Course Description

This course will introduce you to academic advising theories and best practices in higher education environments. Explore student development and learning models and their application in promoting student success, engagement and retention. Examine the context of higher education and issues facing advising professionals as they support and guide students in their academic careers.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Explain the role and value of student advising and services within college and university settings
  • Identify differing needs of students by stage of development, diversity, and personal characteristics as the student moves in, moves through and moves on from the college/university
  • Apply relevant student development, engagement and learning theories to improve and inform practice
  • Analyze strengths and weaknesses of various academic advising approaches and delivery modes
  • Create a personal plan for integrating effective advising practices, tools and resources in a professional setting


Topics of Instruction:

  • Definitions of academic advising and associated advising activities
  • Models of student development and post-secondary student experiences 
  • Shift from information driven prescriptive advising to holistic developmental advising 
  • Post-secondary learning advising and self-regulated learning
  • Contemporary approaches to advising, including proactive, appreciative, and engagement advising

Applies Towards the Following Program(s)

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Online Asynchronous
Sep 10, 2024 to Nov 04, 2024
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $549.00
Potential Price Adjustments
Reading List / Textbook
No textbook required. All readings will be provided in class.
Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Please note there are live sessions included in this course.  Dates and times to be confirmed.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students registered on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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