Posts Tagged ‘students’

Proactive Advising with First-Generation Students: Suggestions for Practice

In recent years, first-generation students (students with parents/guardians who have not completed any college) have become an important population in higher education due to their increasing numbers. According to the U.S. Department of Education (2010), first-generation students make up almost 46% of first-year students in higher education. Alarmingly, this large group is also at high risk for attrition. Ishitani (2006) found these students are 1.3 times more likely than their peers to leave institutions in …

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Advising Underprepared Students

The building blocks of most professions are theory and practice. Continual practice over the course of time can certainly help a professional become more adept in his or her work, but it almost certainly can be strengthened with a practice rooted in theory. Because academic advisers must accommodate students from all walks of life, one theory or even one set of theories cannot suffice. In fact, attempting to use one theory is not only inadequate but …

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The Parent Trap: Advisers, Parents, and Serving the Student

Imagine the person you care about most in the world has been in a terrible car accident and is rushed to the hospital with a severe head injury. The surgery lasts for hours, and afterward you talk to the surgeon, whose bedside manner leaves something to be desired. You have many questions, but the surgeon insists you should be patient, wait for updates, and follow her recommendations. She asks that you trust her expertise and …

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The eQuad: A Next-Generation eAdvising Tool to Build Community and Retain Students

The art and practice of eAdvising (defined here as using electronic means to advise online students) continues to evolve. The first generation of eAdvising (termed here as eAdvising 1.0) featured one-way communication between faculty and students, asynchronous communication via email, and even early advancements such as individual faculty web pages that provided resources and information for advisees (e.g., Luna and Medina, 2005; Wagner, 2001). eAdvising 2.0 expanded to develop state-of-the-art eTools, such as virtual advising …

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Doing Students a Disservice? An Ethical Note on Advising Liberal Arts Majors

Should an adviser discourage a student from pursuing a liberal arts degree? Or if the student is already a liberal arts major, should an adviser encourage the student to switch programs?

This line of inquiry is one advisers need to consider seriously, if for no other reason than students, parents, and public pundits are asking us versions of these questions. Indeed, it was an exasperated academic adviser’s defense of the liberal arts to parents that …

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O*NET Online as a Valuable Tool for Academic Advising

As The Mentor’s April 2006 “Advising Forum” revealed, there is a tremendous overlap between career counseling and academic advising (Advising Forum, 2006). The academic adviser often serves as the first line in helping students choose a major related to their future careers. Bates (2007) suggests that because students often associate majors with career choices, advisers need to have at least a basic knowledge of career counseling to be effective. Harris-Bowlsbey, Riley-Dikel, and Sampson (2002) tout …

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A Visual Model of Academic Advising

Introduction

Academic advising has involved teaching students about decision-making processes and career choices beginning with Crookston (1972). The years since have enriched the profession with theories of developmental advising, appreciative advising, and involvement theory to strengthen the foundation of academic advising and provide a framework to evaluate the impact on students. Consequently, the field of academic advising has increasingly focused on research and professional development. The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education …

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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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Making Change Work: Empowering Students Who Are Changing Majors

“I’ve wanted to be an engineer since I was a kid obsessed with LEGO building blocks. My high school didn’t offer AP calculus, so I am taking it this semester. Nearly everyone else took calc in high school. I am about to fail this course, which could mean the end of my engineering major.” – Jack

“I came in as an undeclared major because I really wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go. Now …

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How Do Students Define “Good Advising”?

Advising professionals frequently reflect on the meaning of effective academic advising as it applies to higher education, and the conversation often generates new and interesting perspectives, debates, and research. Aiming at this question from a different vantage point, how do you think students define “good” advising, and what do you think they want and expect from advisers?

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