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Voices of the Global Community


2012 June 35:2

There are many ways in which academic advisors can work with first generation college students to help them understand the college student role as well as to academically and socially integrate into the campus community.

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I continue to find that those who use procrastination language have less successful learning outcomes when grades are used as the measure of success, and the academic advising setting is ideal to promote student awareness of procrastination behavior and the language that can maintain that behavior.

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I've never forgotten a meaningful NACADA keynote from a 2005 Region 6 Conference in South Dakota. The speaker was V. J. Smith, an administrator at South Dakota State University, and the theme was “being thankful.”

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What an outstanding spring it has been for NACADA and all of our members!... What an exciting time this is for the association as well as for our entire membership of over 10,800 members!

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Student motivation is a complicated concept, as students come to University with multiple motivations...How can advisors and instructors build greater engagement and improve motivation in their students?

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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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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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Breaking bad news is never easy for advisors or their students. It is stressful and intense for both parties...So how does an advisor break bad news? What tools and tips does an advisor employ to minimize the negative effects of the news? Here some tips on how to approach these uncomfortable conversations.

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Undocumented students...are attending colleges and universities in increasing numbers, and they are an under-recognized demographic. This article identifies available resources for these students to assist advisors in producing educated members of society, regardless of legal status.

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Lost within the bureaucratic requirements of teacher education is the need for teachers to become in touch with parents and the community. As students frequently visit their advisors for guidance, advisors should recommend to their students that they take an active role in establishing relationships with parents and the surrounding community.

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Due to increasing student populations and the constantly evolving nature of student needs, more and more institutions are establishing peer advising programs...two current peer advisors share personal testimony to the experiences and strengths they have gained throughout their time as a peer advisor.

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As advisors, it is important to consider the culture of the out-of-state student population at our institutions. Are out-of-state students a minority population? What are the retention rates of these students? Are there any current programs or initiatives that exist to support out-of-state students? By answering these questions, advisors can determine if this programming model can be adapted to fit the needs of their institution.

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Mentoring is a unique, intentional relationship between two individuals. It can be informal or formal, but it will probably work best if the relationship contains elements of both...If we recognize that we are multifaceted individuals, we should seek mentors that can help us grow in each area of our lives—physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, educationally and professionally.

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Shortly after attending our Region 5 Conference, I was looking at an email from NACADA and then went to the website to learn more about the Summer Institute. Instantly, I was interested. We had learned so much and so enjoyed each of our previous experiences with NACADA that I knew attending a week-long intensive workshop would allow for us to accomplish some of our goals before the upcoming Fall semester.

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The National Academic Advising Association’s webinars exemplify a cost-effective professional development opportunity in which presenters explore some of the most pressing contemporary concerns in our field.

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...a theory of advising will present for us a statement of what advising is for, and why it is important, a vision of what it ideally would be.  Why is that valuable?

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At the request of our members, Academic Advising Today: Voices of the Global Community, NACADA's quarterly e-publication, is presented in a complete edition as well as broken down into individual articles to facilitate search capacity.

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