winn
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Identity matters as we make daily value judgments about our work and construct professional development plans for ourselves. But advisors’ self-constructed identities and our campus-constructed reputations may differ depending on the company we keep.

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collaboration, Becky Olive-Taylor
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While new advisors come into the field with many questions and much to learn, they also bring with them a unique skill set.

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collaboration, new advisor, Amy LaRocca
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The blog platform allows unprecedented student access within our college community and helps us improve the continuity of the information stream to students.

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communication, technology, David Lichtenstein
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Mentors from the Emerging Leaders Program come from all walks of NACADA life and all levels of leadership and involvement.

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mentoring, Emerging Leaders Program, Sandy Waters, Todd Taylor
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Advisors’ moment-to-moment awareness of what is happening in an advising session can have a positive impact on the experience for our students and for ourselves. Thus it is helpful when advisors understand the benefits of mindfulness practice in academic advising and the ways in which we can formally practice mindfulness in our daily routines.

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build relationships, advisor competencies, Chrissy Renfro, active listening, Eirin Grimes
Posted in: 2011 March 34:1
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For advisors spring is a time to re-energize and enhance our advising skills so we are better prepared to help our advisees succeed. A great re-energizing step is attending NACADA Regional Conferences where we can meet advising colleagues from across our regions.

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news, Kathy Stockwell
Posted in: 2011 March 34:1
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Spring is finally here and with it comes a multitude of NACADA events and resources that not only support the student success, retention, and persistence efforts at campuses across the globe, but also provide all academic advisors with the professional development and skills needed to increase the success of students.

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Charlie Nutt, news
Posted in: 2011 March 34:1
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This article discusses an analytical approach to the collection and analysis of data in academic advising and provides examples of the use of quantitative data within advising practice at International Christian University (ICU).

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research, advising research, Sonoko Morikawa
Posted in: 2011 March 34:1
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If you haven’t attended a NACADA Summer institute, do it!  It is a phenomenal opportunity to learn about academic advising and to connect with people from colleges and universities from across the globe.

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professional development, advisor training, summer institute, Belinda Viljoen
Posted in: 2011 March 34:1
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Peer advising supports the achievement of key institutional priorities, including student retention and persistence, promotion of student success, and helping students to meet their career goals.

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retention, peer advising, persistence, Dana Zahorik
Posted in: 2011 March 34:1
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Many of today’s academic advisors are overwhelmed by the number of students in their advising loads and their responsibility to help these students develop academically and personally...When addressing the challenges of managing today’s large advising loads, academic advisors can benefit tremendously from categorizing their advisees, identifying specific student needs within these categories, selecting appropriate advising formats, and utilizing available resources.

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advising strategy, advising approaches, Debra Applegate, Gayle Hartleroad
Posted in: 2011 March 34:1
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Advisors have the freedom to choose to be at one of four levels within our discipline: advising practitioner, emerging professional, advising professional, or advising scholar.

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professional development, advisor competencies, professionalism, advising director, advising research, David Freitag
Posted in: 2011 March 34:1
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When advisors understand the role of budgeting, how to manage budgets carefully, ethically and creatively, and learn to “speak the language” of budgeting, we can preserve funding and serve students even in the “lean times.”

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advising director, Robert Hurt
Posted in: 2011 March 34:1
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Wikis can be used as informational mediums for advisor training and development, provide a location to store and maintain institutional and departmental policies and procedures, and provide a digital space where departmental and university calendars can be posted and updated on a daily basis.

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technology, Kohle Paul
Posted in: 2011 March 34:1
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I strongly encourage all academic advisors to attend a NACADA Summer Institute during your career. You will be encouraged and motivated; you will learn new skills and be introduced to comprehensive resources. You will discover a wealth of wisdom, assistance, and knowledge from all you meet.

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professional development, advisor competencies, advisor training, summer institute, advising director, Colleen Bauer
Posted in: 2011 March 34:1
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It is my hope that students’ memory of me is not as an advisor sitting behind a desk, poring over Banner reports and paper files. I hope the image in their mind’s eye is of me walking, or running, somewhere on campus. I hope they remember me conversing with others and having an open door, because there is no door. I hope my example challenges them as professionals to be as accessible to their clients, patients, or students as I have tried to be for them.

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communication, build relationships, reflection, advising strategy, advising approaches, active listening, advising environment, Christina McIntyre
Posted in: 2011 June 34:2
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For NACADA, this has definitely been a busy and exciting time... Many exciting ventures are in the works, and I look forward to sharing the outcomes of those efforts in future publications and at the Annual Conference in Denver this October.

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news, president, Kathy Stockwell
Posted in: 2011 June 34:2
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While our steadily growing membership demonstrates NACADA’s financial health and stability, I am most proud of the work done by our NACADA leadership and Executive Office staff to expand our vast resources, services, and events that support our members and the profession...

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Charlie Nutt, news
Posted in: 2011 June 34:2
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In a research project funded jointly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation...One of the key research findings was that students want advice from their Personal Tutor (academic advisor) on a range of specific issues related to their thoughts about leaving, (e.g., academic failure).

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retention, international, role of advisor, personal tutoring, persistence, advising research, Sheila Pankhurst, Jacqui McCary
Posted in: 2011 June 34:2
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Advisors have much to offer prospective international students. Our academic knowledge and experiences providing developmental interactions with students make us valuable team players in our schools’ international programs.

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international, Vickie Morgan, Terese Pratt
Posted in: 2011 June 34:2
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Just like the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz, students often feel lost; they need guidance and reassurance to succeed in college. The critical component to academic success, other than student will, is advising.

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decision-making, communication, build relationships, role of advisor, encouraging students, active listening, Christine Chmielewski
Posted in: 2011 June 34:2
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Whether serving students at a community college of 5,000 or a regional university of 25,000, good advising can be defined by a model that mirrors the approach of Whole Foods Market: seek the best path, maintain quality of contact, and commit to an attainable goal for each student we advise.

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build relationships, student motivation, advising approaches, encouraging students, Carol Antill
Posted in: 2011 June 34:2
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Advising for online learners should respond to their unique needs, instead of requiring them to fit within an established organizational structure...Online learners require a “high touch” level of service in a “high tech” environment.

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adult learners, distance, Sharriette Finley, Jeanna Chapman
Posted in: 2011 June 34:2
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There are many ways in which academic advisors can work with first generation college students to help them understand the college student role as well as to academically and socially integrate into the campus community.

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retention, at-risk students, preparedness, underprepared students, Cynthia Demetriou, April Mann, first generation students
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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Three primary lessons have been learned in the years since Louisiana State University Eunice’s Pathways to Success program began: (1) students follow directions if they know what to do, (2) the program is labor intensive, and (3) communication, cooperation, and consensus-building are crucial.

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intrusive advising, communication, at-risk students, underprepared students, Paul Fowler
Posted in: 2011 June 34:2
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Students with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) are arriving on college campuses in greater numbers. While the reason for this increase can be debated, the need to develop skills to work with these students cannot be. Advisors – whether professional or faculty – can play a significant role in helping these students realize success both inside and outside the classroom.

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at-risk students, LaDonna Bridges, Asperger's Syndrome.disabilities
Posted in: 2011 June 34:2
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Ellyn Schwartzbauer was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) in 8th grade.  This article is based upon a paper written by Ellyn as part of a Developmental Psychology course requirement at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. As a successful college student with AS, she wishes to promote awareness of AS to college academic advisors.

