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Academic Advising Approaches: Strategies That Teach Students to Make the Most of College

Strong academic advising has been found to be a key contributor to student persistence (Center for Public Education, 2012), and many are expected to play an advising role, including academic, career, and faculty advisors; counselors; tutors; and student affairs staff. Yet there is little training on how to take action. Quite a lot of advising strategies exist, each of which has its own proponents.

To serve increasingly complex higher education institutions around the world and their diverse student cohorts, academic advisors will have to take into account multiple advising approaches and adroitly adapt them to their own student populations. Academic Advising Approaches outlines all kinds of proven advising practices and strategies that help students master the necessary skills to achieve their academic and career goals. This book embeds theoretical bases within practical explanations and examples advisors can use in answering fundamental questions such as:

  • What will make me a more effective advisor?
  • What can I do to toughen student success?
  • What conversations do I wish to initiate with my colleagues to strengthen my unit, campus, and profession?

Linking theory with practice, Academic Advising Approaches provides an accessible reference useful to all who serve in an advising role. Based upon accepted theories within the social sciences and humanities, the approaches covered include those incorporating developmental, learning-centered, appreciative, proactive, strengths-based, Socratic, and hermeneutic advising as well as those featuring advising as teaching, motivational interviewing, self-authorship, and advising as coaching. All advocate relationship-building as a means to encourage students to take charge of their own academic, personal, and professional progress.

This book serves as the practice-based companion to Academic Advising: A Comprehensive Handbook, also from NACADA. Whereas the handbook addresses the concepts advisors and advising administrators wish to know with a purpose to build a success advising program, Academic Advising Approaches explains the delivery strategies successful advisors can use to help students take advantage of their college experience.

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