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In just a short few decades, the study and practice of academic advising has generated new ways of thinking and practice to address the ever-changing student body attending various institution types...

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Our students, our legislatures and other governmental agencies, our students’ parents, and our boards of trustees or regents all are telling higher education the same message: Increasing the percentage of college completion and/or persistence to graduation is mandatory...

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Academic advising is a proactive and intrusive process in which advisor and advisee build a collaborative relationship in order to promote college success.  Conflict resolution is such an approach to aid advisors in maximizing the potential of advisees to be successful...

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With retention and graduation rates increasingly a part of the conversations on our campuses, the question as to whether an early choice of major will lead to timely graduation keeps surfacing... So, what is the answer?  Does an early declaration of major mean that a student is actually more likely to graduate “on time?”

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As advisors it is important to be intrusive without intruding, and be warm, friendly and inviting while still providing the tough love and information that students need to hear...Advisors can use several techniques to provide intrusive advising services without intruding or being overbearing.

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Students were asked to participate in a qualitative survey including a photography project...

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Many advisors and administrators are being tasked with the difficult job of serving a growing number of students with existing – and often inadequate – physical space. Physical space is especially important when considering first impressions of advisees; space is a tool for facilitating rapport building between the advisor and advisee and should also be perceived as safe for both advisor and advisee.

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New Directors of Advising are generally eager to succeed in terms of personal performance and team performance. The authors offer suggestions for negotiating unexpected challenges in a new advising director position.

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As advisor roles are clarified and defined on campus, a professional development team can move forward with programming and training to help strengthen skills and abilities as they pertain to advisor expectations...topics must fit the group’s mission and objectives, as determined through the assessment process...

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Given the current lack of research on the academic advising field and profession, if advisors do not pick up the banner, what are the implications? The authors offer suggestions on how to get started with research in advising.

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In times of tragedy, students look to their advisors for answers. If we have established trusting relationships, our offices can be a refuge. Taking time to talk, listen, be quiet and, if appropriate, suggest counseling, can make all the difference.

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NACADA Summer Institute Scholarship Recipient discusses the knowledge she gained and her inspiration for innovative programs that can be implemented on her home campus...

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As individual academic advisors, we all have the power to choose for ourselves our own Personal Practical Theories (PPTs) of Academic Advising.  Identifying PPTs that inform advising practices can allow advisors to become more thoughtful and reflective in applying and adapting various advising approaches and theories in their unique advising contexts.

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As President this year, I have presented my views on professionalism in advising and my thoughts on the issue continue to evolve…

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In our nearly 40 years of existence, NACADA has grown into one of the most respected and valued higher education associations globally. This has occurred not by accident, but by the careful planning and hard work of many amazing volunteers and leaders as well as the NACADA Executive Office staff at Kansas State University.

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Advice or advise? The semantics matter. Our students deserve the experience of advising, so let’s answer that call...

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What do nontraditional female students say about their experience as adult learners? Their voices speak eloquently to advisors about the importance of listening and responding to student needs...

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An answer to Musser’s (2012) challenge to the advising community to build on the constructivist foundation of advising theory...

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Many advisors work with students who are exploring, either initially or after a first (or second) choice of majors doesn’t work out; other advisors work with students who have chosen their major.  It is common that both of these types of students don’t know what career they wish to pursue.  How can advisors adequately help students explore and commit to a major or career choice?

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Advisors and learning strategists often work with students who are aware that they lack motivation; however, these students do not know how to change their predicament.  Advisors can inspire motivation by introducing tangible tasks that move the student to action.

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An extremely complex facet of advising pre-professional students is how to instill realism in students whose goals mismatch with their current academic performance… Although no advisor wants to discourage a student from pursuing his or her goal, advisors also may feel a responsibility of instilling a level of realistic expectations with their advisees.

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In a time of fierce economic trials, it is easy for us as well as students to fixate on job preparation. But we must not fall into the alluring mistake of advising students as only aspiring employees. Instead, we should cultivate an advising practice that narrates multiple educational payoffs for our advisees, including, but not limited to, employability.