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at-risk students, Ellen Schwartzbauer, Asperger's Syndrome
Posted in: 2011 June 34:2
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In recruiting to retain underrepresented populations, it is important to develop early and consistent relationships. Advisors who express that students are valued can create a meaningful and personal connection early in each student’s educational career.

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retention, communication, academic support, at-risk students, cultural differences, persistence, Christine Lancaster, Chelsea Smith, Kelsey Boyer
Posted in: 2011 June 34:2
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Because technologies are nearly an infinite resource in today’s world, finding cool technologies is easy but relatively unimportant to student success. It is more important that advisors understand how, why, and when to implement technology in advising.

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technology, Joshua Larson, learning outcomes
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As my year as President comes to an end, I am still honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve our Association in this capacity. This has definitely been the highlight of my professional career...

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news, Kathy Stockwell
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In just a few short weeks, NACADA members from across the globe will gather for our Annual Conference held this year in Denver. It is an exciting time for the Association each year as we share best practices in the field of academic advising and student success, hear results of the latest research and its implications for the field, and network with old friends and new colleagues...

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news, Charlie Nut
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With the current economy directly affecting higher education funding, and today’s tech-savvy student population, the implementation of technology has become important not only for the advancement of the field but for advisor survival.

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technology, David Bucci, Mary Gabrielsen, Amy Shannon, Sarah Eberhart
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The program developed by the COSUAC demonstrates that Schwenn (2010) and Pasquini (2010) were correct in suggesting that technology can play a role in advisor training and development by providing an easier and more efficient way for advisors to absorb the informational component of the job. Online informational training allows trainers to spend more time focusing on conceptual and relational aspects of advising, thus moving advisor development closer to the ideal envisioned by Brown (2008).

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advisor training, technology, Naomi Craven, Kimberley Rolf
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While developing the blog, we kept in mind two main goals: create original and relevant content, and provide a welcoming and empowering virtual space to help students academically succeed..

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communication, build relationships, academic support, at-risk students, probation, technology, Katie McFaddin, Becca Schulze
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NACADA members who seek professional development and recognize the importance of networking with others in the field will find LI to be a valuable resource for themselves and their students.

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build relationships, technology, Jim Peacock, Kristina Ierardi
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The collaborative programs we have developed are a true “win, win, win, win” situation.  Brock University wins because these programs bring very good students. The colleges win because collaborative program students bring critical thinking and research skills that provide leadership in their classes. Parents win because the tuition they pay for their children is drastically reduced. Most importantly, the students win because they receive an education that will allow them to reach the greatness to which they aspire.

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collaboration, international, Jo Stewart
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One of the most important tasks of an academic advisor, according to Charlie Nutt, Executive Director of NACADA: the Global Community for Academic Advising, is to teach students appropriate strategies with regard to learning

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international, role of advisor, Oscar van den Wijngaard, Nicolai Manie, Vera Bossel
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In this new era of online education, traditional models of academic advising may not be suitable for advisors serving nontraditional students.

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communication, Steven Starks, distance
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When we encourage students to understand how they uniquely represent aspects of the Holland Codes in their reasonable sensibilities, we empower them to not only make thoughtful decisions about their major, but to become self-authored and more thorough decision makers in every aspect of their education.

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decision-making, career advising, major choice, undecided, self-authorship, Art Esposito
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Perhaps one of the biggest student misconceptions is that choosing a major locks students into one career for the rest of their lives...Rather than picturing the selection of a major as locking them into one career, students should be encouraged to see it as unlocking a number of career opportunities.

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career advising, major choice, undeclared, Kyle Bures
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At Georgia Southern University, Peer Academic Advisors (PAAs) help make the major exploration process more enjoyable and less stressful for students.

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decision-making, intrusive advising, proactive advising, major choice, undeclared, undecided, first year students, peer advising, Ellen Murkinson
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Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board Chair Sandy Waters (Old Dominion University) is pleased to announce the 2011-2013 NACADA Emerging Leaders and Mentors.

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mentoring, Emerging Leaders Program
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Assessing academic advising is critical for any institution that wishes to improve advising services for students and create a culture that values academic advising

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collaboration, assessment, David von Miller, learning outcomes
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Despite the tumultuous times facing higher education in the United States, North America, and across the world, advisors and advising administrators provided example after example of innovative programs, models, theoretical approaches, and interventions.

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news, president, Jennifer Joslin
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The global emphasis on student persistence and retention to graduation/completion continues to highlight the important role of academic advising in student success.

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Charlie Nutt, news
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After the experience of their initial term, first-year students are generally more open to actively engaging in their education and receiving advice that can help them reflect on their academic interests, growth, study strategies, and progress toward their developing goals.

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reflection, Holly Martin, critical thinking
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Academic advisors can help students put their views and experiences into perspective when we teach students to maintain discussions that support, rather than undermine, societal good in the academic environment. While it may be difficult even for advisors to reflect upon controversial topics, there are strategies we can use to manage civil discourse.

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rapport, communication, build relationships, advisor competencies, Shannon Burton, conflict resolution
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When advisors encourage study abraod participation earlier in our students’ academic careers, we encourage the growth needed to give students a competitive edge in an increasingly global workforce.

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international, cultural capital, self-authorship, Chris Cook
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The transition from student to professional involves a socialization process that can be extremely stressful for students in programs like nursing. Counseling students in the pre-program phase using a strategy such as anticipatory guidance can help prepare students for expected stressors and provide them with needed time to develop healthy coping strategies before entering their major.

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nursing students, stress, pre-health, advising strategy, Cheryl Bosley, Susanne Miller, Amy Novak
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Given the competitiveness of today’s job market, more and more students are considering graduate school.  Undergraduate advisors can best assist students considering graduate school, no matter the discipline, when they do six things.

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advisor competencies, Jennifer Bloom, Stephanie Uiga
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Advisors have an opportunity to dramatically increase pregnant and parenting students’ chances of academic success, retention, and persistence. Preparation for advising a pregnant or parenting student will help advisors respond supportively and provide needed tools to help parenting students successfully navigate the dual roles of being a student and parent.

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advisor competencies, at-risk students, Patrick Jackson, Virginia Jackson, Allyson Himmelright
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Students in recovery need resources and opportunities on their campus to assist their academic success. When we create a place where students in recovery feel safe, these students feel welcomed in our offices and are more open to any needed academic assistance.

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at-risk students, Elizabeth Lang
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Developing a one credit hour course that teaches students to take ownership of their professional/career goals and develop academic plans of study to meet those goals is a dream which can be made real by taking the practice of “advising as teaching and learning” directly into the classroom to establish a foundation for subsequent advising sessions after students have completed the course.

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career advising, Liberal Arts, Mark Vegter
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As one of the pairs in the 2009-2011 cohort, we may have officially finished our commitment to the Emerging Leaders Program, but in many ways, we realize this is just the beginning...

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mentoring, Emerging Leaders Program, Cecilia Olivares, Sandy Waters
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Academic cultural capital helps students more quickly glean an understanding of the academic society they are about to participate in and the new expectations of them. Acquired understandings to be successful in college are not equally accessible to every student walking into an advisor’s office.

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Kathy McCleaf, academic cultural capital, cultural capital
Posted in: 2012 March 35:1
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March is the midway point of my year as President of NACADA and as with all checkpoints it's a good time to take stock of projects, tasks, and the inevitable to-do lists that are part of any meaningful endeavor.

