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:
HELPING STUDENTS LEARN.
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-
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