Minimum Definition of Practice
Academic advising is a proactive and collaborative relationship between the student and the advisor that promotes teaching and learning. Advisors will assist students to identify and cultivate their strengths while recognizing and addressing barriers to student success.
The engagement is student-centered with an intentional focus on building a positive rapport, fostering inclusion, and providing an equitable experience with all students. Through informed decision making, and a dynamic process of mutual discovery and self-determination, advisors guide students through curricular pathways toward the successful completion of academic and career goals while encouraging lifelong learning. “Advising is not merely providing advice. Rather, advising is a helping [and reciprocal] relationship between two people" (Schuh, John H., Jones, Susan R., Harper, Shaun R., and Associates (Eds.), 2011).