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news, president, Jennifer Joslin
Posted in: 2012 March 35:1
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At the start of each calendar year, it is always gratifying to look back at the past year and see all that NACADA has accomplished in not only one short year but also in its rich and exciting history! But it is even more exciting to look forward as the NACADA Board of Directors, Executive Office staff, and all NACADA leaders are focusing on the future of NACADA and its place in higher education.

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Charlie Nutt, news, Global Community
Posted in: 2012 March 35:1
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What we believe is generally missing from the body of critical literature on academic advising and retention is the reference to the different issues in American-style education outside the borders of the United States. We have identified a host of issues specific to our student population which we believe must be addressed in order for us to best perform our roles as academic advisors.

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international, Heba Mansour, Hala Al-Abdulrazzaq, cultural differences, preparedness, learning disabilities, global university
Posted in: 2012 March 35:1
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The purpose of this article is to inform academic advisors about study away options, share the benefits of participating in study away programs, and give advisors tips on how best to promote study away programs to students.

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Kasha Klinegores, NACADA, Academic Advising Today, academic advising, domestic study away, faculty-led trips
Posted in: 2012 March 35:1
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The purpose of this article is to inform academic advisors about study away options, share the benefits of participating in study away programs, and give advisors tips on how best to promote study away programs to students.

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cultural capital, Kasha Klinegores, domestic study away, faculty-led trips
Posted in: 2012 March 35:1
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I am still haunted by the words, uttered by my dean more than half a decade ago: “Build it and let’s see if they come.” The “it” is an advising workshop series, and the “they” are the faculty and staff members who advise our students.

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professional development, advisor training, Robert Allen Alexander, advising workshops, faculty advisors
Posted in: 2012 March 35:1
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Whether or not we are aware of it, advisors face a myriad of ethical dilemmas in our daily work...To raise consciousness about these everyday dilemmas, it may be helpful to think about different ways of approaching dilemmas.

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Drew Puroway, ethical dilemmas, ethical approaches, ethics
Posted in: 2012 March 35:1
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When a professor states that a student has plagiarized, the student might have a  variety of feelings, such as fear, confusion or anger.  At worst, the student could be dismissed from school as a result.  But how do advisors help students through their trouble?

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Brian Williams, plagiarism
Posted in: 2012 March 35:1
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I was sitting in the audience at the plenary session of my second NACADA Annual Conference in Baltimore in 2007 when they introduced the first class of NACADA Emerging Leaders. I hadn’t previously heard about the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), but what I heard at this session got me intrigued. I said to myself, I want to do that!

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mentoring, professional development, Emerging Leaders Program, Lisa Laughter, Kazi Mamun
Posted in: 2012 March 35:1
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It is so difficult for me to give NACADA enough accolades for my wonderful experience at the Summer Institute in Colorado...Undeniably, my professional credibility and perceived self-efficacy increased at a rapid pace following my attendance at the Summer .Institute, for which I am eternally grateful.

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professional development, NACADA Summer Institute, Terri Reckart, summer institute
Posted in: 2012 March 35:1
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I continue to find that those who use procrastination language have less successful learning outcomes when grades are used as the measure of success, and the academic advising setting is ideal to promote student awareness of procrastination behavior and the language that can maintain that behavior.

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academic support, procrastination, Ann Wheeler
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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I've never forgotten a meaningful NACADA keynote from a 2005 Region 6 Conference in South Dakota. The speaker was V. J. Smith, an administrator at South Dakota State University, and the theme was “being thankful.”

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news, president, Jennifer Joslin
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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What an outstanding spring it has been for NACADA and all of our members!... What an exciting time this is for the association as well as for our entire membership of over 10,800 members!

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Charlie Nutt, news
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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Student motivation is a complicated concept, as students come to University with multiple motivations...How can advisors and instructors build greater engagement and improve motivation in their students?

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international, academic support, Shehna Javeed, student motivation, advising strategy, teaching strategy
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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Leeds for Life  is an interactive website which aims to help students at the University of Leeds, UK to prepare for their future and to think reflectively about their progress, right from their first moment in the University. It is about inspiring them to get the most out of their academic and co-curricular experiences, thinking of them in an holistic way.

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reflection, international, Penny Robinson, personal tutoring, critical thinking
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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Some first-year students are also student-athletes. All student-athletes begin by also being first-year students. The chairs of the Advising First-Year Students Interest Group and the Advising Student-Athletes Commission offer some tips for advisors who may be new to working with student-athletes.

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advisor competencies, first year students, student athletes, Holly Martin, Sherwin James
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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Breaking bad news is never easy for advisors or their students. It is stressful and intense for both parties...So how does an advisor break bad news? What tools and tips does an advisor employ to minimize the negative effects of the news? Here some tips on how to approach these uncomfortable conversations.

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Jason Barkemeyer, selective majors
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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Undocumented students...are attending colleges and universities in increasing numbers, and they are an under-recognized demographic. This article identifies available resources for these students to assist advisors in producing educated members of society, regardless of legal status.

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undocumented students, admissions, financial aid, Michelle Sotolongo
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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Lost within the bureaucratic requirements of teacher education is the need for teachers to become in touch with parents and the community. As students frequently visit their advisors for guidance, advisors should recommend to their students that they take an active role in establishing relationships with parents and the surrounding community.

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Travis Nakayama, teacher education, parent relationships, community relationships
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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Due to increasing student populations and the constantly evolving nature of student needs, more and more institutions are establishing peer advising programs...two current peer advisors share personal testimony to the experiences and strengths they have gained throughout their time as a peer advisor.

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peer mentors, peer advising, Lynn Zabel, Sara Rothberger
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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As advisors, it is important to consider the culture of the out-of-state student population at our institutions. Are out-of-state students a minority population? What are the retention rates of these students? Are there any current programs or initiatives that exist to support out-of-state students? By answering these questions, advisors can determine if this programming model can be adapted to fit the needs of their institution.

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retention, first year students, academic support, peer mentors, Jenna Nobili, Emily Jensen, living-learning communities, out-of-state students, housing and residence life
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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Mentoring is a unique, intentional relationship between two individuals. It can be informal or formal, but it will probably work best if the relationship contains elements of both...If we recognize that we are multifaceted individuals, we should seek mentors that can help us grow in each area of our lives—physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, educationally and professionally.

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mentoring, professional development, Emerging Leaders Program, Johnika Dreher, Gayle Juneau
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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Shortly after attending our Region 5 Conference, I was looking at an email from NACADA and then went to the website to learn more about the Summer Institute. Instantly, I was interested. We had learned so much and so enjoyed each of our previous experiences with NACADA that I knew attending a week-long intensive workshop would allow for us to accomplish some of our goals before the upcoming Fall semester.

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professional development, summer institute, David Streicher
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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The National Academic Advising Association’s webinars exemplify a cost-effective professional development opportunity in which presenters explore some of the most pressing contemporary concerns in our field.

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professional development, Adam Duberstein, webinars
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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...a theory of advising will present for us a statement of what advising is for, and why it is important, a vision of what it ideally would be.  Why is that valuable?

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theory, Sarah Champlin-Scharff, Shannon Burton, theoretical reflections, Marc Lowenstein, theory of advising
Posted in: 2012 June 35:2
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Members of the Academic Advising Today Editorial Team have been innovative digital citizens interested in advancing NACADA’s role in the larger digital community, and the current group has been discussing what changes might be needed to keep the ePub current...

