Academic Advising: A Comprehensive Handbook / Edition 2

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One of the challenges in higher education is helping students to achieve academic success while ensuring their personal and vocational needs are fulfilled. In this updated edition more than thirty experts offer their knowledge in what has become the most comprehensive, classic reference on academic advising. They explore the critical aspects of academic advising and provide insights for full-time advisors, counselors, and those who oversee student advising or have daily contact with advisors and students.

  • New chapters on advising administration and collaboration with other campus services
  • A new section on perspectives on advising including those of CEOs, CAOs (chief academic officers), and CSAOs (chief student affairs officers)
  • More emphasis on two-year colleges and the importance of research to the future of academic advising
  • New case studies demonstrate how advising practices have been put to use.
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Editorial Reviews

The National Academic Advising Association, or NACADA, is responsible for this group of 28 papers written by and for professionals whose job it is to guide students in their academic decision making. The handbook is arranged in sections on foundations, student diversity, organization and delivery of services, training and evaluation, and changes in the field. The contributions spell out accepted thinking and practices with regard to organizational models, the needs of various kinds of students, assessment instruments, and technological delivery systems, among other topics. Gordon has written extensively on advising, and Habley is associated with the American College Testing Center; both are affiliated with NACADA. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher
"This long overdue work succeeds in gathering under one cover the written thoughts of the very best minds in academic advising over the past twenty-five years. Its authors provide a powerful blAnding and balancing of both theory and practice. From novices to veterans, this handbook is the new bible for professional academic advisors." --John N. Gardner, senior fellow, National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina, Columbia

"It is indeed my pleasure to Andorse Academic Advising. This handbook provides advisors with one of the most comprehensive overviews of key concepts in academic advising by many of the best-known experts in advising. It is an absolute must for every advisor's professional collection!" --Manuel Ramos, president, National Academic Advising Association

"Academic advising represents a fundamental and integral part of the student experience and the mission of higher education. Therefore, it is with deep respect for the profession and with a strong belief that this collection of essays will provide a valuable tool for advisors and all others interested in the history and future of advising. This handbook is a must for your professional reading list." --Martha M. Garland, vice-provost and dean for undergraduate studies, The Ohio State University

"A great contribution to academic advising literature, Academic Advising explores various approaches and pedagogical models of advising. It is a very readable and informative resource for academic advisors." --Robert E. Glennen, president emeritus, Emporia State University, New Mexico

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470371701
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/6/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 295,221
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia N. Gordon is assistant dean emeritus and adjunct associate professor at The Ohio State University. She is author of Career Advising from Jossey-Bass.

Wesley R. Habley directs the American College Testing (ACT) Center for the Enhancement of Educational Practices in Iowa City, Iowa.

Thomas J. Grites is assistant to provost at the Richard Stockton of New Jersey in Pomona, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents



The Authors.


Introduction (Thomas J. Grites).

1. Historical Foundations of Academic Advising (Terry L. Kuhn).

2. Theoretical Foundations of Academic Advising (Peter L. Hagen and Peggy Jordan).

3. Ethical Foundations of Academic Advising (Marc Lowenstein).

4. Legal Foundations of Academic Advising (Mary M. Richard).

5. Advising for Student Success (George D. Kuh).

6. Advising as Teaching and Learning (Drew C. Appleby).

7. Advising for Career and Life Planning (Paul A. Gore, Jr., and A. J. Metz).


8. The Changing College Student (Kirsten Kennedy and Jennifer Crissman Ishler).

9. Moving into College (Mary Stuart Hunter and Leah Kendall).

10. Moving through College (George E. Steele and Melinda L. McDonald).

11. Moving on from College (Jennifer Bloom).

12. Students with Specifi c Advising Needs (Blane Harding).

13. Advising Students of Color and International Students (Evette Castillo Clark and Jane Kalionzes).


14. Vision, Mission, Goals, and Program Objectives for Academic Advising Programs (Susan M. Campbell).

15. Organization of Academic Advising Services (Margaret C. King).

16. Advising Delivery: Faculty Advising (Martha K. Hemwall).

17. Advising Delivery: Professional Advisors, Counselors, and Other Staff (Casey Self).

18. Advising Delivery: Group Strategies (Nancy S. King).

19. Advising Delivery: Using Technology (Michael J. Leonard).


Introduction (Wesley R. Habley).

20. Critical Concepts in Advisor Training and Development (Thomas Brown).

21. Tools and Resources for Advisors (Pat Folsom).

22. Delivering One-to-One Advising: Skills and Competencies (Rusty Fox).

23. Assessing Student Learning (John H. Schuh).

24. Assessing Advisor Effectiveness (Joe Cuseo).

25. Assessing the Effectiveness of the Advising Program (Wendy G. Troxel).

26. Recognition and Reward for Academic Advising in Theory and in Practice (Jayne K. Drake).


Introduction (Thomas J. Grites).

27. Campus Administrator Perspectives on Advising (James E. Bultman, Faye N. Vowell, Jocelyn Y. Harney, and John Smarrelli with Susan Ames).

28. Advising Administrator Perspectives on Advising (Kathy J. Davis, Dick Vallandingham, and Philip D. Christman).

29. Perspectives on the Future of Academic Advising (Thomas J. Grites, Virginia N. Gordon, and Wesley R. Habley).


Appendix A. National Academic Advising Association.

Concept of Academic Advising.

Appendix B. The Statement of Core Values of Academic Advising.

Appendix C. Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education Standards and Guidelines for Academic Advising.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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