The Role of the Academic Advisor in the First Year
Author(s): Damminger, J., & Rakes, M.
Editor(s): Fox, J. R., & Martin, H. E.
Citation: Damminger, J., & Rakes, M. (2017). The Role of the Academic Advisor in the First Year. In Fox, J. R., & Martin, H. E., Academic Advising and the First College Year (pp. 19-44). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.
Academic advisors assist first-year students in successfully navigating their college transition. This chapter defines first-year advising and its role as an important component of student success. Additionally, it highlights the responsibilities of students and advisors alike while highlighting effective approaches for creating educational plans. The importance of advisors demonstrating proficiency in informational, conceptual, and relational skills using sound advising theory is highlighted, as each student presents a unique perspective and background. In recognizing this, advisors are able to increase their own knowledge and proficiency in serving students.