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2010 June 33:2

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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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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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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Even in the most challenging times, autonomy and freedom are powerful incentives that colleges can offer employees at little cost...

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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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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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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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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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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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The NACADA Annual Conference is my birthday present to myself...It’s a major part of my professional development.

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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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