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Auguste, Elizabeth; Packard, Becky Wai-Ling; Keep, Alexandra – NACADA Journal, 2018
Nontraditional women students, defined as older than 24 years, parents, or veterans, compose a fast-growing higher education population. Many face identity-related challenges when interacting with advisors. From 2 northeastern U.S. women's colleges, 42 nontraditional women students participated in phenomenological interviews focused on their…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Females, Student Experience, Academic Advising
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Mann, Nichole – NACADA Journal, 2018
The critical thinking process of professional reasoning underlies academic advising practice. Although an essential component to effective advising, professional reasoning is rarely explicitly taught. Tenets of clinical judgment models routinely applied to the development of reasoning in health professionals, specifically clinical competence and…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Clinical Diagnosis, Critical Thinking, Faculty Development
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Yang, Yang; Briggs, Kelly; Avalos, Sandra; Anderson, Christina M. – NACADA Journal, 2018
In this study, the difference in the number of initial credits between incoming transfer and first-year students entering a land grant university in a professional education program was examined (N = 488). A multivariate analysis of variance revealed that transfer students transferred significantly more total credits and more credits that counted…
Descriptors: College Credits, College Transfer Students, Comparative Analysis, College Freshmen
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Cross, Lydia Karakolidis – NACADA Journal, 2018
As online education continues to expand across the nation and world, studies on online learners need to continually address student needs for and satisfaction with advising. However, to date, academic advising for online education has been explored rarely. Therefore, this quantitative study was conducted on graduate students' perceptions of…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Academic Advising, Electronic Learning, Faculty Advisers
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Dumke, Erika K.; Tyndall, Christy; Naff, David; Crowder, Anita; Cauley, Kathleen M. – NACADA Journal, 2018
Motivation and psychological characteristics play important roles in college student success. Upon matriculation, pre-health students must strive for academic success to present competitive profiles for health professions schools. In this qualitative study, 17 high-achieving, upper level pre-health students at a large, mid-Atlantic university…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Undergraduate Students
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Clark, Christina; Schwitzer, Alan; Paredes, Tisha; Grothaus, Tim – NACADA Journal, 2018
We examined first-semester adjustment among students in and out of an honors college because honors college participants receive relatively little attention in the advising literature. As expected, honors college students earned relatively high grades and were associated with high retention rates. Two noncognitive factors predicted these…
Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Student Adjustment, Academic Achievement, Academic Advising
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Larson, Joshua; Johnson, Anna; Aiken-Wisniewski, Sharon A.; Barkemeyer, Jason – NACADA Journal, 2018
Nearly 40 years after the creation of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and at least as many years after academic advising was recognized as a unique role in higher education, the term academic advising as applied to individuals who work in higher education has been only colloquially defined. Using the analytic induction research…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Higher Education, College Students, Faculty Advisers
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Glaessgen, Tracey A.; MacGregor, Cynthia J.; Cornelius-White, Jeffrey H. D.; Hornberger, Robert S.; Baumann, Denise M. – NACADA Journal, 2018
When they enter institutions of higher education, students typically leave behind one culture to join another. Despite the higher rates of attrition for first-generation students over continuing-generation students and undecided students over declared students, little research has been focused on undeclared first-generation students. To understand…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Student Adjustment, Focus Groups, Observation
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Sklar, Jeffrey C. – NACADA Journal, 2018
Students change their majors for various reasons, and academic advisors often assume the role of facilitating that change through institutional agreements or contracts. Therefore, advisors need to identify time periods during enrollment with the greatest likelihood that students will seek to change majors. They must also examine the student…
Descriptors: Change, Decision Making, Majors (Students), Student Characteristics
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Weintraub, Dayna S.; Sax, Linda J. – NACADA Journal, 2018
During a time of increasing parental engagement in the lives of college-going students, we examined how first-year students' perceived interaction with their parents predicted their academic performance. Data were collected from college students living in residential housing at a diverse and selective public research university in the western…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, College Freshmen, Parent Child Relationship, Academic Achievement
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Lee, Jasmine A. – NACADA Journal, 2018
The research presented describes the unique challenges of students from historically marginalized communities, particularly Black students, attending predominantly White institutions. Challenges include overt and covert campus racism, daily microaggressions, and limited or no sense of belonging. How are these challenges exacerbated when a…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Race, Academic Advising, College Students
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Harris, Twaina A. – NACADA Journal, 2018
Many academic support programs promote the academic success of first-year students, and research has shown the importance of effective academic advising to first-year student retention. Among the numerous approaches to academic advising, the strategy used by advisors at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) remains relatively…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Black Colleges, College Freshmen, African American Students
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Menke, Donna; Stuck, Shaunna; Ackerson, Sara – NACADA Journal, 2018
Through the Delphi method study, we sought to identify essential competencies for entry-level academic advisors. Three surveys were administered to academic advisors with 5 years or more working in the field. Results from 57 advisors who completed all 3 rounds of surveys indicated a wide range of competencies essential for entrylevel academic…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Advisers, Teacher Competencies, Delphi Technique
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McGill, Craig M. – NACADA Journal, 2018
Through the professionalization process, an occupation transforms into a profession. Although much scholarship has situated academic advising as a professional endeavor, in the past few years, the authors of two papers posited that advising is not a profession, a contention not shared by all within the advising community. Despite much scholarly…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Professional Recognition, Academic Advising, College Faculty
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McKenzie, Deborah; Tan, Tony Xing; Fletcher, Edward C.; Jackson-Williams, Andrea – NACADA Journal, 2017
We sought to determine whether receiving major re-selection (MRS) advising benefits undergraduate students' grade-point averages (GPAs). We used a quasi-experimental nonequivalent control group design to compare a treatment group (n = 219) of undergraduates who changed their majors after receiving MRS advising with a control group (n = 206) who…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Advising, Undergraduate Students, Grade Point Average
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