Essential Skills for Maximizing Advisor Effectiveness


May 31, 2017


Sue Ohrablo, Ed.D.

  1:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT | 10:00 AM PT | 60 Minutes

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Academic advisors are often inundated with tasks such as registration inquiries, updating records, and performing administrative duties. They are called upon to explain policies and procedures, provide deadlines, and complete forms. However, comprehensive academic advising goes far beyond completing forms and citing facts. In order to successfully advise students in an effective, holistic manner, advisors must integrate a variety of competencies into each advising session. By providing facts, teaching processes, using tools and resources, demonstrating compassion and applying critical thinking skills, advisors can maximize their effectiveness when working with students. Academic advisors can more effectively assist students in making informed decisions and developing sound academic plans when they approach advising in a comprehensive manner.

In this session, we will examine the essential competencies which contribute to advisor effectiveness. Advisors will learn ways to add value to their advising sessions by incorporating multiple skills and competencies into their process. Advising administrators will learn how to identify advisor proficiency levels and provide coaching regarding increasing competencies and improving effectiveness.

Session Highlights:

  • Discuss 5 levels of advisor competency and ways to improve the quality of advising
  • Identify the “5 I’s” of effective advising: informational, instructional, investigational, interpersonal, and integrative skills
  • Learn strategies for adding value to advising sessions, both online and in-person
  • Evaluate student/advisor interactions to identify advisor competency levels
  • Examine methods for combining skills to increase overall advisor competency

Key Benefits:

By using actual examples of student issues and advisor responses, participants will learn to identify the components of effective advising. 

Who Should Attend:

  • Academic Advisors
  • Student Success Specialists
  • Student Support Personnel
  • Student Affairs Personnel
  • Academic Advising Administrators
  • Student Success Administrators

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