Good relationships with faculty may be the most consistent factor in the retention of students, and good advisement is at the center of good faculty-student interaction. No one can overestimate the importance of faculty in each student’s time at Adelphi.
“Academic advising at Adelphi both challenges and supports students as they examine, determine, and work toward their educational and career goals. Each full-time member of the faculty holds a minimum of six office hours per week to serve the interests of students and to provide full and accurate academic advice. All undergraduates are required to consult with their advisors about their academic progress and to seek their approval for their academic plans.”
A fuller discussion of Academic Services approach to advising can be found at http://academics.adelphi.edu/asr/advising.php.
Graduate students are advised within their specific program.
To be effective academic advising has to be a collaborative effort by the advisor and advisee. Both need to be prepared for an advising session. The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) states:
“Academic advising is integral to fulfilling the teaching and learning mission of higher education. Through academic advising, students learn to become members of their higher education community, to think critically about their roles and responsibilities as students, and to prepare to be educated citizens of a democratic society and a global community. Academic advising engages students beyond their own world views, while acknowledging their individual characteristics, values, and motivations as they enter, move through, and exit the institution. Regardless of the diversity of our institutions, our students, our advisors, and our organizational structures, academic advising has three components: curriculum (what advising deals with), pedagogy (how advising does what it does), and student learning outcomes (the result of academic advising).” (http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Clearinghouse/AdvisingIssues/
Faculty advising is also critical for several mundane reasons:
- students need to be guided in requirements;
- students need academic advice for specific problem situations;
- students need help with developmental needs around career goals.
It is also the advisor’s role to help their students understand the value of good advising.
Good advising consists of several components and getting to know your advisee allows an advisor to address them. Understanding the students’ objectives and career goals can help the advisor choose the right approach to each advisee. In the end the student has to make the choices, but those choices should be informed by good counsel. Adelphi University subscribes to the Core Values of Advising promulgated by NACADA. These can be found at http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Clearinghouse/AdvisingIssues/Core-Values.htm.
In working with students as advisors and mentors, faculty can find important and rewarding relationships that enhance both the academic and personal life of students at Adelphi. This Academic Advisement Handbook for Faculty is intended as a resource to help you in this endeavor.