National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

The NACADA website is a rich resource for faculty advisors. A great place to start is to review the following three foundational documents: (1) Concept of Academic Advising, (2) Statement of Core Values, and (3) Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education: Standards and Guidelines for Academic Advising

Sound Bites for Sound Advising

from: Armstrong, C. and Heinz, H. (2006). Academic Advising Today, v. 29, no. 3.

Teachable Moments: Advising as Liberal Learning

from: Laff, N.S. (2006). Liberal Education, Spring, 2006.



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!


A. For an overview, visit:

B. Academic Advising Forum, April 2012 Amanda Cuevas presentation PDF

    Note: These materials are used with author permission for this presentation. All rights reserved. For personal use only, no further reproduction or publication allowed.

C. GVSU Appreciative Advising Video Gallery


The Appreciative Advising Revolution by Jennifer Bloom, 2008

Appreciative College Instruction: Becoming a Force for Positive Change in Student Success Courses by Jennifer Bloom, 2011


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