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The Center for Student Success

Academic advising plays a major role in student academic success and retention. We encourage you as faculty advisors to use this page to nurture student success in class and in their career. Engaged, knowledgeable academic advising is critical to every student’s success. Advising should consist of a continuous conversation between the student and his/her advisor, not merely sporadic sessions for choosing what courses to take. When done well, academic advising aids every student to plan and implement a program of study consistent with his/her goals, interests, and strengths.

Appreciative Advising

The Center for Student Success has implemented appreciative advising as a philosophical approach to our work. 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.

The centerpiece of Appreciative Advising are the six phases, which are listed below:

Appreiciative advising cycles

For more infomration and resources on Appreciative Advising and the six phases, please visit:

Identifying advisees in your caseload and communicating with them from Connect

Your assigned academic advisees can be identified by accessing  your advisee list in Connect, which you can use to communicate with them and identify any academic issues they might be experiencing.