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The most common phrase I hear from students during advising is “just tell me what classes to take.” As an advisor who wants to help students reach their goals and full potential, I cringe each time I hear it…

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Inaccurate assumptions, coupled with the steady increase of international enrollment all over the U.S., have resulted in a number of racial incidents targeting international students… University administrations across the country have proposed that we need to create safe and welcoming environments by encouraging cross-cultural interactions between domestic and international students.

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As institutions of higher education face increased budget cuts and reduced state support, academic departments are forced to become increasingly self-supported. The Psychology Department at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio offers a model for implementing marketing efforts at the department level that serve to increase visibility and student retention while fostering departmental growth in a time of fiscal tightening.

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I have been fortunate to serve in my current position as academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for these six months…As I reflect on my first semester, I share some advice that may benefit new and aspiring professionals coming into the profession of academic advising.

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The field of academic advising has various aspects that new advisors must navigate to fully embrace their position.  These tips can assist a new advisor in navigating these pathways and reveal new areas to explore within the profession.

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Much of what was accomplished this year was directly connected to the Strategic Plan and years of hard work. That is one of the many beauties of NACADA – it enjoys a consistency of direction coupled with a commitment to improve and support effective advising in a changing landscape.

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This has been a busy and exciting year so far for the association and the Executive Office. Since January, our membership has continued to grow and see major advancements in how technology is offered and utilized.

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As contemporary higher education continues to strive to become a place where historically underserved students are affirmed as a part of the institutional priorities, it is important to think about how social justice ideology can be applied at the ground level in individual advising sessions and group outreach

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Hilleary Himes and Janet Schulenberg, Theory and Philosophy of Advising Commission Members The Theoretical Reflections series is sponsored by the NAC...

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Some institutions are removing pastoral support from residences, saying that 18-year-old students are adults and shouldn’t need it.  The University of Leeds takes a different view, arguing that to be placed in a hall of 1,200 almost exclusively first-year students is by its nature an unnatural and sometimes alienating experience.

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While on the surface it can seem to be a stretch to discuss the effects of not having enough free play in preschool on incoming college students, the long-term effects are real.  Fortunately, colleges and universities can be prepared by guiding their practice with already well-established theoretical frameworks to better assist students in the transition.

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People have always looked to their peers for help… Many college students look to other students for what they perceive to be better guidance than what they would receive from advisors or faculty. Utilizing peer advisors is a way to harness these easy connections built between students and recognize that students are a part of the advising process, rather than recipients of an advice-giving encounter.

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In today's world of decreased state funding, lower retention and graduation rates, and increased scrutiny from a government perspective, it is imperative we in higher education use all of the tools in our arsenal to create strong student success and allow them to achieve the dream of a college education. CLEP is such a tool.

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Upon the end of participation in sport at an elite level, former athletes often experience negative emotions and behaviors… As academic advisors, we can help students ease this transition by applying Schlossberg’s Transition Framework to our work with student-athletes.

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As I reflected on a favorite collection of stories that features an array of heartwarming characters who set off on grand adventures, I started thinking about some of their famous quotes and how they could be applied to academic advising and student success.

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Six years ago, a group of advisors at the University of Louisville created the first Academic Advising Fair in order to make students more aware about advising…Each year the success of the event has grown as evidenced by the number of students in attendance.

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Advising 3.0 includes incorporating the lessons of face-to-face interaction with current technology to meet students’ digital expectations.

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This article contains tips and practices that help the author communicate more effectively in writing, save time, and establish and/or strengthen connections with advisees.

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This spring, I had the honor of interviewing six of the association's leaders… My task was to construct an oral history, identifying three key milestones in the association's history and development through the perspectives of living participants.

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The NACADA Academic Advising Administrators’ Institute gave me a formal setting to learn new concepts and theories in advising administration.  I also learned that many of the teaching methods used at the Institute could inform my practices in advising.

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The NACADA 2013 Assessment Institute equipped me with tools to develop an advising curriculum that I can test and continually improve for a more significant impact on my students.

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Emerging Leaders Program Advisory Board Chair Carol Pollard (University of North Texas) is pleased to announce the 2013-2015 NACADA Emerging Leaders and Mentors.

