Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Advising Student Groups and Organizations

Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Review - Advising Student Groups and Organizations

Advising Student Groups and Organizations
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About the Book
The only manual for faculty and staff who work directly with student organizations

Advising Student Groups and Organizations is a one-of-a-kind book that equips faculty members and administrators to competently and confidently serve as advisers to clubs and other student groups. The second edition is here to help colleges and universities keep up with the skyrocketing number of student groups and shifts in the legal landscape. New chapters on crucial topics, updated case studies, and a full suite of practical resources simplify the process of navigating student organizations.

With Advising Student Groups and Organizations, educators can turn the chore of advising into a rewarding activity that benefits everyone. Challenges like student apathy, university politics, and budgetary restrictions can be overcome with the ideas and activities presented here. And in this fully updated edition, new chapters contain everything you need to know about:

Advising fraternities and sororities
Navigating laws such as FERPA, Title IX, and the Clery Act
Working with online distance students and using social media as an advising tool
Conflict mediation and training student advisors

You'll want to keep this guide handy so you can take advantage of tools like reflection questions, activities, checklists, and sample forms. Advising Student Groups and Organizations even covers the use of assessments such as True Colors and StrengthsFinder. Now you'll be able to cut through bureaucracy to make the student advising experience truly transformative.

My Take on the Book
For anyone that advises student organizations, this is a valuable resource that walks you through every step of the advising process. I love how thorough this book was and how willing the authors were to hold nothing back from the reader. The book was practical and easy to read, and I found myself marking pages as there was so much that I could practically put to use immediately. That is one of the best things about this book. This is a book you can easily pick up and just start using. One of the other things that was powerful about this book was how well it addresses some of the legal concerns that sometimes impact student groups. As any advisor knows, most times you are thrown into this role with no training or no idea what you are getting yourself into. This book aims at providing any advisor with the tools, resources and training needed to be an effective advocate for student organizations on campus!

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