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history, technology, digital, Leigh Cunningham
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What a year it has been for NACADA and academic advising! In this, our 36th year as a professional organization, NACADA was “Near You” to provide 10 Regional Conferences; two Summer Institutes; a Research Symposium...

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news, president, Jennifer Joslin
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In the past 10 years, NACADA has grown to close to 12, 000 members internationally and has dramatically expanded the professional development events and resources offered to our members and to the profession.

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Charlie Nutt, news
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[G]ood choices can prepare students to be competent for the work world or post-graduate study while also broadening their minds and cultivating a passion for questioning and learning. My philosophy of education informs my philosophy of academic advising: Education is a journey, not a commute.

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theory, advisor competencies, personal philosophy, role of advisor, Liz Murdock LaFortune
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As I learned more about Proactive Advising, I found that I could apply it in all areas of advising: retention, at risk student advising, critical outreach points, and student communication and difficult situations.

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intrusive advising, proactive advising, retention, at-risk students, Jennifer Varney
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In order to assist with the nursing shortage, it is critical that educators focus on developing strategies for academic success and retention for students who are enrolled in undergraduate nursing programs (Jeffreys, 2007)...

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intrusive advising, proactive advising, nursing students, stress, pre-health, academic support, Jacqueline Klein
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In STEM disciplines, advisors often see students who have “always wanted to be” a physicist, mathematician, engineer, or another STEM major, who simply can’t do the work... With most students, the key to helping them make the transition lies in the root of their major selection.

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major choice, dismissal, probation, STEM, Rachael Switalski
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Career decision making can be complicated and overwhelming for both students and advisors...Yet, as we all know, the process of solving career problems is intertwined intrinsically with developing sound academic plans and naturally spills over into the academic advising arena...

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career advising, Tim Kirkner, Julie Levinson
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After decades of low graduation and retention rates, Portland State University charged the First Steps to Student Success Committee to investigate the causes and develop strategies to improve these rates. As a result, several initiatives were put forth...

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retention, graduation rates, James Ofsink, Becki Hunt Ingersoll
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Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board Chair Sandy Waters (Old Dominion University) is pleased to announce the 2012-2014 NACADA Emerging Leaders and Mentors.

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news, Emerging Leaders Program
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When we share the same basic understanding of the underlying theory, it is easier to collaborate on developing strategies, techniques and resources. Although we do not yet have a unified theory of advising, we propose that constructivism offers an archetypal philosophy that influences all practice and theory.

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theory, theory to practice, Sarah Champlin-Scharff, Shannon Burton, advising approaches, Terry Musser, constructivism, Shannon
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Complete editions of AAT are provided to facilitate one-touch print capability, but readers are encouraged to view the individual articles to utilize the site’s enhanced search and “related articles” features

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In just a short few decades, the study and practice of academic advising has generated new ways of thinking and practice to address the ever-changing student body attending various institution types...

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news, Joshua Smith, president, theory to practice, research, professionalism
Posted in: 2013 March 36:1
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Our students, our legislatures and other governmental agencies, our students’ parents, and our boards of trustees or regents all are telling higher education the same message: Increasing the percentage of college completion and/or persistence to graduation is mandatory...

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Charlie Nutt, news, professional development, retention, persistence
Posted in: 2013 March 36:1
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Academic advising is a proactive and intrusive process in which advisor and advisee build a collaborative relationship in order to promote college success.  Conflict resolution is such an approach to aid advisors in maximizing the potential of advisees to be successful...

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intrusive advising, proactive advising, rapport, empathy, communication, collaboration, build relationships, Admad Sims, conflict resolution, active listening
Posted in: 2013 March 36:1
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With retention and graduation rates increasingly a part of the conversations on our campuses, the question as to whether an early choice of major will lead to timely graduation keeps surfacing... So, what is the answer?  Does an early declaration of major mean that a student is actually more likely to graduate “on time?”

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retention, graduation rates, career advising, major choice, undeclared, undecided, David Spight
Posted in: 2013 March 36:1
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As advisors it is important to be intrusive without intruding, and be warm, friendly and inviting while still providing the tough love and information that students need to hear...Advisors can use several techniques to provide intrusive advising services without intruding or being overbearing.

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intrusive advising, proactive advising, build relationships, advisor competencies, Jennifer Cannon, referrals
Posted in: 2013 March 36:1
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Students were asked to participate in a qualitative survey including a photography project...

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first year students, student athletes, reflection, Ellen Nagy, underprepared students, conditional admit program
Posted in: 2013 March 36:1
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Many advisors and administrators are being tasked with the difficult job of serving a growing number of students with existing – and often inadequate – physical space. Physical space is especially important when considering first impressions of advisees; space is a tool for facilitating rapport building between the advisor and advisee and should also be perceived as safe for both advisor and advisee.

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rapport, international, Mariam Aslam, advising space, physical space, advising environment
Posted in: 2013 March 36:1
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New Directors of Advising are generally eager to succeed in terms of personal performance and team performance. The authors offer suggestions for negotiating unexpected challenges in a new advising director position.

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professional development, advisor competencies, advisor training, Ryan Hall, Teri Slick, advising director
Posted in: 2013 March 36:1
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As advisor roles are clarified and defined on campus, a professional development team can move forward with programming and training to help strengthen skills and abilities as they pertain to advisor expectations...topics must fit the group’s mission and objectives, as determined through the assessment process...

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professional development, collaboration, advisor training, assessment, Tamara Workman, Teri Farr, Jennifer Frobish, Anjie Almeda, mission statement, programming
Posted in: 2013 March 36:1
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Given the current lack of research on the academic advising field and profession, if advisors do not pick up the banner, what are the implications? The authors offer suggestions on how to get started with research in advising.

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research, Jason Barkemeyer, Joshua Larson, Anna Adams, research group, advising research
Posted in: 2013 March 36:1
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In times of tragedy, students look to their advisors for answers. If we have established trusting relationships, our offices can be a refuge. Taking time to talk, listen, be quiet and, if appropriate, suggest counseling, can make all the difference.

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Christina McIntyre, death, grieving, dealing with death, student loss
Posted in: 2013 March 36:1
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NACADA Summer Institute Scholarship Recipient discusses the knowledge she gained and her inspiration for innovative programs that can be implemented on her home campus...

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professional development, summer institute, Norma Cooper
Posted in: 2013 March 36:1
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As individual academic advisors, we all have the power to choose for ourselves our own Personal Practical Theories (PPTs) of Academic Advising.  Identifying PPTs that inform advising practices can allow advisors to become more thoughtful and reflective in applying and adapting various advising approaches and theories in their unique advising contexts.

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theory, theory to practice, theoretical reflections, advising theory, Jennifer Bloom, philosophies, personal practical theory
Posted in: 2013 March 36:1
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Complete editions of AAT are provided to facilitate one-touch print capability, but readers are encouraged to view the individual articles to utilize the site’s enhanced search and “related articles” features

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Posted in: 2013 March 36:1
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As President this year, I have presented my views on professionalism in advising and my thoughts on the issue continue to evolve…

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news, Joshua Smith
Posted in: 2013 June 36:2
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In our nearly 40 years of existence, NACADA has grown into one of the most respected and valued higher education associations globally. This has occurred not by accident, but by the careful planning and hard work of many amazing volunteers and leaders as well as the NACADA Executive Office staff at Kansas State University.

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Charlie Nutt, news
Posted in: 2013 June 36:2
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Advice or advise? The semantics matter. Our students deserve the experience of advising, so let’s answer that call...

