Academic advising manual : a tool for student success

In recent years, colleges and universities have attempted to increase the effectiveness of their educational programs in order to better assure student success. An integral tool that needs to be improved in the educational system of higher education is that of Academic Advisement (Sandor, 1984). Although, academic advising has existed for some time now, historically, it has never been used to its full potential. Frost (1980) states that this is due to "the often limited vision of the function of academic advising, and because of the resulting low value placed upon it by the institution in general, and the faculty, in particular" (pg. 56). Because of this need to make the full use of academic advisement as a tool for student success, I prepared a manual that contains the fundamental basics of academic advisement. This manual includes the importance of developmental advising, how to train faculty and student advisors, how to assess student needs, and how to make appropriate referrals. It demonstrates what a typical advising session covers, and how to develop a tracking, and follow-up program. Other important components of this manual include, how to deal with probation and disqualified students, the importance of getting to know the campus resources, tips for academic advisors, and common questions students ask.