Academic Advising

Advising in the Liberal Arts context in Asia involves a distinct interpersonal relationship that helps develop our students for academic excellence and civic engagement. Below is a list of resources you can consult to learn about evidence-based best practice in our context at Yale-NUS College.
  • The Yale-NUS College Faculty Portal has additional information and forms for faculty members with advisees to consult including information on absences, assistant dean (AD) notes, and medical certificates.
  • CIPE maintains resources for faculty on how to write effective recommendation letters for internships, study abroad, fellowships and graduate schools.
  • The Counselling Centre provides assistance to students with needs beyond academic advising as it pertains to their well-being.
  • Faculty members seeking information on Learning Accommodations can review student policies here on the CTL website or within the Faculty Portal.

Foundational Works:

  •  A Developmental View of Academic Advising as Teaching (1994) by Burns B. Crookston.
      This article discusses two types of relationships in academic advising: prescriptive, whereby the relationship is founded on the advisor’s authority to “give answers”, and developmental, whereby both parties engage developmental tasks that result in varying degrees of learning. The article enumerates 10 dimensions of the relationship between the academic advisor and the student, contrasting prescriptive and developmental approaches to advising for each dimension.

  • An Academic Advising Model (1972) by Terry O’Banion
      This article proposes a model with a logical sequence to be followed in the academic advising process.

General Advice:

  • Teaching in Transnational Higher Education: Enhancing Learning for Offshore International Students (2008) by Lee Dunn and Michelle Wallace.
      This book provides theoretical perspectives and practical guidelines for professionals involved in the delivery of programs for transnational students. It focuses on the current and emerging issues in transnational teaching and learning, discussing the implications for learners in transnational higher education.
  •  Academic Advising: A Comprehensive Handbook (2008) by Virginia Gordon, Wesley R. Habley, and Thomas J. Grites.
      This book provides comprehensive overviews of key concepts in academic advising with more than thirty experts sharing their wisdom and experience from the field.
  • Beyond Foundations: Developing as a Master Academic Advisor (2016) by Thomas J. Grites, Marsha A. Miller, and Julie Givans Voller.
      This book is a core resource that gives practitioners insight into important issues affecting academic advising. It synthesizes the most recent knowledge and attitudes about the rapidly changing world of higher education and shares case studies that illustrate the various roles advisors should play in order to be successful.

  • Successful Research Supervision: Advising students doing research (2011) by Anne Lee.
      This book is a guide on research supervision, full of exercises to identify supervisors’ individual strengths and weaknesses. This book also provides theoretically-sound advice and examples of best practices from established scientists, social scientists and humanities supervisors from the UK and the USA
  • Academic advising: does it really impact student success? (2013) by Adena D. Young-Jones, Tracie D. Burt, Stephanie Dixon and Melissa J. Hawthorne.
      This article gives six factors that are crucial to academic advising – advisor accountability, advisor empowerment, student responsibility, student self-efficacy, student study skills, and perceived support.

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International Students:

Technology and Academic Advising:


Current Practices of Singaporean Universities and other Asian Liberal Arts Colleges


Last updated: 30 December 2020.