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advisor competencies, advising philosophy, Angela Ogburn
Posted in: 2013 June 36:2
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What do nontraditional female students say about their experience as adult learners? Their voices speak eloquently to advisors about the importance of listening and responding to student needs...

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adult learners, Pat Mason-Browne, Tamra Ortgies Young
Posted in: 2013 June 36:2
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An answer to Musser’s (2012) challenge to the advising community to build on the constructivist foundation of advising theory...

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theory, theoretical reflections, advising theory, Jeremy Bohonos
Posted in: 2013 June 36:2
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Many advisors work with students who are exploring, either initially or after a first (or second) choice of majors doesn’t work out; other advisors work with students who have chosen their major.  It is common that both of these types of students don’t know what career they wish to pursue.  How can advisors adequately help students explore and commit to a major or career choice?

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theory, undeclared, undecided, Kyle Ross, career advising
Posted in: 2013 June 36:2
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Advisors and learning strategists often work with students who are aware that they lack motivation; however, these students do not know how to change their predicament.  Advisors can inspire motivation by introducing tangible tasks that move the student to action.

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Shehna Javeed, student motivation
Posted in: 2013 June 36:2
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An extremely complex facet of advising pre-professional students is how to instill realism in students whose goals mismatch with their current academic performance… Although no advisor wants to discourage a student from pursuing his or her goal, advisors also may feel a responsibility of instilling a level of realistic expectations with their advisees.

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Tobin Richardson, pre-health students, pre-professional
Posted in: 2013 June 36:2
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In a time of fierce economic trials, it is easy for us as well as students to fixate on job preparation. But we must not fall into the alluring mistake of advising students as only aspiring employees. Instead, we should cultivate an advising practice that narrates multiple educational payoffs for our advisees, including, but not limited to, employability.

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reflection, Liberal Arts, William Smith
Posted in: 2013 June 36:2
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The most common phrase I hear from students during advising is “just tell me what classes to take.” As an advisor who wants to help students reach their goals and full potential, I cringe each time I hear it…

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student athletes, student motivation, Kristina Allemand
Posted in: 2013 June 36:2
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Inaccurate assumptions, coupled with the steady increase of international enrollment all over the U.S., have resulted in a number of racial incidents targeting international students… University administrations across the country have proposed that we need to create safe and welcoming environments by encouraging cross-cultural interactions between domestic and international students.

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empathy, international, Yung-Hwa Anna Chow
Posted in: 2013 June 36:2
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As institutions of higher education face increased budget cuts and reduced state support, academic departments are forced to become increasingly self-supported. The Psychology Department at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio offers a model for implementing marketing efforts at the department level that serve to increase visibility and student retention while fostering departmental growth in a time of fiscal tightening.

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retention, Jennifer Papadakis, marketing
Posted in: 2013 June 36:2
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I have been fortunate to serve in my current position as academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for these six months…As I reflect on my first semester, I share some advice that may benefit new and aspiring professionals coming into the profession of academic advising.

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professional development, new advisor, Mark Nelson, professionalism
Posted in: 2013 June 36:2
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The field of academic advising has various aspects that new advisors must navigate to fully embrace their position.  These tips can assist a new advisor in navigating these pathways and reveal new areas to explore within the profession.

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Tiffany Labon, Heather Ammons, professional development, new advisors
Posted in: 2013 June 36:2
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Complete editions of AAT are provided to facilitate one-touch print capability, but readers are encouraged to view the individual articles to utilize the site’s enhanced search and “related articles” features

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Posted in: 2013 June 36:2
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Much of what was accomplished this year was directly connected to the Strategic Plan and years of hard work. That is one of the many beauties of NACADA – it enjoys a consistency of direction coupled with a commitment to improve and support effective advising in a changing landscape.

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news, Joshua Smith, president
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This has been a busy and exciting year so far for the association and the Executive Office. Since January, our membership has continued to grow and see major advancements in how technology is offered and utilized.

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news, Executive Director, CharlieNutt
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As contemporary higher education continues to strive to become a place where historically underserved students are affirmed as a part of the institutional priorities, it is important to think about how social justice ideology can be applied at the ground level in individual advising sessions and group outreach

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advisor competencies, cultural differences, advising strategy, Robin Arnsperger Selzer, Janelle Ellis Rouse
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Hilleary Himes and Janet Schulenberg, Theory and Philosophy of Advising Commission Members The Theoretical Reflections series is sponsored by the NAC...

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theory, Hilleary Himes, Janet Schulenberg, theoretical reflections, advising theory
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Some institutions are removing pastoral support from residences, saying that 18-year-old students are adults and shouldn’t need it.  The University of Leeds takes a different view, arguing that to be placed in a hall of 1,200 almost exclusively first-year students is by its nature an unnatural and sometimes alienating experience.

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international, Penny Robinson, housing and residence life
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While on the surface it can seem to be a stretch to discuss the effects of not having enough free play in preschool on incoming college students, the long-term effects are real.  Fortunately, colleges and universities can be prepared by guiding their practice with already well-established theoretical frameworks to better assist students in the transition.

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underprepared students, Sean Wernert
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People have always looked to their peers for help… Many college students look to other students for what they perceive to be better guidance than what they would receive from advisors or faculty. Utilizing peer advisors is a way to harness these easy connections built between students and recognize that students are a part of the advising process, rather than recipients of an advice-giving encounter.

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peer advising, Heidi Purdy
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In today's world of decreased state funding, lower retention and graduation rates, and increased scrutiny from a government perspective, it is imperative we in higher education use all of the tools in our arsenal to create strong student success and allow them to achieve the dream of a college education. CLEP is such a tool.

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advising strategy, retention, Kent Seaver
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Upon the end of participation in sport at an elite level, former athletes often experience negative emotions and behaviors… As academic advisors, we can help students ease this transition by applying Schlossberg’s Transition Framework to our work with student-athletes.

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student athletes, Donna Menke
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As I reflected on a favorite collection of stories that features an array of heartwarming characters who set off on grand adventures, I started thinking about some of their famous quotes and how they could be applied to academic advising and student success.

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stress, student motivation, Amanda Baldridge, encouraging students, decision-making
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Six years ago, a group of advisors at the University of Louisville created the first Academic Advising Fair in order to make students more aware about advising…Each year the success of the event has grown as evidenced by the number of students in attendance.

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advising strategy, Katie Bixby
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Advising 3.0 includes incorporating the lessons of face-to-face interaction with current technology to meet students’ digital expectations.

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technology, Zackary Underwood
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This article contains tips and practices that help the author communicate more effectively in writing, save time, and establish and/or strengthen connections with advisees.

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advising strategy, Stefanie Wright, communication
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This spring, I had the honor of interviewing six of the association's leaders… My task was to construct an oral history, identifying three key milestones in the association's history and development through the perspectives of living participants.

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Craig McGill, news, history
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The NACADA Academic Advising Administrators’ Institute gave me a formal setting to learn new concepts and theories in advising administration.  I also learned that many of the teaching methods used at the Institute could inform my practices in advising.

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advising director, Theresa Hitchcock
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The NACADA 2013 Assessment Institute equipped me with tools to develop an advising curriculum that I can test and continually improve for a more significant impact on my students.

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assessment, Kay Adkins
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Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board Chair Carol Pollard (University of North Texas) is pleased to announce the 2013-2015 NACADA Emerging Leaders and Mentors.

