We are all searching for ways to improve our academic advising skills and to increase student retention rates. Appreciative Advising harnesses the power of the organizational development theory of Appreciative Inquiry to help us optimize our students’ educational experiences.

Appreciative Advising is the intentional collaborative practice of asking positive, open-ended questions that help students optimize their educational experiences and achieve their dreams, goals, and potentials. It is perhaps the best example of a fully student-centered approach to student development. The great news is that it works!



Academic Advising Forum, April 2012

Amanda Cuevas presentation PDF

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GVSU Appreciative Advising Video Gallery

Debra Burg

Angela Caruso

Jeff Chamberlain

Katie Clark

Brianne Perez


Other Resources

Appreciative College Instruction: Becoming a Force for Positive Change in Student Success Courses (available through Amazon)

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