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Academic Advising

Academic Advising

“Once almost exclusively a faculty function, today academic advising has come forward as a specialization within the higher education community. While remaining a role that faculty members play, academic advising has emerged as an area of expertise in and of itself.”1

Kansas State University offers two online academic advising graduate programs, developed in consultation with the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

Kansas State University’s academic advising graduate programs are designed for practicing academic advisors, administrators, faculty, and future professional advisors seeking to enhance their knowledge and ability to work effectively with college students in their academic and career planning.

The graduate programs provide a coherently structured set of courses for professional education. They emphasize the need to recognize the contributions of diversity, theory, practice, and research to professional advising. Specifically, the advising graduate programs’ mission is to prepare advisors to contribute to college student development and learning through the use of a comprehensive theory-driven and research-guided advising practice.

“I was absolutely amazed at the information I learned.” – Patty Pedersen, Master’s Degree and Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising

Read what students are saying about the K-State Academic Advising graduate programs.

Exploring the Field of Academic Advising

For more information about academic advising, a good place to start is the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) website. NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through numerous activities and publications. A specific article that may be of interest is How to Become an Academic Advisor by Adrienne Bishop McMahan, Assistant Dean, University of Kentucky.

Employment Opportunities

Educational requirements for academic advising positions differ by institution and region. Students should contact potential employers to learn what they are looking for when hiring academic advisors. NACADA provides a list of academic advising openings by region:

1."What is Academic Advising? NACADA Pocket Guide, PG01, 2006"