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news, Emerging Leaders Program
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This is an exciting time for NACADA and its membership. The Association counts on you to let us know how we can assist in enhancing your advising practice and meeting your goals... As an Association, we are navigating our charted course to maintain our focus on advising as a profession, the professional development of our membership, and effectively serving the needs of our diverse and worldwide members.

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news, Joanne Damminger, president
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What a tremendous year 2013 has been for NACADA, our leaders, our Executive Office staff, and most importantly our members! This year will be remembered in many ways but especially for our membership growth; our continued expansion globally; our focus on membership retention and leadership development; the Board’s approval of a new vision, mission, and goals for the association’s work; and our vast technological advances making our members’ connection with NACADA electronically easier and more beneficial to them.

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Charlie Nutt, news
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A candid conversation with Charlie Nutt, who joined the Executive Office of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) in 2002 and has served as the association's Executive Director since 2007. This article originally appeared in K-State College of Education Connections magazine.

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Charlie Nutt, news, professional development
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International students want to be personally and academically successful; however, when students lack confidence in their communication skills, or when they experience negative interactions with the host culture, they may be unwilling to seek guidance when they need it… So what can we do?

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communication, Global Community, Kathy McKeiver, cultural differences, international
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In the spirit of the rapid globalization of higher education, academic advising professionals from around the world joined together in Maastricht, The Netherlands for NACADA’s first International Conference in June 2013. Here advising professionals presented best practices and exchanged ideas and strategies for best serving students. Approaches for addressing the growing pains that accompany an expanding and diversifying student population were chief among the conference’s themes.

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international, Global Community, cultural differences, Katy Oliveira-Lambert, Erin Ray
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With U.S. universities heavily recruiting all over the world, there is an urgency to meet the advising needs of international students on U.S. campuses.  To sustain such a robust and holistic advising program, advisors have to go beyond selection of courses and graduation requirements.  With this goal in mind, the Advising Program in the English Language program at Kansas State University continues to grow and improve through self- analysis and continuous training.

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international, cultural differences, Leena Chakrabarti
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Advising administrators and advising units constantly face decisions about which technologies to use, and how technology decisions impact advising practices. Is technology defining our advising, or does our advising practice shape the technology?

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Global Community, technology, Laura Pasquini
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As a former international student-athlete, current academic advisor, and past chair of the Advising Student-Athletes Commission, I consider it essential that new advisors be aware of the following tips that can help generate success when advising international student-athletes.  These strategies have proven valuable in my success as an advisor in higher education.

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student athletes, Sherwin James
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When faced with people who we do not understand because they are different from us, it is all too easy to think as little as possible about that difference; thinking about why we are uncomfortable is uncomfortable in and of itself. .. helpers in any profession should recognize that experiencing discomfort from difference is normal, maybe even natural. But processing that reaction—and learning from it—is essential for growth.

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build relationships, Craig McGill, LGBT
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How do organizations make “diversity” work?  What should leaders do to ensure that the variety of personal and institutional characteristics held by those within their ranks is representative of the diversity of the members they represent?  Furthermore, how do we ensure the diversity of the membership is reflective of the diversity within higher education? And, by the way, what exactly is meant by the term diversity?

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Global Community, cultural differences, Felicia Toliver
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Today, as budgets continue to shrink and expectations continue to rise, we face our own crisis in higher education.  Many advisors are being asked to do more with less: more advisees, more meetings, more technology, more nights and weekends, more data, more assessment, fewer resources, less time.  This kind of environment has the potential to become toxic, leading to a culture of fear, competition, segregation, and blame.  Permaculture offers us insights as to how we can respond to these challenging times in a positive, productive way.

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stress, community relationships, advising environment, Nancy Willow
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Transitioning from high school to college is a life-changing event for all students, but may be even more challenging for students who are academically underprepared… The adage Advising is Teaching is applicable where advisors use developmental theories to help students on academic probation enhance their education.

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at-risk students, probation, underprepared students, first generation students, Joy Cox
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Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) has become the first college in the nation to create a cross-disciplinary, open-source series of free, online, non-credit developmental-level math, English, and reading courses called BPCC Open Campus... Ultimately, the College hopes that what it is doing may serve as a valuable resource for other colleges and universities facing similar challenges of advising and remediating underprepared students.

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underprepared students, Allison Martin
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In response to a lack of on-campus advisor development opportunities and a reduction in employee travel funds, OASIS staff at Valdosta State University created the Master Advisor Series

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Kohle Paul, professional development, advisor training, Michael Kitchens, advising workshops
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I chair the Advising Committee on Minnesota State University Moorhead’s campus, and we have great ideas during our committee meetings, but never seem to find the time to develop and implement the ideas.  We needed to make a time commitment to our ideas, but we also needed some leadership and direction. To achieve these goals, we decided to send a team to NACADA’s Academic Advising Administrators’ Institute.

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advising director, Amy Sannes
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“Do you believe that you advise without borders?” This is a question that we strive to answer each day working toward a style of advising that critically listens to the experiences of students in order to guide the direction of our work. As practitioners who work to empower students, we value their voices.

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communication, cultural differences, active listening, Robert Mack, Ikenna Acholonu
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Often our days are so full of daily commitments and operational tasks that we neglect to recognize our achievements and the ways in which they benefit students, our departments, and our campuses. Please reserve a few minutes to reflect on the ways you have improved, or created a plan to improve, your advising practice.

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news, Joanne Damminger, president
Posted in: 2014 March 37:1
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Those of  us who are children of the ‘60s and ‘70s either loved, hated, or made fun of a singing brother-and-sister group, The Carpenters, but no matter where we fit on the spectrum we could not have lived in those times without hearing their music and of course one of their big hits was “We’ve Only Just Begun.”  While NACADA has made huge strides in our nearly 40 years as an association, it is important that we all know “we’ve only just begun” to make the significant impacts on higher education globally that our mission and goals demand we make.

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Charlie Nutt, news
Posted in: 2014 March 37:1
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Over the past four years, over one million veterans and their dependents have enrolled in colleges and universities across the country, and there are many more to come… This unique group faces many challenges that are different from those of a more typical college student… Advisors can help with the transition into college life by addressing key aspects of the relationship of advisor to student.

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military, Jackie McReynolds
Posted in: 2014 March 37:1
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Ethics in academic advising has been widely addressed in the higher education field, with authors arguing that all advisors should behave in an ethical manner.  However, most literature does not explicitly address issues of integrity as related to the academic advisor.

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ethical dilemmas, ethical approaches, ethics, Erica Compton
Posted in: 2014 March 37:1
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How can academic advisors and learning strategists contribute to and have an impact on academic integrity (AI) discussions? The purpose of this article is to examine ways in which advisors can integrate this value in their interaction with students and play an important role in promoting academic honesty.

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Shehna Javeed, plagiarism, ethics
Posted in: 2014 March 37:1
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Advisors should ask themselves who or what they want to be and do, and create an intentional plan to get there… Advisors with a strong professional identity have the power to increase their satisfaction and effectiveness.

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professional development, professionalism, Erin Justyna, marketing
Posted in: 2014 March 37:1
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The steps detailed in this article have led to great improvement in the overall functioning of The Neighborhood Academy’s advising program, as well as commensurate improvement in student performance and the culture of the school.  It is hoped that our journey may, in some way, assist others in their efforts.

