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Faculty Advising Fellows: Lessons Learned

Abstract

This paper explores the Faculty Advising Fellows program at a small regional university. The program began in 2007 to supplement the work of professional advisers. Focus groups and interviews involved Faculty Advising Fellows, professional staff advisers, and former Fellows, all of whom gave their perceptions of the program, addressed areas of strength, and discussed ways the program could be improved. This article also presents a short history of the advising process and gives the …

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The Importance of Advising Undergraduates in the Humanities

Last semester, a colleague who also advises undergraduate students confided in me that one of her students arrived for an appointment in distress. The student, a third-year humanities major, had been informed by an undergraduate adviser in a professional program that her liberal arts major was, essentially, useless. The student indicated to my colleague that, though she connected strongly to her major on an emotional and intellectual level, she felt she had no ammunition to …

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Academic Advising Is Not a Profession: Who Knew?

Introduction

The catalyst for this research project occurred when a group of advisers at the University of Utah campus questioned the status of academic advising as a career. Initially, they were curious why many individuals who became academic advisers viewed the job as a stepping-stone to something else. To understand why individuals viewed the career this way and to assess changing viewpoints, the group investigated what an occupation or a profession is and how one …

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Description of a Team-based Intensive Advising Mentor Program at An Undergraduate Baccalaureate Nursing Program: From the Advisers’ Perspective

Introduction

There is a growing demand for baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the healthcare field. The Institute of Medicine (2010) called for an 80 percent increase of baccalaureate-prepared nurses. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, “… nursing schools across the country are struggling to expand capacity to meet the rising demand for care given the national move toward healthcare reform” (AACN, 2014, ¶ 1). The Council on Physician and Nurse Supply (2008) called for …

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Developing Trusting Relationships in Academic Advising: A Review of the Literature with Recommendations for Practices

Introduction

While much has been written about the need to define academic advising, it is generally recognized as a relational process that takes place between students and advisers (Himes, 2014; NACADA, 2003a; Schulenberg & Lindhorst, 2008). Consequently, the promotion of effective relationships and processes are both essential in advising.  A critical component of each is trust. This article focuses on trust and its relationship to advising. Consequently, this article addresses four questions: First, what is …

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Toward a Theory of Advising

This paper sets forth the main principles of a theory of advising. This theory, explained more fully later in the paper, holds advising to be fundamentally a learning activity in which students intentionally and reflectively integrate their academic learning into an education that is a coherent whole. I am calling it the integrative learning theory.

The theory itself is not entirely original to the present paper: it builds on work previously published by Hemwall and …

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Empowerment through Advising: Academic Advising in Individualized Major Programs

Individualized Major Programs (IMPs) offer a distinctively personal learning environment for undergraduate students, in which they develop their own curricula and forge new pathways of learning often structured by intensely “high touch” interactions with the faculty and staff of such programs. Among the many areas of IMPs that have been under-theorized is the relationship between the student and academic adviser. While diverse in structure and intent, all IMPs share the philosophical characteristic of empowering students …

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Comparing Undergraduate and Graduate Perspectives of Adviser Interactional Justice, Sociocommunicative Style, and Credibility

Abstract

The goal of the current study was to further the research findings generated by Wrench and Punyanunt (2004, 2005, 2008), and Punyanunt-Carter and Wrench (2008), which examined the influence of a variety of communication variables in the graduate adviser-advisee interpersonal relationship. The current study examined undergraduate and graduate advisee perceptions of advisers’ interactional justice, sociocommunicative style, and credibility. Findings revealed that undergraduate advisees scored higher on adviser assertiveness than did graduate advisees. Moreover, graduate …

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Applying Choice Theory to Academic Advising

When academic advisers feel frustrated by unsuccessful attempts to guide students toward the “right” course of action, the advisers may be suffering under an external control psychology, which creates a lack of satisfaction in their role. Hopefully this frustration is not an everyday experience, but unless all students are superior problem solvers and are self-motivated, advisers likely have experienced it often enough to wish for a solution.

Changing from an External Control worldview to a …

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Evidence-Based (Simple but Effective) Advice for College Students: Microaction and Macrochange

Sung Hee Kim, University of Kentucky

Introduction

Excellent advice for college students abounds. A simple Amazon search for “advice for college students” yields more than a thousand results, including book titles that range from How to Become a Straight-A Student, 6 Days to Better Grades, and A Guide for Academic Success to Becoming a Master Student. Most of these resources offer outstanding, practical advice. In addition to a wide array of advice books, college students …

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