OL 3800.01 Excellence in Academic Advising, 2024

  • 01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024

This course examines the foundations of academic advising as essential components of student success and retention in higher education. Topics include the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of academic advising; the Penn State curriculum and student record systems; advising skills, including advising diverse student populations; the legal and ethical issues in academic advising; and advising technology at Penn State.

Course Objectives

The objectives for this course are grounded in the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Core Competencies. After taking this course, you should be conversant in the following:

  • conceptual components of components of academic advising, including
  • the history and role of academic advising in higher education and
  • academic advising approaches and strategies;
  • informational components of academic advising, including
  • the history, mission, vision, values, and culture specific to Penn State;
  • General Education requirements at Penn State;
  • ethical issues in advising;
  • FERPA guidelines;
  • campus resources that promote student success; and
  • technology used to communicate with students and instructors; and
  • the relational components of academic advising, including
  • effective communication with students,
  • articulating a personal advising philosophy, and
  • an approach to advising as teaching, which facilitates student problem-solving, decision-making, planning and goal setting.
  • Number: OL 3800.01
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  • Mode: Self-guided
  • Duration: 60 days
  • Time Commitment: 4-6 hours