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community relationships, advising director, first generation students, Thomas Johnson
Posted in: 2014 March 37:1
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Adult students need to be considered in the big picture of campus culture, and I think my initial hesitancy in working with them parallels common misconceptions about adult students and their place in higher education.  This outdated view is quickly being established as antiquated as universities are institutionalizing policies and creating spaces to support all students… Here are five critical lessons I have learned about this ever-important, rising student population.

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adult learners, John Rans
Posted in: 2014 March 37:1
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Career and Technical Education (CTE) students tend to focus on earning a certificate or degree to improve their current employment status. These students often return to community colleges seeking new job skills; they inquire about their career goals and their plans to achieve those goals. As advisors, how do we best assist them?

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adult learners, Christine Smith Osley
Posted in: 2014 March 37:1
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Undeclared, undecided, exploratory:  whatever we call it, students often feel pressured to “be” a major, make a decision, clear a clean and direct path to a career, and become what they were “meant to be”… As advisors guide their advisees throughout the process of declaring a major, it can be helpful to ask the right questions, as well as be a source of support.

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major choice, undeclared, Sarah Kyllo, undecided
Posted in: 2014 March 37:1
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After my second year as a young advising professional, I had begun to search for professional development opportunities where I could improve my student services skills and become a better advisor… The NACADA Summer Institute was the perfect balance of work and play, which combined to rejuvenate me for returning to campus and my students… It contributed to my development as a professional, but it also challenged me to grow as a person.

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summer institute, Lindsey Morford
Posted in: 2014 March 37:1
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A NACADA Summer Institute Scholarship Recipient and her Region 2 Mentor share what they learned, how they have grown, and what they have accomplished as a result of their Institute experiences.

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summer institute, Krystal Thompson, Calley Stevens Taylor
Posted in: 2014 March 37:1
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Posted in: 2014 March 37:1
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We must put a student experience in place at every institution that demonstrates the value of higher education. Institutions around the globe are researching best practices for student success, retention, and completion… How will advisors lead effective change to enhance the role of advising, meet student enrollment goals, and help students realize their educational and career goals?

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Joanne Damminger, NACADA president
Posted in: 2014 June 37:2
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What captivates me today is imagining the exciting and integral role that academic advising will play within colleges and universities in the not-so-distant future. What will higher education be like in the next generation?

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Charlie Nutt, news
Posted in: 2014 June 37:2
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Could we not, if we really wanted to, "reinvent" college? Could we create a completely new model that more efficiently deployed the resources presently allocated to what students really need and want?

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Liberal Arts, role of advisor, Michael Rosenfeld, Christine Shakespeare, William Imbriale, education philosophy
Posted in: 2014 June 37:2
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Conversational advising is an advising pedagogy in which the advisor foregoes an authoritative position, and, by doing so, actively creates a learning space where knowledge about each student and his or her unique academic and career plan can be discovered through conversation.

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rapport, role of advisor, advising strategy, rapport, Trevor Francis, advising approaches, build relationships, reflection
Posted in: 2014 June 37:2
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For some probation students, lack of motivation is a primary factor in their poor academic performance.  In turn, their poor academic performance has further decreased their motivation, launching a negative reinforcing cycle.  What can academic advisors do to help?

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theory, academic support, probation, advising theory, student motivation, encouraging students, self-authorship, Allison Tifft
Posted in: 2014 June 37:2
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This article is meant to inform readers about national education equity, laws, and proposed legislation pertaining to undocumented students, as well as provide insight into some of the experiences of this population.

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undocumented students, Fai Howard
Posted in: 2014 June 37:2
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A college administrator discusses the skills that are essential to success in higher education.

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advising director, Barbra Wallace
Posted in: 2014 June 37:2
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Just because we have become expects at what we do, we shouldn’t lose the energy and excitement we felt when we began!

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Kristina Allemand, advising strategy
Posted in: 2014 June 37:2
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My experience at the NACADA Summer Institute is easily one of the most profoundly insightful professional development opportunities I’ve ever had… The Institute brings together advisors and administrators from all over the country and around the world, from institutions large and small.

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professional development, Miranda Sloan, summer institute
Posted in: 2014 June 37:2
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Beginning college can be a daunting task for most people… And yet, it is during all the chaos that the vision and mission of the academic advisor becomes clear…

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role of advisor, Amanda Baldridge
Posted in: 2014 June 37:2
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Posted in: 2014 June 37:2
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As I write this fourth, and final, article for AAT as part of my term as President, I am very reflective and appreciative of the past year's wonderful experiences as President...

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Joanne Damminger
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It has been a very busy year for NACADA… With each new initiative at all levels of the association, NACADA has moved closer to meeting our strategic goals.

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Charlie Nutt, news
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Advising has influenced how I teach.  After three years of ongoing advising sessions with approximately 500 advisees, I can no longer write a syllabus, assign a reading or writing assignment, or even step into a classroom without thinking of comments students have shared…

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faculty advisors, R. Dale Smith
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I came to realize, as I had not before, that advising is a form of teaching, that I could draw on my decades in the classroom. In all teaching, we need to find out where learning should begin; now I was learning about the students in a different context….

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first generation students, faculty advisors, Carmela McIntire
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This article describes a model that merges faculty and advisor talent to support student success in a large, upper-division lecture setting.  Through this blending of expertise, advising and student development content and objectives are embedded in the academic curriculum, resulting in an improved and dynamic classroom environment and stronger working relationships across disciplinary lines.

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collaboration, advising strategy, Olga Salinas, Jamie Jensen, Uwe Reischl
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Most of the time conversation is a reliable mode for getting students to respond to the questions we want to ask, and want them to ask, about their academic lives. But writing to reflect creates an opportunity to take such reflection further… reflective writing can be a helpful tool to enrich academic advising, one that can help our advisees to do the work of self-reflection that is essential to their development and academic success.

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reflection, advising strategies, David Gruber, Julia Moffitt
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Each fall semester for the last six years, our centralized Academic Advising and Planning Center has organized ART MATTERS:  A Student Art Exhibition.  Our interest in this exhibition developed from an appreciation of the creativity of our students, many of whom come from diverse majors and have wide-ranging career aspirations.  Our show is open and inclusive: we accept art from any student, any major, any medium.  Our open exhibition acceptance policy demonstrates our non-judgmental philosophy and our commitment to celebrating diversity.

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collaboration, Liberal Arts, advising strategies, Diane Bowers, Mary Trent
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Texting has proven to be a successful correspondence tool in building trust, reliability and confidence in the advisor-student relationship. The advantages plus the simple, adaptable solutions to its short list of cons makes it a favorite form of communication among advisors and students. Texting is one of many proactive advising resources TAMUK Center for Student Success advisors offer that continue to aid in creating a student success-oriented environment with booming graduation and retention rates.

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technology, advising strategies, Kathy Pawelek, Aleyda Cantu
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Advising records need to be updated constantly. They also need to be shared, not only between students and advisors but also with the program directors and the department chair for graduation clearance. Students need autonomy to update their own advising sheets according to their academic progress, while the accuracy and integrity of the records should be maintained. This presents a big challenge for updating and sharing.

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advising strategy, technology, Lily Liang
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Professional associations like NACADA provide a forum for doctoral students to seek out mentors who will not only support but further their careers. Doctoral students within NACADA have connected in a variety of ways to share their journeys through coursework, research, and dissertation completion.

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professional development, Melissa Johnson, Laura Pasquini
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Since 2007, the NACADA Emerging Leaders Program has encouraged members from diverse backgrounds to get involved in leadership opportunities within the organization.

