Tips for Advising this Population
The support that undergraduate students receive from their institution is a major contributor to college adjustment and growth in developmental areas (Noldon & Sedlacek, 1998). Fortunately, the majority of institutions of higher education have implemented programs targeting specific subpopulations of the college student body.
Research suggests that colleges and universities devote attention to creating effective ways of working with international students, minorities, and students with disabilities. However, despite myths indicating that academically talented students do not need specific services (Gerrity, Lawrence, & Sedlacek, 1993), undergraduates with high academic talent have needs that require special consideration (Kerr & Colangelo, 1988). High achieving students encounter challenges similar to their peers (Haynes, 2006).