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This is an exciting time for NACADA and its membership. The Association counts on you to let us know how we can assist in enhancing your advising practice and meeting your goals... As an Association, we are navigating our charted course to maintain our focus on advising as a profession, the professional development of our membership, and effectively serving the needs of our diverse and worldwide members.

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What a tremendous year 2013 has been for NACADA, our leaders, our Executive Office staff, and most importantly our members! This year will be remembered in many ways but especially for our membership growth; our continued expansion globally; our focus on membership retention and leadership development; the Board’s approval of a new vision, mission, and goals for the association’s work; and our vast technological advances making our members’ connection with NACADA electronically easier and more beneficial to them.

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A candid conversation with Charlie Nutt, who joined the Executive Office of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) in 2002 and has served as the association's Executive Director since 2007. This article originally appeared in K-State College of Education Connections magazine.

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International students want to be personally and academically successful; however, when students lack confidence in their communication skills, or when they experience negative interactions with the host culture, they may be unwilling to seek guidance when they need it… So what can we do?

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In the spirit of the rapid globalization of higher education, academic advising professionals from around the world joined together in Maastricht, The Netherlands for NACADA’s first International Conference in June 2013. Here advising professionals presented best practices and exchanged ideas and strategies for best serving students. Approaches for addressing the growing pains that accompany an expanding and diversifying student population were chief among the conference’s themes.

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With U.S. universities heavily recruiting all over the world, there is an urgency to meet the advising needs of international students on U.S. campuses.  To sustain such a robust and holistic advising program, advisors have to go beyond selection of courses and graduation requirements.  With this goal in mind, the Advising Program in the English Language program at Kansas State University continues to grow and improve through self- analysis and continuous training.

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Advising administrators and advising units constantly face decisions about which technologies to use, and how technology decisions impact advising practices. Is technology defining our advising, or does our advising practice shape the technology?

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As a former international student-athlete, current academic advisor, and past chair of the Advising Student-Athletes Commission, I consider it essential that new advisors be aware of the following tips that can help generate success when advising international student-athletes.  These strategies have proven valuable in my success as an advisor in higher education.

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When faced with people who we do not understand because they are different from us, it is all too easy to think as little as possible about that difference; thinking about why we are uncomfortable is uncomfortable in and of itself. .. helpers in any profession should recognize that experiencing discomfort from difference is normal, maybe even natural. But processing that reaction—and learning from it—is essential for growth.

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How do organizations make “diversity” work?  What should leaders do to ensure that the variety of personal and institutional characteristics held by those within their ranks is representative of the diversity of the members they represent?  Furthermore, how do we ensure the diversity of the membership is reflective of the diversity within higher education? And, by the way, what exactly is meant by the term diversity?

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Today, as budgets continue to shrink and expectations continue to rise, we face our own crisis in higher education.  Many advisors are being asked to do more with less: more advisees, more meetings, more technology, more nights and weekends, more data, more assessment, fewer resources, less time.  This kind of environment has the potential to become toxic, leading to a culture of fear, competition, segregation, and blame.  Permaculture offers us insights as to how we can respond to these challenging times in a positive, productive way.

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Transitioning from high school to college is a life-changing event for all students, but may be even more challenging for students who are academically underprepared… The adage Advising is Teaching is applicable where advisors use developmental theories to help students on academic probation enhance their education.

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Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) has become the first college in the nation to create a cross-disciplinary, open-source series of free, online, non-credit developmental-level math, English, and reading courses called BPCC Open Campus... Ultimately, the College hopes that what it is doing may serve as a valuable resource for other colleges and universities facing similar challenges of advising and remediating underprepared students.

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In response to a lack of on-campus advisor development opportunities and a reduction in employee travel funds, OASIS staff at Valdosta State University created the Master Advisor Series

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I chair the Advising Committee on Minnesota State University Moorhead’s campus, and we have great ideas during our committee meetings, but never seem to find the time to develop and implement the ideas.  We needed to make a time commitment to our ideas, but we also needed some leadership and direction. To achieve these goals, we decided to send a team to NACADA’s Academic Advising Administrators’ Institute.

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“Do you believe that you advise without borders?” This is a question that we strive to answer each day working toward a style of advising that critically listens to the experiences of students in order to guide the direction of our work. As practitioners who work to empower students, we value their voices.

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