Creighton University

Touch Base with Advisees

Touch base with your advisees frequently. Do not wait for advisees to initiate contact. Students often feel intimidated by faculty. Many students’ academic performance declines, or they discontinue college altogether, because they feel disconnected from peers, professors and administrators at the institution. Connectedness is strongly contextual and developed implicitly, often through apparently insignificant informal interactions.

Harper, S.R. & Quaye, S.J. (2009). Beyond sameness, with engagement and outcomes for all. In S.R. Harper & S.J. Quaye (Eds.), Student engagement in higher education: Theoretical perspectives and practical approaches for diverse populations (pp. 1-16). New York: Routledge.