Academic counseling/advising is more than registration, it’s about teaching essential skills to be successful.
One of the few activities on campus for students to engage in with a concerned and connected faculty is through the counseling and advising process (Hanley, W.R., 1981). The relationship and rapport that is built between a counselor and student can have lasting impacts on students personal, academic, and career success. The counseling or advising relationship is also essential to identifying at-risk students and helping them get back on track to achieving their goals. Quality counseling and advising is an interactive collaboration between student and counselor working towards specific goals set by the student. The goals are uncovered through the skilled professional work of a counselor or advisor.
Each member of the college plays an important role in facilitating student success and retention. My approach to working with students is rooted in developmental and solution or strength based approaches. I believe the counseling and advising process is another avenue of teaching students interpersonal skills, decision-making skills, self-advocacy, and independence. I believe helping students seek out solutions to what they want to achieve rather than focusing on negative problems of the past is important. Through these mentioned efforts I believe an effective counseling and advising department will contribute to higher retention and persistence rates and overall student success.
Hanley, W.R.. (1981). Academic Advisement: The critical ink in student retention. NASPA Journal, 19.