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INbrief
BOOK NOTES

The Handbook of International Student
Advising
By Nancy E. Young and Gary Althen
2013, Intercultural Interaction, LLC, 297 pages
Reviewed by Robin Catmur

A

s international student
advisers, we are
constantly looking for
the "right" answers to our students'
questions and needs. We look for
answers supported by statute and
regulation, and also by the adviser's
"bible"-the NAFSA Adviser's
Manual. Often, however, we are
faced with unclear government
guidance, murky regulations, and
inconsistent practices. In almost
20 years of working in the field of
academic immigration advising, I
have not found a better resource to
manage the increasingly complex
areas in which we work, than the
new edition of The Handbook of
International Student Advising.
This 2013 edition, revised by
Nancy Young, provides the new
and inexperienced adviser, as
well as the seasoned veteran, with
invaluable and contextual guidance.
With the restructuring of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
in 2003, the creation of the Student
and Exchange Visitor Program, and
the increased reporting and data
management demands placed on
designated school officals (DSOs)
and alternate responsible officers
(A/ROs), black and white, siloed
advising is no longer effective or humane. I have seen this constantly in
my service as a regulatory ombudsperson for NAFSA for many years,
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having been routinely asked
by colleagues for answers to
questions that have no right
or wrong response, even
though they are regulatory
in nature. Good examples
can be seen if we look at the
discussion threads common
on NAFSA's International
Student and Scholar discussion forums, where we see
such a broad range of viewpoints and practices-often
directly opposed to each other.
Navigating to the "right answer"
and the "compliant" practice seems
almost impossible at times. For any
adviser seeking to broaden his or
her comprehension of this confusing
continuum of regulatory and advising interpretations, the third edition
of this book is a critical tool.
From a deep exploration of the
internationalization setting in which
we and our international students
and scholars find ourselves, and
all the related implications for our
institutions, to an examination of nature and roles held by advisers, The
Handbook of International Student
Advising is both comprehensive
in scope and detailed in nuance.
Discussions of the required knowledge, skills and practices in which
advisers must hold competencies
give an unequalled perspective for
advisers of all skill level. Explor-

ing professional development
opportunities and related roles in
expanding and confirming knowledge, authors Young and Althen
have given us the keys to success
in our responsibilities.
This book emphasizes not
just the nuts and bolts knowledge
required, but the essential attributes
of a well-qualified adviser. The
authors note that "...it is not enough
that international student advisers
are intelligent, but they need to be
able to use their knowledge and
experience in particular ways-
which I have labeled the four C's of
thinking: critical, constructive, compassionate, and creative" (p. 104).
Back in the day we were happy to
simply issue correctly completed,
carbon copied I-20 forms and
lovely multi-colored IAP-66 forms.
Our worst fear was that the old HP
roller feed printer would jam. Now



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International Educator - May/June 2014
Contents
Front Lines
In Brief
New Windows on the World
Green River Community College Attracts International Students at an Early Age
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Internationalization Leadership
Partnering
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - In Brief
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - Internationalization Leadership
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - Partnering
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International Educator - May/June 2014 - View From Out Here
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