We Are All Academic Advising

Wanted to re-blog this for the benefit of my new caseload of advisees

Major Discoveries

Hi everyone,

I’m your academic advisor (duh?!). Yes, we put a hold on your registration to make you come talk with me about scheduling your classes. And yes, you and I will talk about your course choices and how you can best plan your schedule, but REGISTRATION IS NOT ADVISING! I’m sorry for yelling, I’s just very important that you (and perhaps more importantly, others who read this) understand that academic advising is about so much more than simply registering for classes.

There are tons of definitions of academic advising, ranging from sentences long to book length philosophical and practical discussions of what we do (that’s right, advising students is as old as American institutions of higher education and formal scholarly research on academic advising has conducted and published for decades http://tiny.cc/5xcclw). I’m not going to bore you with any of that, because the thing that supersedes all of…

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About Art

I've been a higher education professional for over 15 years and an Academic Advising administrator for the past eight of those. I have a background in exploratory student advising and have spent a great deal of time guiding students through contemplating their personal college-to-career pathways. I've published, presented, and consulted on the intersection of social media and academia and am a firm believer in social media's power as a tool for engagement rather than solely information delivery. I've worked at public and private institutions as well as 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. I believe in Academic Advising as a teaching and learning activity, that learner-centered education is the key to students' academic success, and that as long as we keep students' individual goals and success at the center of our decision-making process, the problem of college-level student attrition can be solved.
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