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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

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Engaging First-Year Students in Academic Planning

Author(s): Johnson, M. L.

Editor(s): Fox, J. R., & Martin, H. E.

Citation: Johnson, M. L. (2017). Engaging First-Year Students in Academic Planning. In Fox, J. R., & Martin, H. E., Academic Advising and the First College Year (pp. 151-164). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.



This chapter provides an overview of how advisors can effectively encourage first-year students to take a more active role in planning their education and engaging in the advising process. One of the first methods for engaging first-year students provided involves developing competence and purpose, two of Chickering and Reisser’s (1993) vectors of psychological development. Furthermore, the idea of self-authorship is reinforced as an important outcome for college students. Helping students identify and participate in learning experiences like internships, undergraduate research, and service-learning can help to drive self-authorship. The author also discusses resources, such as learning management systems and e-portfolios, to support the academic planning process of first-year students.


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