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Developmental Academic Advising

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Ender, Steven C., Grites, Thomas J., Miller,Theodore K., Winston Jr., Roger B., and Associates. Developmental Academic Advising. San Fransisco, CA: Jossey-Bass (1984).


This book brings together chapters written on different topics from different authors to create a comprehensive look at advising. There are two good reasons for someone interested in academic advising to pick up this book. One reason is that this is a veritable tome, with long chapters encompassing all of the major areas related to advising. Another reason is that the book, though it is by no means new (it dates over 20 years back), covers topics that other collections do not.


One of the more interesting chapters involves the practical dimensions of running an advisement program, including staffing, budgeting, etc. While this is definitely a more pressing concern for generic advising, department chairs can gain insight into delegating advising resources and how to best utilize their faculty.


Another interesting chapter takes case studies of successful advising programs and explains why they are/have been effective. While the challenges of advising have changed since the book was written (not to mention the situation at these specific programs), a lot of use can be gleaned from reading the case studies and comparing them to each other. If something has worked in multiple places, there is probably a good reason for it.


Aside from those chapters, much of the rest of the book is less relevant to contemporary advising challenges. Little effort is put specifically into diversity issues, which are fundamental today. Also, a lot of the book is structured to appeal to professional advising programs and less is applicable to faculty advising.


Still, though the book may lack relevance, the historical narrative of how things of changed is not unhelpful in itself. By looking at contemporary challenges through the lens of past challenges, current issues can be placed in better context. And, given that some of the writers from this collection are still writing today, comparing how their particular approaches have changed is instructive.


Created by Daniel Feuer (12/10/08)


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