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NACADA leaders want to ensure that all members feel as though they matter within the association’s culture. Whether a new or continuing NACADA member, it is important that each member feels as though their contributions make this association what it is.

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It has been a busy but profitable year for our association.  NACADA continues to grow in supporting our membership and also in our impact across all of higher education across the globe. 

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NACADA (2017) has identified the relational element of academic advising as one of the core competencies of the profession along with the conceptual and informational elements.  Distinct from the others, the relational element highlights the dynamics within the advising practice.  That said, saying the relationship is important is one thing, designing and supporting advising practices that help facilitate and sustain the relationship is another… How do institutions help advisors develop the knowledge and skills to enhance and sustain their advising relationships?

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NACADA’s new partnership with Complete College America strongly demonstrates the centrality of academic advising to college completion and affordability. This article presents numerous ways advisors can boost affordability for their students, including strategies which facilitate timely degree completion and methods for serving as advocates for affordability-related programs, services, and even campus mindset.

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Many people, including advisors, struggle with paying attention. If this inability to pay attention occurs during advising appointments, opportunities could be lost to connect with students.  Nevertheless, it is possible to increase one’s ability to pay attention and increase effectiveness in completing tasks with the practice of mindfulness.

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Academic advisors face numerous challenges, one of which is providing a quality advising experience under strict time constraints.  When facing time-related challenges, advisors must decide on what information to prioritize as well as the best conversational approach for students.

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Most researchers now agree that perfectionism is multifaceted, encompassing a wide range of behaviors and attitudes.  In order to support student success, academic advisors should recognize the signs of both adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism in students and learn ways to encourage healthy, adaptive perfectionism while helping students with a maladaptive perfectionistic mindset to cope more constructively with challenges.

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Without the intervention of faculty mentors or academic advisors, undergraduate students often acquire unwise habits regarding course selection.  Faced with the scary task of creating a course schedule, students who do not know where to start often turn to their friends and ask for recommended “easy courses.”  While the magnetic draw of “easy courses” may persist, faculty mentors and advisors can help undergraduates develop a mindset to strategically select courses and plan for their academic futures.

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Higher education professionals strive to provide a safe environment conducive to learning and personal growth for students, but instances of violence occurring at institutions of higher education happen despite those efforts.  Academic advisors must be prepared for an unexpected student disclosure.

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Veterans have always been part of the landscape of most universities, and many bring with them issues of readjustment, PTSD, and disabilities.  It is essential that advisors understand how to engage with veterans in advising sessions and in conversations about their academic trajectories.

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Everyone grieves, yet when encountering a grieving student, academic advisors may feel helpless.  The author suggests tools that can be used can regardless of where the students are along their grief journey.

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The author shares strategies she has found successful in assisting at risk students.

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At Missouri State University (MSU), the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program has partnered with the Academic Advisement Center to create a system of educational internships for graduate students interested in academic advising.  This article outlines the internship structure at MSU and discusses experiences from the perspectives of the internship supervisor and interns from the past year.

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Kansas State University student body president and vice president discuss their experience of learning and growth at the 2016 NACADA Annual Conference.

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Wesley R. Habley scholarship recipient shares her experience at the 2016 NACADA Summer Institute.

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Just as academic advisors understand the importance of partnerships with students, it is equally important that they continue to increase their partnerships with other advising professionals to expand their own networks.

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We can no longer simply look at advisor ratios and student satisfaction. We must develop, and assess the achievement of, learning outcomes for the academic advising experiences of students.

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Those attending a NACADA event invariably hear much talk about the NACADA family.  NACADA leaders extol the virtues of becoming a member of the NACADA family and advise participants to “get involved” in the association.  It may seem like everyone belongs but you!  Here are some ways to get started.

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Academic advising is crucial if institutions are to achieve goals of persistence and timely graduation, as well as student self-realization and growth.  It is one of the two most important levers to pull within the university to positively impact student success… As institutions look to academic advisors for leadership, members of the profession need to be able to articulate their value, assess their impact, and embrace the changes required to serve students better.

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Academic advisors must embrace the constant flow of change in higher education to create increasingly effective and specialized tools to promote student success and the advancement of their profession… PALEO Advising was created to provide a simple-to-remember framework for advisors of all experience levels to capitalize upon connections and promote intentional progress wherever they are.

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Most students benefit from integrative advising, but what makes the case of elite student-athletes acute is not only their advanced skill level in their future profession and the intensity with which they must develop and showcase those skills during college, but also the apparent disconnect between their academic studies and their legitimate career aspirations… Through this approach, advisors help student-athletes understand that they are valued beyond their athletic ability and that they are shaping and creating their own unique education that will support their needs, interests, and hopes now and in the future.  

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Advisors sometimes need to deliver bad news to students. The author discusses how advisors can use the SPIKES model as a framework for delivering bad news to students.

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The authors highlight Gen Z-friendly methods that they have used to promote student engagement in appointments, on campus, and in the community.

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There are many different ways to reach students outside of traditional in office advising.  The entire experience a student has while in college is important, and it is beneficial to the relationship between the student and advisor to show interest in them outside of that traditional advising setting they may be used to or expect.

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: In efforts to provide active support for retaining first-time, full-time freshmen, the School of Business Administration at Portland State University (PSU) decided to hire a full-time advisor dedicated to supporting this population.  The purpose of the First Year Programs Advisor was to research the needs of the freshmen population, manage and analyze retention data, and develop advising-based programs and resources (as well as last-minute, drop-in advising) that meet the needs of those students. The author discusses the research done on retention and the programs developed out of that research.

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The technology of predictive analytics has come to academic advising.  Is this what we want?

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The Summer Institute challenged me to think about what I do well as an advisor (and now an advising administrator) and what I need to work on.  It equipped me with the resources and perspective needed to bring about change at my college.  I was impressed how practical and useful the Summer Institute was with a spoken and unspoken theme of the week: how will you be able to put these ideas into practice?

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