Academic Advising: Teaching Our Students to Be Independent Learners ~~~~~. Charlie L. Nutt, Ed. D. National Academic Advising Association Associate Director Kansas State University [email protected]
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Teaching Our Students to Be Independent Learners
Charlie L. Nutt, Ed. D.
National Academic Advising Association
Kansas State University
People will forget what you say. They will even forget what you do. But they never forget how you made them feel
“Good advising may be the single most underestimated characteristic of a successful college experience.”
Richard LightMaking the Most of College (2001)
“Advising is viewed as a way to connect students to the campus and help them feel that someone is looking out for them.”
Student Success in College (2005)
“Advisors are interpreters who help students navigate their new world. As such, academic advisors have to make connections.”
2005 Summer Institute on Academic Advising
Key Issues in Higher Education Globally
Dec. 2004 – Pell Institute Study – What Institutions With Higher Than Expected Graduate Rates Have In Common:
July 2004 – Pell Institute Study
Institutions Focused on Student Retention and Persistence:
Advising that contributes to the teaching and learning mission of the institution:
Is a student-centered process
Facilitates behavioral awareness and problem-solving, decision-making and evaluation skills
Encourages both short-term and long-term goal-setting
Makes the students feel that they “matter”
Stresses the shared responsibility between the student and the advisor, with an emphasis on the advisor helping the students to make decisions for themselves and teaching them the skills and knowledge they need make decisions and be successful.
The questions we raise, the perceptions we share, the resources we suggest, the short-term decisions and long-range decisions we help them think through, all should aim to increase their capacity to take charge of their future.