Posts Tagged ‘academic’

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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A Director of Direction: How Academic Advisers Can Effectively Propose Student Participation in the National Student Exchange Program

Gina is beginning her second year of college at a state university just twenty minutes down the road from her small hometown in Vermont. She chose the nearby school because of the in-state tuition and the fact that she received an impressive academic scholarship. However, Gina has always wanted to pursue her interest in travel and though she dreamed of spending a semester in Rome, Italy, she knows that foreign travel is an expensive endeavor, …

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Environmental Conditions and Their Influence on Academic Advising Offices

The Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) reported that academic “advising programs must identify environmental conditions that may positively or negatively influence student academic achievement” (CAS, 2009, p. 39). Academic advising practitioners must recognize the environmental implications of their offices and understand how they influence student learning. Examples include the chairs on which students may sit for a period of time; the characteristics of staff members working in the office; the reputation of the …

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Working Smarter, Not Harder: Using Academic and Advising Cohorts to Achieve Positive Change in One Small Program Area

Abstract

This article presents how one small program area in a state university used academic and advising cohorts to overcome limited resources resulting from budgetary restrictions. By reviewing the literature and identifying program goals, the program area was able to devise a restructuring plan that not only eased the burden on faculty members, but also assisted students in developing peer networks and in connecting academic and advising work. Furthermore, student retention numbers improved during the …

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Guide to Advising International Students about Academic Integrity

According to the 2011 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, the number of international students in the United State increased 4.68 percent over the previous year for a total of 723,277 students” (Institute of International Education, 2011). More and more institutions of higher education are intentionally seeking to increase their international student population by actively recruiting students from other countries. Reasons cited for this burgeoning interest in international students include maintaining the United States’ …

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