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Advising Basics

Why Advise?

Advising gives you the opportunity to challenge students to:

  • make informed decisions
  • set short-and long-range educational goals
  • accept responsibility for their educational development
  • grow personally and academically

Advising is an opportunity to talk to students about:

  • life and career goals
  • lifestyles
  • values, interest, and abilities
  • learning styles, strengths, and limitations
  • decision-making skills
  • campus resources
  • your academic area

What is Developmental Advising?

Developmental advising...

  • is a process, not a paper and pencil activity
  • is concerned with human growth
  • is goal-related
  • requires establishment of caring interaction
  • uses all resources of the academic community


Enhancing Your Effectiveness as an Advisor

Enhance your effectiveness as an advisor by...

  • considering the advising relationship as an opportunity to teach students
  • beginning the advising relationship with a discussion of the broader reasons for advising
  • empowering students to make their own decisions
  • encouraging students to become involved with advising, academics, and co-curricular aspects of university life
  • collaborating with other departments, including student services, to improve advising
  • acquiring your advisee's College Student Inventory, and being familiar with the results


At Risk Factors

A student's MINDSET contributes to his/her academic success.

  • M - Motivation
  • I - Initiative
  • N - Navigation skills – navigate regulations and requirements of college to stay on track
  • D - Direction – short and long-term educational and career goals
  • S - Study skills
  • E - Expectations
  • T - Time Management

Six most common factors contributing to academic difficulty include:

  • Poor time management
  • Poor study skills
  • Lack of problem solving/coping skills
  • Employed too many hours
  • Inappropriate expectations of college
  • Lack of internal motivation


Students Changing Advisors

If a student wants to change advisors, the student must meet with the new advisor.  If the advisor agrees to accept the student as a new advisee, the new advisor must email the new advisee's name and Harding ID# to the Office of the Registrar requesting that the student become his/her new advisee.


Academic Advising


Student Center
Room 236

Box 10749
Searcy, AR 72149-5615