ERIC Number: ED202411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Improving Academic Advising. IDEA Paper No. 3.
Grites, Thomas J.
Suggestions for faculty who are attempting to improve their advising skills without the benefit of a formal program are offered. Good advisement is always a process composed of timely responses in areas relevant to student education. The scope of advising may encompass the following: describe the intent of the general or liberal arts part of the undergraduate curriculum for the advisee; communicate the rationale for institutional and/or departmental requirements, policies, and procedures encountered in the advising process (i.e., grading policies, endorsement of schedules); analyze the student's study skills/habits, especially when difficulties with a course are indicated; question the course selections and other choices of students (e.g., determine the reasons why certain courses are chosen); determine the involvement of advisees in other campus activities; explore the advisee's career choice and suggest alternative careers if appropriate; explore graduate school expectations and choices with the student; and assist students with course selection. Strategies that advisors can use to allow sufficient coverage of all areas of advising are as follows: develop a checklist, calendar, or syllabus for advising; use contracts with advisees (i.e., a student outlines a degree plan); use groups when appropriate to economize advising time; use other students as advisor helpers; encourage student self-advisement; and share information, skills, and techniques with other advisors. There are also a multitude of techniques that may help an advisor work more effectively with advisees. These are grouped under three skill headings: informing, communicating, and helping. Among the suggestions are to insure having accurate information about academic programs, listen carefully and use open-ended questions, and respect the advisee. (SW)
Descriptors: College Students, Communication Skills, Counseling Objectives, Courses, Educational Counseling, Educational Objectives, Faculty Advisers, Graduate Study, Helping Relationship, Higher Education, Performance Contracts, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Study Habits, Undergraduate Study
Kansas State University, Center for Faculty Evaluation and Development, 1627 Anderson Ave., Box 3000, Manhattan, KS 66502.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Center for Faculty Evaluation and Development in Higher Education.
Note: Not available in paper copy due to poor reproducibility.