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Advisor Handbook

Advising as a Faculty Function

Concept of Advising:

Academic advising, based in the teaching and learning mission of higher education, is a series of intentional interactions with a curriculum, a pedagogy, and a set of student learning outcomes. Academic advising synthesizes and contextualizes students’ educational experiences within the frameworks of their aspirations, abilities and lives to extend learning beyond campus boundaries and timeframes.

 Concept of Academic Advising

 Advising as Teaching:

Lowenstein (2000) suggests that “an excellent advisor does the same for the student’s entire curriculum that the excellent teacher does for one course.” An advisor who shares this view…

  • Helps students put each part of the curriculum into perspective.

  • Compares and contrasts modes of thinking found amongst the various disciplines.

  • Helps students sequence their learning experiences to optimize their effectiveness.

  • Brings out interrelations among disciplines and modes of thought.

  • Helps the student pay attention to transferable skills being developed.

  • Helps the students focus on modes of learning that are being mastered and understand that intellectual growth involves mastering a variety of learning methods.

Research and Articles of Interest: