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

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advisor competencies, academic support, cultural differences, critical thinking, ethical dilemmas, ethical approaches, ethics, encouraging students, professionalism, active listening, advising space, LGBT, Harrison
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Online advising may be one way to retain doctoral students. The College of Saint Mary’s Graduate Advising Space, based on NACADA’s Core Values, provides much more than the answer to “What class do I take next?”

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theory, communication, advisor competencies, personal philosophy, academic support, advising theory, advising approaches, Preisman
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Whether you come to advising as a new hire or as a veteran faculty member, the first few weeks advising students can be overwhelming. It can be a challenge to organize the various demands so that you will not only survive advising, but thrive doing it. Since students' academic futures depend upon your advice, you need to understand what students expect from you.

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advisor competencies, role of advisor, new advisor, Marsha Miller
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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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Advisor training programs typically end just when the most critical part of an advisor’s development begins—the experiential synthesis of the conceptual, informational and relational components of advising that is achieved student-by-student in the advising chair. As a profession, we should do more to help new advisors reach their potential by creating year-long new advisor development programs that recognize the experiential nature of advisor development by setting realistic expectations for first-year advisor development, establishing expectations for long-term development and providing the necessary support to move from the first set of expectations to the second (Folsom, 2007, p. 8). With the publication of NACADA’s new monograph, The New Advisor Guidebook: Mastering the Art of Advising Through the First Year and Beyond, we now have the resources and tools to do this.

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advisor competencies, advisor training, academic support, new advisor, advising skills, Pat Folsom
Posted in: 2007 June 30:2
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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[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 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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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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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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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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Implementing a successful outcomes assessment plan, particularly one that assesses learning and performance across campus units, is a big undertaking.  The authors consider ten essential, intangible elements of any successful outcomes assessment endeavor.

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decision-making, research, professional development, communication, collaboration, build relationships, advisor competencies, community relationships, assessment, common reading, mission statement, research group, advising research, Jaimie Haider, Ashley Moir
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The author contends that gathering data for outcomes assessment or research does not have to be complicated, mysterious, or difficult.

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decision-making, communication, advisor competencies, academic support, advising strategy, assessment, advising approaches, active listening, Joshua Larson, advising research, encouraging
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With increasing numbers of student veterans entering the nation’s colleges and universities, it is critical that professionals in higher education understand the unique perspectives and experiences they bring to the campus and that appropriate models to support their academic success are developed.

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communication, build relationships, advisor competencies, advisor training, academic support, at-risk students, community relationships, advising theory, cultural differences, advising strategy, critical thinking, advising approaches, adult learners, Coby Dillard, deal
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Advising administrators and training developers frequently ask how advisors can build relational core competencies such as communicating inclusively and conducting successful advising interactions. The author presents theory-informed practical recommendations for advisors to help address the “how” of some of the relational core competencies.

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theory, theory to practice, communication, build relationships, advisor competencies, role of advisor, advising theory, preparedness, student motivation, advising strategy, advising approaches, encouraging students, underprepared students, James Wicks, WICKS
Posted in: 2018 June 41:2
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Most major academic advising theories stress the importance of the advising relationship.  In advising, the quality of the relationship between advisor and student is at the heart of most interventions.  The author notes that the shared focus of various advising theories on factors that foster the advisor-student relationship is very similar to the common factors theory in psychology.

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theory, research, empathy, communication, build relationships, advisor competencies, academic support, advising theory, advising approaches, active listening, advising environment, advising research, Mehvash Ali
Posted in: 2018 June 41:2
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The development and implementation of structured paths for professional development and career advancement for academic advisors are becoming progressively more important. In an effort to identify essential skills and characteristics as well as provide guidance to advisors seeking advancement, the advising community at Kansas State University developed a career ladder framework based on the NACADA Core Competencies of Academic Advising.

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professional development, advisor competencies, community relationships, advising environment, new advisor, Ashley Thomas, Bradford Cunningham
Posted in: 2018 June 41:2
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Over time, academic advisors may begin to experience emotional, physical, and spiritual exhaustion from constantly witnessing and absorbing the difficulties of students. Developing self-care strategies within advising training and development can help advisors pay attention to their emotional state and allow time for reflection and healing.

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empathy, communication, advisor competencies, role of advisor, stress, academic support, advising strategy, assessment, active listening, Shantalea Johns, Mevash Ali
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Since the mid-1990s, there has been a rise in the prevalence of students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder conditions. Interventions that offer continued support with social and educational skills may prove critical to improving success in college for students with autism.

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theory to practice, communication, advisor competencies, academic support, learning disabilities, advising strategy, advising approaches, Asperger's Syndrome, Shantalea Johns, Matthew Bumbalough, Amy Sosanko
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When he first began advising, the author “had only a vague understanding of the advising profession.”  He had to find a way to take what he already knew and bring that into a new space.

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professional development, advisor competencies, personal philosophy, advising theory, advising strategy, teaching strategy, new advisor, advising approaches, Aaron Pryor
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The Bepko Learning Center at IUPUI houses a one-on-one peer-coaching program in which academically successful students are paired with their peers in order to aid them in achieving academic success. Coaches mentor other students on how to be successful in college—whether that means learning study techniques, creating weekly schedules, or setting long-term goals.

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mentoring, theory to practice, communication, advisor competencies, advisor training, peer mentors, advising theory, advising strategy, peer advising, Liz Freedman, Maria Makeever, Katie Weller
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The author is “better equipped with effective tools and resources to enhance the academic advising experience” following her attendance at the 2018 NACADA Assessment Institute.

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professional development, advisor competencies, advisor training, advising strategy, assessment, advising workshops, advising approaches, learning outcomes, Seeta Rees
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Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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The culture within an office whose team provides service to others can set the tone for communicating positively in each situation, whether it is with a student, colleague, or a stakeholder.

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empathy, communication, build relationships, advisor competencies, reflection, academic support, professionalism, conflict resolution, advising environment, Dawn Coder
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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Safe Conversations is an educational program that focuses on dialogue promoting a new way of talking and listening to one another. When applied appropriately, connection and safety occur which promotes respectful and healthy relationships.

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proactive advising, empathy, communication, build relationships, advisor competencies, academic support, active listening, advising space, advising environment, Curtis Hill
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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A paternalistic act is one in which an individual or institution interferes with another individual, without that individual’s consent, under the justification that such an act is for the affected individual’s own good.  The author offers a conceptual analysis of paternalism and an ethical analysis of its place within academic advising. 

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theory, advisor competencies, role of advisor, theoretical reflections, advising theory, critical thinking, ethical dilemmas, ethical approaches, ethics, Sean McGimpsey
Posted in: 2019 June 42:2
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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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