The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) offers this summary of a definition of advising:
Academic advising, based in the teaching and learning mission of higher education, is a series of intentional interactions with a curriculum, a pedagogy, and a set of student learning outcomes. Academic advising synthesizes and contextualizes students’ educational experiences within the frameworks of their aspirations, abilities and lives to extend learning beyond campus boundaries and timeframes. ***
*** National Academic Advising Association. (2006). NACADA concept of academic advising. Retrieved 11/2/2009 from http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Clearinghouse/AdvisingIssues/Concept-Advising.htm
The NACADA Core Values Declaration (2005) lists these values to advising:
1) Advisors are responsible to the individuals they advise.
2) Advisors are responsible for involving others, when appropriate, in the advising process.
3) Advisors are responsible to their institutions.
4) Advisors are responsible to higher education.
5) Advisors are responsible to their educational community.
6) Advisors are responsible for their professional practices and for themselves personally.
View the complete NACADA Core Values Declaration for a fuller discussion of these values. See also the Introduction and Exposition portions of the statement of core values of academic advising from NACADA.
Faculty advisors working with online courses may wish to view the NACADA standards for advising distance learners.
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