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Using Systems Theory to Understand the Identity of Academic Advising: A Case Study

Bridgen, Sean (2017) Using Systems Theory to Understand the Identity of Academic Advising: A Case Study. NACADA Journal, 37 (2). 9 - 20. ISSN 0271-9517

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<jats:p>For decades, advising practitioners and scholars have worked toward developing an identity for advising as a unique field of scholarly inquiry and practice. To date, the identity crisis in advising remains. This study presents an examination and description of the function, purpose, and identity of a university advising system through comparisons of ideals espoused by advisors and administrators with practice. Based on systems theory as a framework, this study shows that the identity of academic advising can be misunderstood because of systemic issues. Addressing systemic flaws may help clarify the identity of academic advising within a specific system and possibly the field as a whole.</jats:p>


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bridgen, SeanBRIDGEN@pitt.eduBRIDGEN0000-0002-7545-7799
Date: 1 January 2017
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: NACADA Journal
Volume: 37
Number: 2
Publisher: National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
Page Range: 9 - 20
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.12930/nacada-15-038
Schools and Programs: School of Computing and Information > Student Affairs
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0271-9517
Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 13:08
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2020 16:55


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