Academic Advising Approaches: Strategies That Teach Students to Make the Most of College
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Strong academic advising has been found to be a key contributor to student persistence (Center for Public Education, 2012), and many are expected to play an advising role, including academic, career, and faculty advisors; counselors; tutors; and student affairs staff. Yet there is little training on how to do so. Various advising strategies exist, each of which has its own proponents.

To serve increasingly complex higher education institutions around the world and their diverse student cohorts, academic advisors must understand multiple advising approaches and adroitly adapt them to their own student populations. Academic Advising Approaches outlines a wide variety of proven advising practices and strategies that help students master the necessary skills to achieve their academic and career goals. This book embeds theoretical bases within practical explanations and examples advisors can use in answering fundamental questions such as:
  • What will make me a more effective advisor?
  • What can I do to enhance student success?
  • What conversations do I need to initiate with my colleagues to improve my unit, campus, and profession?

Linking theory with practice, Academic Advising Approaches provides an accessible reference useful to all who serve in an advising role. Based upon accepted theories within the social sciences and humanities, the approaches covered include those incorporating developmental, learning-centered, appreciative, proactive, strengths-based, Socratic, and hermeneutic advising as well as those featuring advising as teaching, motivational interviewing, self-authorship, and advising as coaching. All advocate relationship-building as a means to encourage students to take charge of their own academic, personal, and professional progress.

This book serves as the practice-based companion to Academic Advising: A Comprehensive Handbook, also from NACADA. Whereas the handbook addresses the concepts advisors and advising administrators need to know in order to build a success advising program, Academic Advising Approaches explains the delivery strategies successful advisors can use to help students make the most of their college experience.


Jayne K. Drake, Temple University, is past President of NACADA. Peggy Jordan, Oklahoma City Community College, is past Chair of NACADA's Publications Advisory Board and Two-Year Colleges Commission. Marsha A. Miller is NACADA's Assistant Director for Resources and Services.


Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii

The Editors xix

The Authors xxiii


Foundations of Academic Advising Practice

1 Advising Strategies to Support Student Learning Success: Linking Theory and Philosophy With Intentional Practice 3
Ezekiel Kimball and Susan M. Campbell

2 Advising as Teaching and the Advisor as Teacher in Theory and in Practice 17
Jayne K. Drake (Advising-as-teaching student scenario authored by Marsha A. Miller)

3 Learning-Centered Advising 33
Maura M. Reynolds

4 Developmental Academic Advising 45
Thomas J. Grites

Voices From the Field: So I’ve Been Thinking . . .O’Banion in Reverse 61
Patrick Cate


A New Light: Viewing the Practice of Academic Advising From Different Perspectives

5 Motivational Interviewing: Helping Advisors Initiate Change in Student Behaviors 67
Judy Hughey and Robert Pettay

6 Appreciative Advising 83
Jennifer L. Bloom, Bryant L. Hutson, and Ye He

Voices From the Field: Applying Appreciative Advising 101
Joseph Murray

7 Strengths-Based Advising 105
Laurie A. Schreiner

8 Academic Advising Informed by Self-authorship Theory 121
Janet K. Schulenberg

9 Proactive Advising 137
Jennifer Varney

Voices From the Field: Increasing First-Year Student Engagement Through Mid-year Self-reflections 155
Holly E. Martin

10 Advising as Coaching 159
Jeffrey McClellan


A New Lens: Applying Theories From Other Disciplines to the Practice of Academic Advising

11 The Application of Constructivism and Systems Theory to Academic Advising 179
Terry Musser and Frank Yoder

12 Socratic Advising 197
Janet M. Spence and Nora A. Scobie

13 Understanding and Interpretation: A Hermeneutic Approach to Advising 223
Sarah Champlin-Scharff and Peter L. Hagen


A New Path: Envisioning the Future of Academic Advising

14 Envisioning the Future 243
Marc Lowenstein

Name Index 259

Subject Index 265