Training Academic Advisors: Conceptual, Relational, & Informational Issues

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Training Academic Advisors: Conceptual, Relational, & Informational Issues
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In ACT’s most recent national survey of training for all types of advisors, training was rated as one of the least effective components of campus advising programs. Training for staff advisors was found to be lacking in both conceptual understanding and relational skills.  And, Brown (2008) found that most faculty advisors believed that they had inadequate training and preparation before beginning to advise.  

Effective academic advising is dependent on three critical components: comprehensive pre-service and ongoing in-service advisor development; assessment of the advising program and individual advisors; and recognition and reward for exemplary performance. Training is the initial component in this process.  Without setting expectations and offering skills training, there are no benchmarks for assessment.  And, without assessment there are no guideposts for improving.  All advisor development programs have common elements and are applicable to faculty, staff advisors, and counselors.

Objectives This session provides an overview of Conceptual, Relational, and Informational elements of comprehensive advisor development programs and considers how programs might be designed to meet the needs of advisors with differing levels of experience, willingness to participate, etc.  A theoretical context will be provided, but the focus will be on concrete, tangible examples and strategies for addressing issues that can produce more effective advisor development programs and academic advisors.

Who should attend?
  • Academic Affairs Administrators
  • Deans of Student Services
  • Enrollment Management Personnel
  • Directors of Advising
  • Advising Coordinators
  • Anyone interested in improving and assessing advising

Who is the speaker?
Thomas Brown -- a lifelong student and academic affairs educator with an impressive record of effectiveness in creating academic and student affairs programs that promote increased learning, achievement, and success. Tom served as Dean of Advising Services/Special Program at Saint Mary's College of California, was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), and was chairperson of the Prelaw Advisors National Council.

From 1988 to 2008, Tom developed and facilitated general session presentations on academic advisor development for the NACADA Summer Institute on Academic Advising. His most recent publications on professional development include: “Critical Concepts in Academic Advising” in The Academic Advising Handbook, Jossey Bass, 2008, and “Preparing Providers to Foster Student Success”, in Fostering Student Success in the Campus Community, 2008

Tom Brown's work is based on an integration of theories, research findings, and practical experience that makes a real difference for individuals and institutions. As a nationally recognized author and expert in retention, academic advising, promoting the success of at-risk students, international education, and diversity/inclusivity training, he has served as a consultant to more than 350 colleges and universities in the US and abroad. Tom is currently Managing Principal of a consulting network that assists campuses to increase student success, build inclusive communities, and manage change (

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