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Emerging Leaders Program
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During the opening plenary session we were introduced to the outstanding institute faculty, who broke the ice with their clever introductions—and the group cheer “assessment rocks!”  The faculty assured us that we were going to work hard, but this was going to be an exciting few days...

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assessment, Paula Dollarhide, Institute
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Over the next year, I have asked the NACADA Board of Directors and the Council to focus on Research, Diversity, and Leadership as we determine where we want NACADA to be in the next five to 10 years.

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president, JP Regalado
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We can all soar in our work if we are willing to build our future “one brick at a time.”

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Charlie Nutt, news
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Creating an intentional program for students is always a multi-step journey and can feel uphill all the way. When revamping our academic probation program, we turned to the university community—and to students themselves—to help us in the trek.

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academic support, probation, at-risk students, intrusive advising, Laura Asbury, Kristin Lively, James Eckerty
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Most universities have academic probation, suspension, and dismissal policies for students who fall below accepted academic standards. While most suspension and dismissal policies require students to take time away from the university, many programs include provisions for students to either return to good academic standing or return to the university after a specified amount of time away. When Academic Support Office advising staff at Brigham Young University more than doubled in 2009, the director decided to implement the Option 3 Program with the goal of helping students on suspension and dismissal become more academically successful upon return.

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academic support, probation, intrusive advising, Julie Preece, Cynthia Wong, Nathan Walch, Irene Windham, Ronald Chapman, Scott Hosford
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A key tool in facilitating dialogue among faculty, students, and advisors is an effective early alert process, which provides a communication channel among the three parties.

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retention, at-risk students, Kelly Reddick, John Trifilo, Steven Asby, Diane Majewski, Jayne Geissler
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A high-touch, multi-faceted approach coordinated by the Counseling & Career Center at Grand Rapids Community College provides opportunity for students to connect with faculty and staff.  Resources are emphasized by a variety of college personnel, and students begin to feel empowered to make positive changes in their academic standing rather than viewing probation as a punitive measure.  This difference in perception is the beginning of the path to academic success.

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academic support, probation, Lynnae Selberg, Vicki Maxa, Erin Busscher
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The increasing number of college students with anxiety disorders necessitates updated training for academic advisors. Insight from recent research which highlights the developmental challenges and neurological differences in those who suffer from a mental illness can lead to improved practices and procedures.

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retention, at-risk students, Janice Stapley, Kerstin Bothner, learning disabilities
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Based on the results of a study conducted at Bellevue University, advisors have developed several learning outcomes for academic advising.

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Hannah Whitcomb, Spencer Mathews, advising research, learning outcomes
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Academic advisors at access institutions whose missions, in part, are to break the cycle of poverty, often encounter root causes of social problems in their student populations.  One challenge that affects retention and graduation rates is unplanned pregnancy in college students. The key to breaking the cycle and providing better chances of positive outcomes is to design institution-appropriate interventions that effect change.

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Tamra Ortgies-Young, decision-making, retention, at-risk students, community relationships, Crystal Garrett
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Advising commuter students on a college campus is fraught with the challenges of trying to engage students during the limited time they are on campus. By definition, these students spend very little time on campus beyond class time.  When commuter students are at risk academically, there is an additional urgency to connect with them before they are placed on probation or suspended.

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at-risk students, intrusive advising, Forest Wortham, first generation students
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Many students are entering college unprepared for the adjustments required to succeed, such as balancing freedom vs. responsibility, time management, problem solving, and study skills. A Probation Recovery Program helps students achieve the skills and confidence necessary to overcome those deficits, and plays a pivotal role in helping students achieve success.

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academic support, probation, at-risk students, Brad Bergeron
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Presenting at a NACADA event is a very rewarding experience, but it can also be a little stressful.  The author shares tips for a presenting a successful conference session.

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Kyle Ross, professional development
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Assessment is an integral part of the puzzle that connects what we do in our role as academic advisors. When we assess our departments, our students, and ourselves at our institutions, we are getting at the crux of the matter and opening ourselves up to a new conversation.

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professional development, assessment, Lory King
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Every time we see a student discover their passion, make a difficult choice that we hope will lead to a positive outcome, finally get “it” and thrive, overcome a significant challenge, or best of all, graduate, it is a reminder of why we do what we do.

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president, John Paul Regalado
Posted in: 2015 March 38:1
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Charlie Nutt, NACADA Executive Director As completion and persistence to graduation is an agenda item of major importance at all colleges and univers...

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Charlie Nutt
Posted in: 2015 March 38:1
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At the October 2014 NACADA Board of Directors meeting, the Board approved the creation of a collaborative task force with Kansas State University’s College of Education to investigate the feasibility of opening a center for research and excellence in academic advising...

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Posted in: 2015 March 38:1
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Assessment is learning; advising is teaching.  The intersection between these two is the street corner where NACADA needs to have its next institute…

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advising approaches, advising theory, assessment, Steve Quinn, critical thinking
Posted in: 2015 March 38:1
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In our work with students, it is important to recognize our own patterns of thinking and to examine the binaries we take for granted.  How do we label and categorize people?  How does this affect the way we view and interact with others?  How can we break down our own binary thinking while helping students do the same?

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build relationships, communication, cultural differences, Nancy Willow, role of advisor, LGBT
Posted in: 2015 March 38:1
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Why are some students and advisors energized by the challenges of the constantly changing world of higher education and life—swimmers—while others, when faced with similar situations, become frustrated and discouraged—sinkers?

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NACADA, Academic Advising Today, academic advising, decision-making, LaDonna Porter, Eitandria Gatlin, Tanya Stanley, resiliency
Posted in: 2015 March 38:1
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Recruit, retain, and return are three words that help drive strategic actions for student services professionals.  The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University developed a Student Centric Continuum that spans the life cycle of the student experience beginning at the phase of recruitment continuing through to after graduation.

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retention, Raquel Fong, Jenna Kahl, Erica Mitchell, Connie Pangrazi, Elizabeth Rosenkrantz
Posted in: 2015 March 38:1
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With generous support from NACADA for the research study “An Examination of Academic Advice Seeking within an Emerging Adulthood Framework,” we collected data on more than 200 students’ behaviors, preferences, and opinions to assist in informing advising policies.

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advising strategy, research, build relationships, Janice Stapley, Jennifer Noonan
Posted in: 2015 March 38:1
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As the field of academic advising embarks upon professionalization and as universities begin investing in more professional academic advisors, it is important to better understand advisors’ workplace education and career development.  To explore this underdeveloped part of the field’s literature, the author conducted interviews with four professional academic advisors to come to a better understanding of how they viewed their professional development and identity.

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research, professional development, Craig McGill
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The authors reflect on her fledgling career “while I still remember exactly how it felt to be ‘new’ in case my experiences can help someone just starting out in the profession.”

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professional development, Jana Spitzer
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The author shares challenges she encountered in her search for a position change and adjustment to a new advising environment.

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The author found the NACADA Summer Institute to be “by far one of the most influential professional development experiences in which I have participated.  It was like being in an academic advising bubble for a week, talking and interacting with other advising professionals hungry to impact their campuses and learn from some of the most knowledgeable leaders in the field.”

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summer institute, Karen Hauschild
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The author “walked away from the Summer Institute with a comprehensive Action Plan for developing a freshman retention program that adds a high touch experience for our students.”


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summer institute, Becky Sanchez
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