National Academic Advising definition
An ongoing and intentional teaching and learning practice that empowers the student in their learning and development process to explore, align and succeed in their personal, academic and career goals. This definition is based on NACADA`s conceptual framework which serves as the model for academic advisement globally. This model lays the foundation for the advising practice with three content components – conceptual, informational, and relational. An understanding of these content areas provides Academic Advisors the knowledge and skills they need to be effective guides for their students. Therefore, as a shared responsibility between the Academic Advisor and advisee, advising aims to maximise the students’ potential by facilitating a conceptual understanding, sharing relevant information and developing a relationship focused on promoting academic success. The envisaged result is that students have a meaningful academic experience while in higher education and feel a sense of belonging to the institution while maximising their potential to succeed.