Academic Advising AQIP Declaration 08-10

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					                             Academic Advising AQIP Declaration

Kickoff date: Oct. 1, 2008

Target Completion date: Sept 1, 2010

A. 10-word title for project: Revitalize Academic Advising
B. Describe Action Project goal in 100 words or fewer:
   Identify current policies and procedures regarding academic advising. Articulate vision,
   mission and goals statements for academic advising that align with the College mission and
   goals. Develop an operational definition of academic advising. Identify measurable
   outcomes for advising and the means for systematically assessing success in achieving those
   outcomes. Survey best practices in mentoring and/or professional development practices to
   advance advising with students. Develop recommendations regarding the delivery,
   administration, workload and financial resource allocation, faculty evaluation and student
   assessment practices of academic advising.

C. Identify the single AQIP category which it best fits:


D. Describe briefly your institution’s reasons for taking on this Action Project now and
   why the project and its goals are high among your current priorities.

   Reviewing our academic advising practices is a natural extension of and follow up to our
   recent core renewal efforts, with implementation of a new core curriculum expected fall
   2010. It is also an outgrowth of recommendations produced in spring 2008 by a study group
   reviewing Central’s academic support systems.

E. List the organizational areas—institutional departments, programs, divisions or units—
   most affected by or involved in this Action Project.

   All faculty departments and divisions, office of academic records, academic support
   programs, orientation programs for first-year and transfer students, first-year transitions
   courses, career center, athletics.

F. Name and describe briefly the key organizational processes that you expect this Action
   Project to change or improve.
   We expect to improve academic advising and forms of academic support related to advising,
   including the linkage between the two. We also expect to enhance faculty and staff
   development related to advising, and improve faculty, staff and students' access to advising-
   related information.

G. Explain the rational for the length of time planned for target completion.
   One year will be spent evaluating current practice and making recommendations for
   improvements. A second year will be needed to implement recommendations that are

H. Describe how you plan to monitor how successfully your efforts are on this Action
   Project as it is progressing

   This team will regularly report on its progress to the Student Learning and Development
   Council, one of the college’s two leadership councils, and also the Dean’s Council. Both
   groups will provide feedback on progress and direction of the initiative.

I. Describe the overall “outcome” measures or indicators that will tell whether this Action
   Project has been a success or failure in achieving its goals

   Student satisfaction with advising can be measured through responses to selected questions on
   regularly administered surveys such as the National Survey of Student Engagement or the Noel
   Levitz. Outcomes for advising will be developed and student progress will be assessed. Academic
   support structures will come to be viewed under the umbrella structure of advising. Another indicator
   that advising has successfully moved from a “service” to a “teaching” model will be the inclusion of
   advising as a component of teaching when faculty are evaluated.

J. Other information (e.g., publicity, sponsor or champion).

   None at this time.

K. Project leader and contact person:

   Lyn Isaacson, Assistant Academic Dean

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