Ellie K Mulherin


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



Download Project (534 KB)


The purpose of this research was to study how academic advisors assist and advise students who have or are experiencing a crisis, by collecting best practices from advisors at two types of higher education institutions. To gain multiple perspectives, data was collected from a sample of six academic advisors with diversity in gender and race. Three participants were from the University of Dayton, a midsized private institution, and three were from Wright State University, a large public institution. The institutions serve distinct student populations; however, a consensus was evident about how students in crisis should be advised. A majority of the participants said that they feel a gap is present between academic and student affairs and would prefer more in-depth collaborations than merely individual relationship building. Based on these findings, I recommend that institutions should consider implementing workshops that help academic advisors give the appropriate response and advice to students in crisis

Publication Date


Project Designation

Course Project - Graduate

Primary Advisor

Savio D. Franco

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education and Human Services


Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences

Give Your Best Advice: Advising Students in Crisis