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					          President’s Council
                March 29, 2007


Idna M. Corbett, Interim Dean, USSSS
      Bruce Norris, Co-Chair, UAAC
What is Developmental Advising?
• Academic advising is an educational process
  that, by intention and design, facilitates students’
  understanding of the meaning and purpose of
  higher education and fosters their intellectual
  and personal development toward academic
  success and lifelong learning. (NACADA, 2004)
• Developmental academic advising is both a
  process and an orientation. It reflects the idea of
  movement and progression. It goes beyond
  simply giving information or signing a form.
• The desired result is that students will feel a
  sense of connection with the advisor and a sense
  of guidance, while realizing personal
  responsibility for exploring options and making
  decisions.
Does Developmental Advising
make a difference?
Comparison of Declared and
Undeclared Students
                             Average Number of Major Changes for Declared and
                                      Undeclared First-Time Students

                        5
    Average Number of




                        4
         Changes




                        3                                                           Declared
                        2                                                           Undeclared

                        1

                        0
                            1992   1993   1994   1995   1996   1997   1998   1999
                                                  Cohorts
                          Average Credits Earned by Declared and Undeclared
                                              Students

                    138
                    137




Average Number of
  Credits Earned
                    136
                    135
                                                                                                            Declared
                    134
                                                                                                            Undeclared
                    133
                    132
                    131
                    130
                           1992   1993                      1994    1995     1996    1997    1998
                                                                   Cohorts



                                                                Average Time-to-Graduation for Declared and Undeclared
                                                                                      Students
                                  Average Number of Years




                                                            6
                                                            5
                                        to Graduate




                                                            4
                                                                                                                                Declared
                                                            3
                                                                                                                                Undeclared
                                                            2
                                                            1
                                                            0
                                                                 1992      1993     1994    1995     1996    1997        1998
                                                                                           Cohorts
Advising —“Plan for Excellence”
• Student Success Transformation
  – S5. Strengthen the links between
    undergraduate academic and career
    advisement and programming
  – S6. Improve retention, graduation, and
    time-to-degree rates by assisting students
    during key transitional periods in their
    academic careers
Advising is addressed at various
levels within the University
• University Academic Advising
  Committee
• Academic Advising Liaisons
• College-level initiatives
• Department-level initiatives
• Pre-Major Academic Advising and
  other special programs
Academic Affairs Goal for
Advising for 2006-07
 Strengthen communications from the
 University Academic Advising
 Committee to faculty advisors,
 department chairs, and department
 liaisons via e-mail, special promotions
 for advising workshops, handbooks,
 etc.
Activities
• Meeting of departmental academic
  advising liaisons – October
  – The advising liaisons link the committee
    and the liaisons’ respective departments
  – Together, the UAAC and the liaisons are
    developing a faculty advising handbook
• Advising Workshop with William
  Johnson – January
  – Focus on empowering students and
    faculty in the advising process
Activities (cont’d)

• UAAC Web site of information for all
  advisors
  – http://sapphire.wcupa.net/USSSS/uaac/pa
    gesample.asp
• New Initiatives proposal
  – secure funding for workshops with
    external speakers
  – development of an advising handbook
  – maintenance of the advising Web site
Academic Affairs Goal for
Advising for 2006-07

 Clarify campus-wide academic
 advising coordination regarding
 responsibilities, reporting lines,
 structures, committees, and dean-level
 involvement.
Activities
• Adopt definition of advising from
  National Academic Advising
  Association (NACADA)
• Develop list of “Advising Duties” and
  “Desired Characteristics of Advisors”
• Create a buy-in from faculty
  – Meeting with Senate
  – Meeting with Council of Chairs
• Meeting of representatives from
  various offices to address advising
  issues related to transfer students:
  –   Admissions
  –   Financial Aid
  –   Academic Computing
  –   Registrar
  –   Bursar
  –   Residence Life and Housing
  –   New Student Orientation
  –   Public Safety
  –   Off-Campus & Commuter Students
Academic Affairs Goal for
Advising for 2006-07
 Prioritize student communications
 regarding academic advising goals,
 policies, and expectations via the
 departments of major, MyWCU, the
 Student Government Association
 (SGA) meetings, residence hall
 postings, the student newspaper, etc.
Activities

• Meeting with SGA – November
• Development of Blackboard site for
  Pre-Major Advising
• Continuation of “Ask the Ram”
Academic Affairs Goal for
Advising for 2006-07

   Develop additional strategies to
   assist pre-major students in selecting
   a major.
Activities
• Meetings with several departments to
  help facilitate the transfer to majors
  –   Mathematics
  –   Communication Studies
  –   Professional Studies
  –   History
  –   Athletics
• Strengthen connection between ADP
  advising and Pre-Major Advising
Next Steps
• Development of Advising Handbook
• Development of template for advising
  syllabus
• Gathering data on use and impact of
  Academic Recovery Plan
• Diversity grant to conduct workshops
  on advising special populations
• Hosting the annual meeting of the Intra
  System Academic Advising Network
  (ISAAN) – May

				
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