"A comprehensive, holistic approach to advising students has long been proven to help support and retain students (Habley, 1981; Nutt, 2003). Despite students' proclivity to expect immediate service and limit interactions with their advisors to "must haves," such as scheduling and registration, advisors can offer so much more to the students with whom they work. By strategically choosing the direction of the discussion, advisors can maximize the effectiveness of the advising session and its impact on the future decisions of the student." (Ohrablo, 2010, para. 8)
Academic advisors can play a critical role in the success of their students. By going beyond the administrative functions inherent in advising, advisors have the opportunity to positively impact student development, problem-solving, decision-making and resilience. Today, academic advisors are faced with increasing load of students, decreasing resources, and a seemingly never-ending parade of students that need their assistance. Students also expect immediate responses and answers to their queries.
Academic advising is a complex activity with diverse functions, subtleties and nuances. Academic advisors are faced with many challenges, including understanding and interpreting policies and procedures, performing detailed administrative duties, processing documents, and establishing productive advising relationships with their students. In addition to the technical skills and knowledge required of academic advisors, it is essential that advisors develop critical thinking and interpersonal skills in order to effectively assist their students in a proactive manner.
This session by expert speaker Sue Ohrablo summarizes the key components of a successful advising session. The components include assessment, anticipating students' needs, exploration of options, moving the student forward toward the resolution of their problems, and attainment of academic and career goals, and acknowledging preferences in communication style.
Who Should Attend
New and experienced academic advisors, advising administrators, faculty advisors, student support professionals, academic and student affairs professionals.
Dr. Sue Ohrablo Ed.D
Sue is a nationally recognized speaker in the areas of academic advising and student services. Her presentations blend theory and practice, and include real-world scenarios for professionals to apply as they work to support students. Sue's areas of expertise include comprehensive developmental advising, student engagem... More info