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Academic Advising

2012-13 Advisor Workshop Presentations


Math & English Placement/Developmental Courses
An Advisor Development Workshop has been scheduled to discuss the new NDUS policy 401.1.2 regarding Math and English placement (see next section).  This workshop will include a refresher on what the NDUS policy states, how the policy affects new, current, and returning students, how students enroll in developmental courses, information on the COMPASS exam, and will include time for Q&A.  It is very important all faculty advisors are aware of this new policy and clearly understand the requirements for MSU students.  The same session will be offered on two different dates/times.


Advising Student Athletes
Do you have any questions on how to advise student-athletes? Ever wonder how NCAA ruleson "progress-towards-degree" work? On Oct. 9th and 10th, Minot StateAssistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Student Life, Steven Swenson, will be presenting a workshop on these and other academic issues pertaining to athletic eligibility. The workshop will offer some tips and explanations, as well as gather feedback from faculty on how the student-athlete advising process can be improved.The same session will be offered on two different dates/times:


Webinar - One Student at a Time: An Overview of Appreciative Advising
Wednesday, December 12 from 2-3:30pm in the Westlie Room, Student Center

Students are retained one student at a time and it is crucial that administrators, staff, and faculty partner together to optimize student learning experiences. Based on the organizational development theory of Appreciative Inquiry and the positive psychology literature, Appreciative Advising provides a flexible framework for professionals seeking to optimize student success.

This webinar will define Appreciative Advising, provide an overview of the six phases of Appreciative Advising, and provide participants with specific ideas for optimizing their interactions with students. The webinar will first explore the six phases of Appreciative Advising – Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don’t Settle. Successful adaptations of this appreciative approach in first-year and retention programs will be showcased. Participants will also learn how each phase can be adapted to use in a wide variety of in-class and extracurricular venues, including residence life, career counseling, financial aid, University 101 courses, Greek affairs, and admissions. Data will be presented that underscores how Appreciative Advising can be used to impact student retention rates and much more.

Participants will:

• Understand the theoretical infrastructure behind Appreciative Advising, including a brief overview of Appreciative Inquiry
• Understand and apply the six phases of Appreciative Advising: Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don’t Settle
• Learn how to ask positive, open-ended questions that will help professionals and faculty build rapport with students
• Learn how to use verbal and non-verbal immediacy behaviors that can put students at ease
• Explore potential adaptations of the model in participants’ individual working environment


Jennifer Bloom is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Master’s degree program in the Higher Education & Student Affairs Program housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies at the University of South Carolina. Prior to her appointment at the University of South Carolina in August 2007, she served as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs & the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995.

Bryant Hutson is Associate Director for the Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). He facilitates the professional development of faculty and staff to enhance the quality of teaching, learning and advising. Previously he served as the Associate Director for Student Academic Services (SAS) at UNCG. The SAS office received the Noel-Levitz Retention Excellence Award in 2004 and 2009 and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding Advising Program Award in 2004 for programs based on Appreciative Advising.