Joint NACADA & Aspire Publication
The vision of the National Science Foundation-funded Aspire Alliance is to increase the learning, persistence, and completion of students from underrepresented groups (URG) in colleges and universities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Faculty are a key leverage point in the success of URG undergraduate students. When URG students are taught by URG faculty, they achieve at significantly higher rates. Research also reveals that inclusive teaching, mentoring and advising leads to enhanced performance, self-efficacy, and STEM identity, which foster persistence. In addition, while academic advising in higher education has been professionalized and its importance in student success recognized, faculty advising has not experienced the advancement in scholarship, theory and practice that is needed.
The National Change Team of the Aspire Alliance is working to provide current and future faculty with training in advising (and teaching and mentoring) so that they can improve their own repertoire of skills as effective faculty for students from all backgrounds.
NSF Aspire Alliance’s Guide to Academic Advising for STEM Faculty (free, downloadable pdf):