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Academic advising is a process-oriented and intentional relationship between advisor and student focused on the development of core personal, educational and career goals. Truly meaningful advisor interaction can enhance the quality of the undergraduate experience.

"Advising is the only structured activity on the campus in which all students have the opportunity for one-to-one interaction with a concerned representative of the institution."

-- Wes Habley - ACT Center for Enhancement of Educational Practices

ASU Advising Principles

Arkansas State University embraces two general principles regarding academic advising which serve as a guideline for departments and advisors as they develop and define their roles. These principles are not separate but are interdependent in nature.

Developmental Advising

Purposeful advising that helps students develop a perception of themselves and their relationship with the future that can manifest itself in appropriate short and long‐term goals. Developmental advising relationships are established through ongoing meaningful interactions that extend far beyond the context of scheduling classes. Advising sessions are viewed as sequential, goal‐oriented steps.

Developmental advising sometimes requires intrusive measures. Effective advisors recognize that students are often hesitant to seek help. Sometimes it is necessary for the advisor to be proactive and take the first step in the advising relationship.

Developmental advisors are sensitive to the developmental stages of the student and recognize when to guide the student and when to encourage self‐reliance.

Advising as an Extension of Teaching

Extends the opportunity for faculty to apply their teaching skills in a one‐on‐one setting. Similar to classroom application, advising encourages self‐reliance by helping students make informed decisions, set realistic goals, and apply critical thinking, learning and life management skills. Advisors who adopt a long‐term teaching approach to advising are rewarded by the long term success of their advisees.

Suggested Activity

Review your beliefs about students. What are the developmental tasks and identity issues of college students you see? How do students grow and change in complexity?


THE ACADEMIC ADVISING COUNCIL ON EXCELLENCE (AACE) is the Faculty Advisory Board for Academic Advising at ASU.  This committee is made up of faculty representatives from colleges and departments on our campus. 

AACE Mission Statement:

To support the role of academic advising at Arkansas State University through investigation of academic advising practices, dissemination of timely and accurate information and promotion of advising processes, relationships and general philosophy.

Council Member Objectives:

  • Investigate the effectiveness of the advising practices

  • Disseminate timely and appropriate information from represented department to council members.

  • Bring forth suggestions regarding academic advising concerns, topics of interest and other.

  • Critique and update advisor handbook and website annually.

  • Suggest advisor training strategies and initiatives.


THE ARKANSAS ACADEMIC ADVISING NETWORK  (ArkAAN) is an association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, and administrators working to enhance the educational development of students and the advising profession. Our purpose is to raise the level of recognition of academic advising as a profession and promote the professional development of academic advisors in higher education in Arkansas.

Learn about ArkAAN . . .

The NATIONAL ACADEMIC ADVISING ASSOCIATION (NACADA), promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through numerous activities and publications. NACADA also serves as an advocate for effective academic advising by providing a Consulting and Speaker Service, an Awards Program, and funding for Research related to academic advising. 

Visit the NACADA website . . .