Graduate Corner

The Graduate Corner showcases the research, analysis, and writings of developing authors enrolled in graduate programs. Their topics focus on academic advising in higher education and seek to introduce new advising ideas as well as contribute to the discussion within the academic advising profession.

Actualizing Social Justice in Academic Advising: The Importance of Self-Care

Freesia Towle, University of St. Thomas

Abstract

This article focuses primarily on the necessity of critical self-care for staff dedicated to social justice while advising diverse student populations. Applying social justice approaches to academic advising is considered a best practice in the field of student affairs; however, making this a reality can be challenging and emotionally draining. As academic advisers commit to actualizing social justice in advising practices, feelings of burnout and fatigue …

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National and Community Service from an Academic Advising Perspective

Sarah C. Gay, University of South Carolina

Introduction

National and community service is a valid and transformative path that academic advisers can explore with graduating advisees. It is no secret that an individual’s career path may undergo a number of transitions—10.5 job changes on average, according to the United States Department of Labor’s National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (as cited in Henscheid, 2008a). Roman Krznaric, founder of The School of Life …

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Advising Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Best Practices for Student Success

Dana Clark, University of St. Thomas

Abstract

As of 2014, one in sixty-eight children in the United States received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (Bednarchyk, 2014). As the prevalence of this learning disability rises within the general population, increased numbers of students with ASD enter institutions of higher education across the United States (Hansen, 2011). This data mean faculty and staff working at colleges and universities require knowledge of best practices …

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From Tech School to a Four-Year Institution: Lessons Learned from Gamecock Gateway

More than 80 percent of today’s high school graduates will choose to attend college within eight years of graduating from high school and nearly half of them will attend a technical or community college prior to transferring to a four-year institution (Rising by degrees, 2014). Some decide to attend a technical college because the tuition is less, while others make this decision due to flexible class scheduling options. For students who are unsure of their …

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Advising and Engaging the “Working-Class” College Student

Since the U.S. economy crashed in 2008, institutions of higher education have generally increased tuition and fees to cover shortfalls in state funding and/or fundraising efforts. For example, tuition has increased nearly 60 percent at private colleges and doubled at public institutions during the past ten years (Clark & Wang, 2011). This tuition hike has forced many students to work part-time and/or full-time jobs to pay escalating tuition, fees, room, and board. According to King …

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Academic Advising in a Multicultural World

Tackling the advising profession with a homogeneous approach would be like offering only vanilla or chocolate at the local ice cream shop. Sure, there will be customers who want one or the other but serving more choices would help to satisfy everyone. Similarly, approaching advising relationships with the adviser’s own ethnocentricity as the sole guiding force will lead to a one-dimensional relationship. The importance of academic advising cannot be overstated. As Gordon (2002) suggested, “academic …

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Athletic Academic Advising for Revenue Sports: A Unique Challenge

Academic advising is a unique field in the sense that advisers often play multiple roles.  Some of the roles that are commonly associated with this discipline are mentor, guide, confidant, and teacher (Gordon, Habley, & Grites, 2008, p. 86). Academic advisers are presented with unique opportunities to form relationships with students with diverse backgrounds and circumstances. These backgrounds and circumstances include those of international students, students with disabilities, nontraditional students, first-generation college students, and student-athletes. …

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Prevalence of Mental Health Issues among College Students: How Do Advisers Equip Themselves?

An increasing number of students are arriving on college campuses with mental health issues (Hunt & Eisenberg, 2010). It is not uncommon for students to experience varying degrees of stress, anxiety, and depression during their time in college, inasmuch as they encounter both academic and non-academic stresses during their college experience. Some examples of non-academic stressors include personal relationships, work life, and family. Even a major life transition such as moving away from home to …

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Practical Considerations in Developing Peer Advising Programs

Academic advising typically consists of one-on-one relationships between students and faculty or staff members. However, in response to changing student populations and institutional needs, colleges and universities are reexamining their academic advising delivery systems (Self, 2008). One way of doing so is by using peer advisers and, in fact, the use of peer advising has grown in recent years. According to a February 2004 National Academic Advising Association survey, “over 65% of institutions surveyed have …

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The Unreachable Student: Techniques and Strategies to Increase the Influence of Academic Advising

As an undergraduate student, I rarely sought out my academic adviser. For a number of reasons, I really only interacted with an academic adviser when I was required or needed his or her signature. While enrolled in a recent seminar on academic advising, I began to reflect on these experiences. It is my belief that there is a particular group of unreachable students—those who do not seek out their advisers, rarely make appointments, and seldom …

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