Essay Contest Winner: Mari Burns

Getting on the same page with your students. It was 10 days before the start of the school year.  I was in my office taking advantage of silent hallways and quiet dorms to prepare for the upcoming semester when a knock came upon my door.  One of my advisees, a student-athlete, and his wife were on campus meeting with his wrestling coach to make sure ... Read more

Essay Contest Winner: Steven Estes

Fighting for Others, Fighting Together My colleagues probably thought I was out of my mind, but five years ago, I stood up for an under-prepared and under-performing student during dismissal review with the expectation that she would raise her GPA during a summer enrollment.  Both eyebrows and questions were raised as my director and fellow advisors pointed=out that the few grades she earned higher than ... Read more

ICYMI: eLearning is growing — and why you should care

ICYMI: eLearning is growing — and why you should care eLearning is not just for education anymore - the term was first coined at a CBT seminar in 1999, and has since been used in areas of professional development, personal development, and - yes - education. EdTech Magazine recently published a great infographic with stats you may not know about eLearning. Here is a snippet (but ... Read more

UC Berkeley Geography Program Starts School Trend With Real-Time Student Support

UC Berkeley Geography Program Starts School Trend With Real-Time Student Support Cranium Cafe today announced that UC Berkeley's Geography Program has launched Cranium Cafe to better connect with students.  The Cranium Cafe platform enriches learning by offering students a way to meet virtually with advisors, instructors, and tech support. Marjorie Ensor, Academic Advisor and recent winner of a major NACADA award, learned about Cranium Cafe at a ... Read more

Developing Self-Efficacy: The True Role of Higher Education

Developing Self-Efficacy: The True Role of Higher Education Browsing higher education hashtags this weekend, I came across a poignant tweet by Patrick Elliot (@Patrick_MIM): “As #highered we must do a better job of helping our learners turn their credentials into opportunities.” I’ve heard this over and over from my friends, classmates, and colleagues: we learn so much during our four, six, eight years of our college ... Read more

A Student’s Open Letter to Academic Advisors

A Student's Open Letter to Academic Advisors To all the academic advisors out there – let’s discuss advising. Specifically, how to get students excited about and engaged in advising throughout their college experience. The thing is: I want to engage. I want to be challenged. But so far, I haven’t followed the traditional advising path. As an undergraduate, I rarely connected with my formal advisors. (In fact, ... Read more
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