Faculty Concept Pathway Model
The Total Intake Model
A holistic advising approach that embraces three primary advisor functions, as follows:
Informational Function: These are topics about which the advisor needs to be knowledgeable, including familiar items such as institutional rules and regulations, program and course offerings, and referral sources and services.
Conceptual Function: These topics encompass what the advisor needs to understand about the student and about the institution's advising environment. They include such subjects as the definition of advising, students' expectations of advising, and the rights and responsibilities of advisors and advisees.
Relational Function: These are behaviors that the advisor needs to demonstrate in order to be effective in advising students, including demonstrating an attitude of warmth and welcome, asking questions that invite students' involvement in discussion, and helping students use effective decision-making strategies.
Depending upon the anticipated outcome of a given advising session, one or more of the functions is likely to be dominant. Ideally, the functions overlap and, in the course of an advisor/advisee relationship, all three interactive patterns occur.
Gordon, V. & Habley, W. (2000). Academic Advising: A Comprehensive Handbook. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA.