Advising and student support services are essential to students’ progress in college. Advising is often one of the only regular, structured, and focused touchpoints that institutions have with their students. When done well, advising has been proven to be one of the most significant determinants of students’ success. Strong advising environments can provide a safe space within higher education where students’ voices and motivations can be heard, personal stories can be shared, and campus climate issues can be unearthed, particularly for racially minoritized and poverty-affected students. Recently, the term holistic advising – looking at students through not only a purely academic lens, but rather as a whole person – has become a central design element in student support services.
Given institutions’ unique student populations, history, culture and context, advising looks different at each institution. The Advising Success Network believes that advising encompasses not only the advisor-advisee relationship, but also the advising office and reporting structure, advisor and student roles, faculty and staff pedagogies, and technologies.
The Advising Success Network also believes that all institutions should provide a more holistic student experience and address historical inequities for Black, Latino/a/x, Indigenous, Asian, and Pacific Islander students and poverty-affected students. Holistic advising redesign can help institutions identify, implement, and/or refine equitable, high-quality, and effective institutional practices.
HOLISTIC ADVISING AWARDS
NASPA presented this award to five (5) institutions.
Recipients received a $35,000 award plus a $3,000 travel stipend to attend the 2023 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education.
STUDENT CHOICE AWARD
Student Fellows presented this award to institutions that reflect a commitment to the inclusion of the student voices and perspectives.
Recipients received awards of $1,000 – $10,000.
- College of Lake County
- Muskingum University
- Nashville State Community College
- Northern Kentucky University
- Purdue University- Main Campus
- SUNY Schenectady County Community College
- Truckee Meadows Community College
Institutions must seek to understand their unique student populations and address assumptions and biases about students in advisor-student interactions, policies, and technologies. This may include implementing trainings and professional development opportunities to increase staff and faculty cultural competencies; auditing language, policies, and practices for equity-mindedness; identifying and addressing biases in predictive algorithms; and elevating student and advisor concerns and perspectives in decision-making processes.
Institutions must understand the lived experiences, talents, aspirations, and needs of their students and incorporate student voices and perspectives in the design of activities to create a campus-wide, leadership-supported ideal student advising experience.
Institutions must support a robust advising and student success agenda by creating and communicating organizational policies and practices that foster collaboration and alignment across functional units, providing needed resources, and offering high-quality professional development.
Institutions must provide advising that is strategic, sustained, integrated, proactive, and personalized in order to effectively support students’ personal, academic, and career plans.
Institutions must identify, adopt or develop, and integrate sustainable advising technologies aligned with their goals to scale high-quality practices.
Institutions should invest in structures and systems that prioritize the collection and analysis of high-quality, disaggregated data that is made available to appropriate stakeholders.
Institutions must encourage continuous improvement processes that reflect on qualitative and quantitative student-level data to ensure institutional policies and practices provide equitable student supports.
Application Window: March 10 - 29, 2023
The application window is closed.
Thank you to the following advisors
- Silvia Patricia Rios Husain, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Success
University of South Carolina
- Jeannie Brown Leonard, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Student Success
Kansas State University
- Fai Howard, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Transition & Academic Growth
Undergraduate Studies, Student Success
University of South Florida
- Mei-Yen Ireland, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Karen Podsiadly
Director, Student Union, Leadership, and Activities,
Adjunct Lecturer, African & African-American Studies
- Hoori Santikian Kalamkarian, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center
- Jhenai Chandler, Ph.D.
Director of College Completion
The Institute for College Access & Success
- Laurie Fladd, Ph.D.
Director Holistic Student Supports
Achieving the Dream
- F. Janelle Hannah Jefferson, Ph.D
NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising