As you compose your 3-page, well-organized, typed, double-spaced statement, aim to create a document for inclusion in your professional portfolio when applying for a promotion or a new job. Consider the following four questions in your statement: What is your approach to advising students? What influences and defines your beliefs and practices? What theory/theories do you espouse as part of your advising philosophy? What are the key elements and aspects to being an effective advisor? Your statement should make brief reference to influential higher education authors and researchers, but should reflect YOUR beliefs, views, and ideas.