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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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An advising program’s mission statement is the guiding principle that should be at the back of an advisor’s mind as they enter every student interaction.  The author describes a five-step process to write mission statements.

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theory to practice, professional development, collaboration, advising theory, advising strategy, critical thinking, mission statement, learning outcomes, Schaffling
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In tough economic times, higher education administrators are obliged to seek cost-saving measures and/or to conduct cost-benefit analyses of programs. Academic advising programs have often been the targets for such reviews. Academic advising administrators, therefore, must be prepared to respond to these challenges before they occur.

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decision-making, research, retention, reflection, role of advisor, critical thinking, assessment, advising environment, Tom Grites
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Teaching college was supposed to be freeing and provide me with the ability to teach students who pay to be in class, who want to be in class. These are supposed to be students who are eager to soak up what I have to offer, who come to class and behave, and who are responsible. I began my higher education career as an adjunct the semester before my contract as a full-time assistant professor began. As I watched my soon-to-be colleagues manage teaching responsibilities, committee assignments, and advising sessions, I became more and more eager to begin working with students. My first semester began, and I realized that my doctoral work had prepared me to teach, but nothing prepared me for academic advising – not even my own experience on the other side of the desk. What I had imagined would be the easiest part of my job became both one of the most challenging and most rewarding.

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proactive advising, build relationships, role of advisor, preparedness, critical thinking, advising approaches, encouraging students, advising skills, advising competencies, Jordan Barkley, faculty advisor
Posted in: 2006 June 29:2
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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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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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This article introduces solution-focused advising, a framework built and adapted from solution-focused counseling theory, as another tool for advisors to utilize within their approaches.

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theory, communication, collaboration, build relationships, reflection, academic support, advising theory, advising strategy, critical thinking, advising approaches, encouraging students, active listening, Kyle Ross
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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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One of the hardest things advisors face is the notion that they cannot always be the hero.  As advisors, we want to help and we want to make things as easy as possible.  Yet, there are so many things that are just beyond our control.

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decision-making, professional development, build relationships, role of advisor, academic support, dismissal, advising theory, advising strategy, critical thinking, advising approaches, encouraging students, conflict resolution, learning outcomes, Vince Hernandez, stud
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Much like letting young adults spread their wings, an advisor needs to be alert, offering assistance when necessary, but knowing when to let the student “learn the ropes” of academic life to ensure they become strong, independent learners.

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role of advisor, academic support, at-risk students, probation, procrastination, preparedness, advising strategy, critical thinking, advising approaches, encouraging students, underprepared students, conditional admit program, adult learners, Katherine Carlman
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The road to self-authorship—where an individual’s internal voice emerges and asserts its authority—begins with cognitive dissonance, perhaps even existential crisis, that challenges the individual’s assumptions about the self, social relationships, and the world.  This article considers advisors’ role in creating provocative moments.

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theory to practice, professional development, advisor training, advising theory, advising strategy, critical thinking, advising approaches, self-authorship, conflict resolution, Cecilia Lucero
Posted in: 2018 March 41:1
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With all the talk about helicopter parents and overparenting, it can be easy to forget that many parents have an incredible investment of time, love, money, and energy in their child’s education.  The authors gathered data from advisors on their perceptions of their interactions with parents and   asked for examples of effective strategies for working with parents.

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communication, parent relationships, advising strategy, critical thinking, advising approaches, conflict resolution, active listening, Allison Ewing-Cooper, Kami Merrifield, parental involvement parents
Posted in: 2018 March 41:1
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Most students intuitively know graduate programs differ from undergraduate programs; however, most cannot articulate how different they actually are or what those distinctions may be.  The authors contend that providing an orientation program is a vital component to the transition process.

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communication, critical thinking, encouraging students, Rebecca Hapes, graduate students, Rafael R. Almanzar, Gail Rowe
Posted in: 2018 March 41:1
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Students may be like Odysseus: full of dreams, interests, fears, and confusions, ready to begin their academic, personal, social, and developmental wanderings.  Graduation, much like Ithaca, is the desired destination.  Advisors, like the Goddess Athena, need wisdom, knowledge, resources, and authenticity to help student find the right paths during their wanderings.

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theory to practice, communication, advising theory, advising strategy, teaching strategy, critical thinking, advising approaches, encouraging students, Efrosini Hortis
Posted in: 2018 March 41:1
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The benefits of excellent academic advising for students warrant new and creative approaches; the authors utilize pre-advising reflective writing to improve student learning and success.  

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build relationships, reflection, student motivation, advising strategy, critical thinking, advising approaches, self-authorship, Liberal Arts, learning outcomes, Karl Wirth, Adrienne Christiansen
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To be an expert on the culture of all students that advisors advise and teach is unrealistic. However, getting to know each student in terms of their personal stories and backgrounds is doable. This is particularly important as the student population in higher education continues to diversify.

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empathy, communication, build relationships, reflection, role of advisor, at-risk students, cultural differences, student motivation, teaching strategy, critical thinking, active listening, Christine Robinson
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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As a primary point of contact between universities and students, academic advisors are often asked to integrate data-driven tools into their practice but only rarely do the concerns of advisors guide the creation of new approaches to institutional data. By bringing the advising perspective to analyses of student data, new opportunities can be found to support student pathways with helpful information.

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decision-making, research, major choice, academic support, preparedness, advising strategy, critical thinking, encouraging students, advising research, Sarah Blanchard Kyte
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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In today’s 21st century economy, it is no longer enough for advisors to help students choose a major and craft a course schedule. Advisors need to help students create a step-by-step plan for achieving their long-term goals and preparing for unexpected barriers along the way. Thus, career advising is now an important function of academic advising.

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decision-making, proactive advising, professional development, communication, career advising, academic support, advising strategy, critical thinking, faculty advisors, Liberal Arts, graduate students, Aurora Alexander, Kristi Kamis, pre-professional preparedness, role
Posted in: 2019 March 42:1
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Students sometimes find themselves trapped in a state of existence where they feel their voice is silenced and they experience a sense of helplessness.  Academic advisors may find that employing the six stages of the Public Achievement model can empower students who find themselves in this “Sunken Place.”

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retention, collaboration, academic support, advising theory, student motivation, critical thinking, advising approaches, encouraging students, Dene Roseburr-Olotu
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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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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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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