ERIC Number: ED441146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-12
Academic Advising Services for Women in Higher Education.
Reisinger, Wendy A.
Women in institutions of higher education who deserve special attention in advising situations include those with multiple responsibilities, those in under-represented fields, and reentry women. Factors that can help women be successful in an institutional setting are a supportive family and informal peer support groups. Stressors for women seem to be attached to their changing roles and conflicts with families. The advisor's role in assisting female students is to help them find resources that aid in the synthesis of their existing roles and their new roles as students and in the planning of educational programs that meet adults' short- and long-term needs. Female students in shared advising situations, as research indicates, receive six main benefits: (1) support; (2) cultivation of ideas; (3) inspiration; (4) divergent viewpoints; (5) reassurance; (6) help in defining and explaining ideas; and (7) getting encouragement and feedback from peers and the advisor at the same time. Four ways in which advisors can help female students prepare for accomplishment of course work have been identified: (1) encourage involvement in activities where female students may find mentors; (2) help students comprehend the process of progression to end goals; (3) refer students to appropriate help; and (4) assist students in learning to manage stress. (YLB)
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