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ERIC Number: EJ1164575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0271-9517
Strengths-Based Advising Approaches: Benefits for First-Year Undergraduates
Soria, Krista M.; Laumer, Nicole L.; Morrow, Dale J.; Marttinen, Garrett
NACADA Journal, v37 n2 p55-65 2017
We explored the benefits of strengths-based academic advising approaches for first-year students (N = 1,228). We used propensity score matching techniques to create matched pairs of students who did and did not engage in strengths-based advising conversations with an advisor. First-year students who experienced strengths-based conversations had significantly higher rates of first-year retention and graduation in 4 years, levels of engagement, and academic self-efficacy than students who did not participate in these conversations. Focus groups of 21 advisors provided insights into strengths-based advising in 3 findings: strengths approaches facilitated advising relationships (thereby supporting students' engagement, retention, and graduation), enhanced students' self-awareness and confidence, and advanced advisors' own personal and professional development (thereby positively influencing student success).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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