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2010 December 33:4

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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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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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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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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When academic advisors create partnerships with secondary school stakeholders, the results are far-reaching...

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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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Professional and faculty advisors can develop a strong, valuable relationship that aids the institution and its students.

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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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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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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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Mentors from the Emerging Leaders Program come from all walks of NACADA life and all levels of leadership and involvement.

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From June 2005 through December 2011, this publication was titled Academic Advising Today: Lighting Student Pathways. Articles included in these archived editions will be presented in a compiled version as well as broken down into individual articles to facilitate search capacity. News features from this period may be attained by contacting the Managing Editor.

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