Advising “Difficult” Students Online: Challenges & Opportunities In The New Normal
Students who are anxious, aggressive, rude, unresponsive, or just generally unpleasant can be very challenging – especially now that so much advising is being conducted remotely. There are many reasons students may not be responsive to their assigned academic advisor, and it is important that advisors not take these counterproductive behaviors as a personal assault on their competence or integrity. Still, most of these “difficult” students need the advice of a professional to help them negotiate the collegiate experience.
Participants will learn how to be more effective when advising “difficult” students, i.e., those who present unique challenges for academic advisors in an online environment. In most instances, these students can benefit from the assistance they need, but they require special attention. And providing this attention online can be especially tricky. This webinar will provide academic advisors with the tools they need to help these students achieve their educational and life goals.
“We are in a period of unprecedented circumstances. Colleges across the country have pivoted from a typical spring term to fully remote staff, faculty, and students. As we begin to evaluate how to maintain or enhance service to students during this extraordinary time, technology will play a critical role in continuity of operations. More challenges lie ahead, and it has never been more important to maintain focus on what really matters: the success of our students.” - Christina Hubbard, Education Advisory Board
In this interactive webinar, we will explore the characteristics of “difficult” college students from a variety of perspectives, discuss the challenges inherent to this population, and how to overcome them in an online format, and provide evidence-based best practices for retaining these students to graduation. Many of these students, who often come across as unpleasant, seemingly unappreciative, rude, or even aggressive, can seem like they are not interested in being helped. More often than not, however, this is more of a symptom than a cause. Advisors can find it challenging to assist students who do not accept personal responsibility for their behavior and tend to blame others for anything that does not go according to their predetermined plan. These challenges are often magnified when interactions are confined to an electronic platform.
Understanding the underlying factors which impact student behavior is essential to helping “difficult” students achieve their full potential. But, as most advisors are acutely aware, awareness does not necessarily lead to action, especially when the process is conducted virtually. These students must be provided with strategies for redirecting their energy and efforts into a more positive and productive direction. Toward that end, we will also examine successful online advising programs and initiatives from across the nation that are currently being used to effectively and cost-efficiently meet the advising needs of these challenging students. As well as discuss how these programs and initiatives can be adapted to a variety of higher education environments. Equal emphasis will be placed on helping both the individual student and the institution achieve their mutually complementary objective: graduation and job placement.
- Review the general characteristics of “difficult” students, with an emphasis on their advising needs
- Assess and anticipate the evolving advising needs of challenging students concerning academic preparation, social integration, mental and emotional health considerations, and financial support – and how those needs have evolved since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic
- Demonstrate how “difficult” students’ needs can be met within the context of an online environment, where all interactions take place virtually
- Examine sources of student frustration and anxiety that many students experience daily, which can cause them to act in unproductive and unpleasant ways
- Identify the potential triggers that can precipitate, often unintentionally, negative (and aggressive) student behaviors
- Develop protocols for establishing expectations regarding acceptable student behavior in all interactions, including those that take place virtually, emphasizing the advising process
- Learn how to de-escalate counterproductively, and potentially even violent, advisor/student interactions
- Explore ways to enhance motivation toward achieving the desired student and advising outcomes by promoting student responsibility and accountability
- Dissect evidence-based best practices in coordinating comprehensive online intervention initiatives related to academic advising with “difficult” students
- Critique real-life examples of effective and ineffective ways of responding to the advising needs of “difficult” students using an online platform
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“The truth is, we can all be ‘difficult’ given the right set of circumstances. Academic advisors like to work with motivated students who are clear about their educational and life goals. Unfortunately, many students have a lot of anxiety about what the future holds and, depending on their personality and other factors, these apprehensions can lead to a very negative advising experience – an experience that can be amplified in an online environment. These students can be helped through virtual advising, but proficiency in responding to their needs requires a special set of competencies. During this webinar, we will discuss what those are and how to successfully employ them in a virtual advising session.”
Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Before joining the faculty in 1991, he spent 10 years in progressive administrative positions, including five years as the Associate Director of University Housing at WKU. He was also head of the department of Counseling and Student Affairs for five years before returning to the faculty full-time in 2008. Dr. Hughey has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Western Kentucky University, and Northern Illinois University. He has authored (or co-authored) over 70 refereed publications on a wide range of issues including leadership and student development, standardized testing, diversity, legal issues (including compliance), technology, and educational administration. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and consults extensively with companies and schools. He also provides training and professional development programs on a variety of topics centered on student success; successful academic advising with various populations is one of his specialties.
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