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Yonker, Julie E.; Hebread, Dana; Cawley, Brian D. – NACADA Journal, 2019
Faculty members take on the role of primary advisors on many small campuses. Many report feeling underprepared for the advising role. Assessment of academic advising can raise the awareness and perceived importance of advising and provide helpful feedback for practitioners. We developed a 14-item online advising assessment used to evaluate four…
Descriptors: Faculty Advisers, Academic Advising, Faculty Development, Student Surveys
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Kraft-Terry, Stephanie; Kau, Cheri – NACADA Journal, 2019
Creating advising curricula through backward design ensures that learning objectives remain central to the process and enables those in advising units to design comprehensive assessment plans for continued curricular improvement. By incorporating measures to observe student learning directly, advisors can evaluate their curriculum objectively to…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Performance Based Assessment, Academic Advising, College Curriculum
Miller, Nathan; Greer, Katherine; Cozier, Lindsey; Whitener, Stephanie; Patton, Jerry; Koffarnus, Julie – NACADA Journal, 2019
Online courses are increasingly popular with students, and postsecondary institutions are increasing the availability of online courses and degrees. Continued improvements in the academic experience, including academic advising, for students attending online degree programs will be expected as more students take these courses. This article…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Online Courses, Academic Probation, College Students
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Halasz, Helen Mulhern; Bloom, Jennifer L. – NACADA Journal, 2019
More than 80% of college students switch degree programs, and students in selective majors, such as business and nursing, often face complex processes with serious implications when leaving such selective degree programs. Therefore, using qualitative, exploratory research, we sought to understand the resources, including support, situation,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students), Change, Coping
Brecht, April A.; Burnett, Dana D. – NACADA Journal, 2019
Stakeholders at institutions across the United States are continuously looking for ways to improve the academic success and retention of students. We used logistical regression in an examination of noncognitive, cognitive, and demographic factors as predictors of academic success and retention of Division I first-year student-athletes. The results…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Student Athletes, College Students, Academic Persistence
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McGill, Craig M. – NACADA Journal, 2019
Practitioners and scholars of academic advising have long grappled with the professional status of the field. To better understand the characteristics of professionalization and the obstacles that stand in the way of professionalizing the field, a structured review of the literature from 1980 to 2016 was conducted. Three characteristics of…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Professional Identity, Scholarship, Graduate Study
Lema, Joseph; Agrusa, Jerome – NACADA Journal, 2019
Augmenting academic advising in the era of smart cognitive computing technologies creates new dynamics of engagement that can help academic advising evolve toward a learning-centered paradigm. We examined the self-directed learning readiness of students selected through demographic variables. The results indicate that differences in employment…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Learning Readiness, Independent Study, Technology Uses in Education
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Pasquini, Laura A.; Eaton, Paul William – NACADA Journal, 2019
The #acadv Twitter chat is an organic, online community of higher education academic advising professionals. Using a longitudinal study, we explored the way a self-directed learning network sustains ongoing professional development and knowledge sharing by examining the archives of 203 structured online discussions. In mapping the chat topics to…
Descriptors: Social Media, Academic Advising, Professional Development, Communities of Practice
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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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