AAT banner

Voices of the Global Community


2019 June 42:2

NACADA President Karen Archambault encourages us to reflect and revel in the student success that we support.

[Read the rest of this article...]

Charlie Nutt, NACADA Executive Director As we wind down a season of 10 highly successful NACADA region meetings and move into our NACADA Summer Ins...

[Read the rest of this article...]

While Erik Erikson's psychosocial theory encompasses the entire lifespan, his eight conflicts can be readily applied to an undergraduate college student's lifespan, offering a unique paradigm through which to view the student-university relationship. Advisors, particularly, play a critical role in helping students overcome each conflict/crisis.

[Read the rest of this article...]

Students who return to college after a stop out period often have stories of arduous journeys of self-discovery predicated on competing demands of personal and professional life.  Listening carefully to these students’ stories can provide advisors with resources to assist them successfully navigate the challenges and obstacles that until now have prevented them from achieving their higher education goals.

[Read the rest of this article...]

Students sometimes find themselves trapped in a state of existence where they feel their voice is silenced and they experience a sense of helplessness.  Academic advisors may find that employing the six stages of the Public Achievement model can empower students who find themselves in this “Sunken Place.”

[Read the rest of this article...]

Safe Conversations is an educational program that focuses on dialogue promoting a new way of talking and listening to one another. When applied appropriately, connection and safety occur which promotes respectful and healthy relationships.

[Read the rest of this article...]

Academic advisors come from different lived experiences, educational, and professional backgrounds. Considering the multitude of paths coming into the field, it is essential to work with new advisors to support them through their transition into the advising field and retain them for the future of the field.

[Read the rest of this article...]

While students routinely report that the primary reason they attend college is to get a better job, few start with the end in mind. If academic advisors are to better engage students in career advising curriculum, they must weave it into all advising. This integration is difficult, but possible.

[Read the rest of this article...]

Just as we expect our students to fulfill the promise they made to the institution by working hard toward graduation, we as an institution must strive to fulfill the promise we make to every student that, regardless of the difficulties they face academically or personally, we will help them reach graduation and develop into mature, intellectually curious and capable adults.

[Read the rest of this article...]

Occasionally, students enter their advising session with personal baggage to share with their advisor that detours the conversation away from the normal advising issues.  Knowledge of psychological first aid (PFA) give advisors tools to support students who are striving to overcome a traumatically challenging situation before making a referral to another support resource on or off campus.

[Read the rest of this article...]

In addition to helping students plan, understand, and make meaning of their best path to graduation, academic advisors consistently contribute to student success beyond the advising appointment. It is vital for academic advisors to clearly communicate the variety of advising-related responsibilities in a way that is easily understood to all constituents across campus.

[Read the rest of this article...]

When an advising system redesign is needed, we cannot close the doors while we get it right.  Redesign is an activity both creative and constrained; it must equally embrace the ideal and the real.

[Read the rest of this article...]

When blackness, queerness, and nonconformity intersect, the burdens students carry can be profound.  Studies have shown a connection between queerness and discrimination, harassment, and victimization on U.S. college campuses. Academic advisors cannot underestimate how these incidents impact the lives and academics of BQGN students. The author offers methods that can be utilized to assist these students.

[Read the rest of this article...]

A paternalistic act is one in which an individual or institution interferes with another individual, without that individual’s consent, under the justification that such an act is for the affected individual’s own good.  The author offers a conceptual analysis of paternalism and an ethical analysis of its place within academic advising. 

[Read the rest of this article...]

The author, a Wesley R. Habley Summer Institute Scholarship recipient, considers the Institute as was one of the most pivotal experiences of her career. She left with great ideas, some of which she has already implemented into her institution’s advising program.

[Read the rest of this article...]

Complete editions of AAT are provided to facilitate one-touch capability, but readers are encouraged to view the individual articles and provide feedback to authors.

[Read the rest of this article...]

Academic Advising Today, a NACADA member benefit, is published four times annually by NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. NACADA holds exclusive copyright for all Academic Advising Today articles and features. For complete copyright and fair use information, including terms for reproducing material and permissions requests, see Publication Guidelines.

Search Academic Advising Today