What is strengths-based advising?
Strengths-based advising is a strategy in which an academic advisor, in a one-on-one relationship with a student, explores with the student the behaviors, thoughts, attitudes, motivations and beliefs that enable the student to be most effective.
A "strength" is a specific quality that enables a person to do certain things very well (Anderson, 2001). Focusing on the development of these strengths increases student motivation, provides students with a strong foundation for overcoming obstacles to success, and enables students to reach levels of personal excellence.
Building on strengths produces excellence:
(Edward C. Anderson, 2001)
For more specific strategies on strengths-based advising, Academic Advising for Student Success and Retention is highly recommended. To review this video training series, go to http://www.noellevitz.com/ret_advising.asp.