Success Strategies: CalSouthern’s Approach to Academic Advising

Sep 13, 2015 by Toby Spiegel

Academic advising at California Southern University is an integral part of the educational experience. Academic advisors enhance the academic experience by providing personalized support for learners and facilitating a collaborative environment for learners to achieve their academic and professional goals. Advisors promote a standard of academic integrity and an appreciation of diversity.

Do you know your institution’s definition of academic advising?

Few factors in students’ post-secondary experiences have as much potential for influencing their development as does academic advising. Through regular contact with students, whether in person, via mail, over the telephone, or through computer-mediated systems, advisors gain meaningful insights into the academic, social, and personal experiences and needs of students. According to the National Academic Advising Association’s Statement of Core Values, advisors must use these insights to help students feel part of the academic community, develop sound academic and career goals, and ultimately, be successful.

Academic advisors here at Calsouthern have an eclectic approach to advising; however, we focus primarily on prescriptive and developmental advising. The prescriptive approach ensures that advisors make learners aware of the university requirements and the requirements of their specific degree program.

Developmental advising is a decision-making process by which students realize their educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an advisor. Anticipating the students’ needs is a crucial component of effective advising. Students are often unaware of what they don’t know and, therefore, unable to ask questions that will move them forward and help them avoid future obstacles.

Advising is more than just an administrative function at CalSouthern. It involves developing a relationship that promotes your academic success and encourages engagement with the university.

 

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