Three Ways Advising Has Evolved
Across the nation, institutions are working to get to know their students better - to learn in detail what students’ daily lives are like. Are they hungry or housing insecure? Are they the first-generation students? What are their academic, career and financial goals? As institutions work toward their completion agendas, they are moving away from understanding academic advising solely as an academic transaction. At the same time, the field of faculty and primary-role advisors continue to push for comprehensive wraparound services that frame and respond to student needs holistically. This shift requires institution-wide reflection on the current student experience from recruitment through graduation, change and leadership management and the strategic use of technology. Academic advising is one of the most impactful levers in this landscape, where 6-year graduation rates for full-time students hover at 55% (Tyton, 2015). NASPA is developing and managing a network of leading organizations to help institutions redesign their academic advising practices to ensure equitable outcomes for all students.
In this guest post, two experts from NACADA – The Global Community for Academic Advising and Achieving the Dream have provided insight on the beneficial ways the academic advising field has evolved over time and the most prevalent challenges. Dr. Jennifer Joslin is the Associate Director for Content Development at NACADA, and Dr. Mei-Yen Ireland is the Executive Director of Holistic Student Supports at Achieving the Dream. In what follows, they describe three continuing shifts in the field and the persistent challenges institutions face when engaging in advising redesign.
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Don’t let the deadline pass you by! Place a nominate for one of the four awards listed below – the process is minimal. This is a special occasion to acknowledge friends and colleagues in such a big way. Selected recipients will be recognized at the 2019 NASPA Conference in Los Angeles, March 9 - 13.
Reflections on #RealCollege
Nearly 550 participants gathered at #RealCollege: A National Convening on Food and Housing Insecurity in September 2018 hosted by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. #RealCollege provided an opportunity for practitioners, researchers, students, policymakers, and activists to discuss policies and programs to foster change across higher education in support of students with basic needs insecurity. These passionate, engaged, and collaborative people came together to discuss some of the many challenges students face and to take an honest look at the reality of college today, sharing insight into what has been successful and what is being discussed at a variety of institutions. In this post, NASPA director of strategic initiatives Amy Geist reflects on her experience at #RealCollege.
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