Appreciative Advising

Appreciative Advising


Appreciative Advising is the intentional collaborative practice of asking positive, open-ended questions that help students optimize their educational experiences and achieve their dreams, goals, and potentials.

Step 1: Disarm – Make a positive first impression with the student, build rapport, and create a safe, welcoming space.

Step 2: Discover – Ask positive open-ended questions that help advisers learn about students’ strengths, skills, and abilities.

Step 3: Dream – Inquire about students’ hopes and dreams for their futures.

Step 4: Design – Co-create a plan for making their dreams a reality.

Step 5: Deliver – The student delivers on the plan created during the Design phase and the adviser is available to encourage and support students.

Step 6: Don’t Settle – Advisers and students alike need to set their own internal bars of expectations high.

What a great example of a fully student-centered approach to student development. Be the change . . .


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