Critical Advising Issues

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Topics (KEYWORD) Index


Working with students

Advising Specific Populations

  • links to resources helpful in advising 40+ student groups (e.g., first-year, adult learners, probation students, pre-health, distance learners).

Resources helpful in advising students

  • Academic Support Resources
  • Associations with information related to advising 
  • Breaking bad news to students
  • Career Advising Resource Links
  • Civic Engagement
  • College and university catalogs via the University of Texas
  • College and university advising web sites
  • Communication and Listening Skills
  • Counseling and Mental Health Issues
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Cultural (multicultural) issues in advising
  • Decision-making
  • Disruptive students
  • Advisee e-folio
  • Enrollment/Registration resources.
  • The art of failing successfully
  • Financial Aid and money management
  • Goal-Setting
  • GPA Calculators
  • Student Health issues national study
  • Icebreakers

  • Student identity
  • Student Intake Forms

  • Learning Communities

  • Learning Styles

  • Major exploration
  • Major Changes
  • Memory aids
  • Student Motivation
  • Multicultural issues in advising
  • New Student  Orientation
  • Placement tests
  • Plagiarism
  • Problem-solving strategies
  • Publications and publishers
  • Guide to writing reference letters for advisees
  • Referral Resources
  • Use of social media in advising
  • Spirituality on Campus
  • Study Abroad links
  • Structuring an Advising Session
  • Suicide prevention
  • Teaching virtual teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Transcript Evaluation
  • Worth of a college education

Delivery Methods and Modes

  • Academic Success Coaching
  • Advising organizational structures/ models
  • Advisor load & working with large case loads
  • College Café classroom workshops
  • Developmental Advising
  • Faculty Advising Issues
  • One-on-one advising
  • Group Advising
  • Integrated Centers
    • Advising & Career
    • Advising & Academic /Learning Support
  • Proactive Advising formally known as Intrusive Advising
  • Peer Advising Program links
  • Professional Advisors
  • Structuring an Advising Session
  • Technology in advising

Ethics and Legal Issues

  • Civility on campus

  • Ethics in Advising
  • Legal Issues in Advising

Advisor and System Related

Administrative and Professional Issues

  • How to Become an Academic Advisor
    • conduct an advising job search
    • questions advising administrators ask in interviews
  • New Academic Advisors
  • Academic Advising Administrators
  • Advising Fees
  • Advisor Load
  • Advisor Training and Development
  • Assessment of Advising
    • CAS Academic Advising Standards and Guidelines
    • Student Learning Outcomes
  • NACADA Blog
  • Budget & Funding Issues
  • Campus-based advising organization
  • CAS Standards
  • Career Advising
  • Change
  • Implementing a Common Reading
  • Communication includes cross-generational & cross-cultural
  • advisor competencies and steps to advisor certification
  • Concept of Academic Advising
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Connecting advising with campus areas (30th anniversary series)
  • Core Values of Academic Advising
  • Cultural issues in advising
  • Cuseo Collection via the University of Wisconsin
  • Customer Service in Academic Advising
  • Downtime : The Crunch Is Over...Now What?
  • Determining the Worth of an Advising Unit
  • Effectiveness of Academic Advising via Assessment
  • Email advising guidelines
  • Generational issues in advising and in the workplace
  • Guidelines for advisor notes
  • Handbook - Creating an advisor handbook
  • How Administrators Can Help Manage Stress
  • International - advising issues outside the U.S.
  • How to conduct an advising job search
  • Student Learning Outcomes and learning centered advising
  • Mission and vision statements for academic advising
  • Needs Assessment
  • New Advisors
  • New Student Orientation
  • Office design resources
  • One-stop-shop centers
  • Working with Parents
  • Using a Portfolio to Document Advisor Effectiveness
  • Presentation Resources
  • Professional development (also see Advisor Training)
  • The Role of Advisors in Recruiting
  • Reporting issues Academic vs. Student Affairs
  • Research and grant writing web links
  • Responsibilities /expectations of advisors and advisees
  • Restructuring Advising Services
  • Retention , persistence and completion in academic advising
    • Early Alert Systems
    • Exit Surveys
    • Probation issues
  • Safety and crisis management issues
  • Salary and advisor classifications (career ladders)
  • Spelling of the word advisor
  • Stress Management, Burn Out and Inspirational Resources
  • Structuring an advising session
  • Student engagement
  • Student Services and Advising
  • Student Use of Advising Services
  • Syllabi for academic advising
  • Techniques for drawing students to advising
  • Women in Administration Issues

History, Theory, Philosophy, and Values

  • Advising Definitions
  • Advising Standards and Values
    • CAS Standards
    • Concept of Academic Advising
    • Core Values
  • Chronology of Academic Advising
  • History of Academic Advising and NACADA
  • Importance of Liberal Arts
  • Personal Philosophy of Academic Advising
  • Advising Theories and Approaches including developmental advising

All links within the Clearinghouse are NACADA-member suggested; all overviews are NACADA-member written. The Advising Issues & Resources section of the Clearinghouse is continually updated based upon NACADA-member submissions. NACADA members should contact us to suggest a resource or topic.

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Disclaimer: The Critical Advising Issues overviews exist to promote the advancement of academic advising through the greater dissemination of pertinent resources and research. While overview authors are NACADA members, the association and its board of directors do not authenticate, nor endorse the opinions stated within the overviews. Contact each author directly for information regarding the overview.