Wayne State University

Advisor Training Curriculum

The Introduction to Academic Advising curriculum and other training sessions offered through the ATA were developed with our Advisor Training Goals and Learning Outcomes in mind, but also in adherence with NACADA’s five suggested components of effective advisor training:

  1. Conceptual – Understanding both the student as well as the role of advising, broadly and within the institution. Emphasis on student-development theories, the philosophy of advising, and institutional mission.
  2. Informational – The institutional and programmatic knowledge that advisors must know in order to advise students. These fall into institutional and federal laws, policies, procedures, and resources.
  3. Relational – The interpersonal and communication skills necessary to establish and maintain an effective advising relationship with students. Emphasis is on building rapport, listening skills, effective interviewing and problem solving skills.
  4. Technical – The knowledge and use of technology as it is used in the advising role.
  5. Personal – Advisor self-knowledge. Emphasis on self-awareness, regulation, and growth both personally and professionally.

The full Advisor Training Curriculum is meant to be experienced as an introduction to advising at Wayne State University for new advisors (advising 1 year or less), but is open to all WSU advisors (in part or as a whole) as refresher training. The full curriculum is offered twice a year and new advisors must complete all 6 modules plus the online "WSU Advising Tools" module for Level 1 Certification.