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Academic Advising

2011-12 Advisor Workshop Presentations


Read & Write Gold/Premier

Read and Write Gold is a new download available to all students and faculty at MSU. The award winning literacy software perform numerous operations to assist students with reading, writing, research, writing and studying to help students of all ages succeed independently. It is basically a floating toolbar that integrates with MS Office, and the internet. It also includes powerful tech support tools. MSU has purchased the license for on and off campus use as well as PC and Mac versions. The software can be downloaded onto a portability 4 gb of flash drives for students so they can check-out the technology on their own computers and in computer labs on campus.

Date: Thursday, September 15
Time: 2-3pm
Presenter: Evelyn Klimpel, Disability Services Coordinator
READ WRITE GOLD Handout [pdf]
Read Write Gold Flyer [pdf]


Refresher on Student and Advisor Roles in CampusConnection

Do you have the knowledge and experience to assist your advisees in using CampusConnection to add, drop or waitlist courses?  Are you knowledgeable in using the features in your advisor role in CampusConnection to perform more effectively as an advisor?  Understanding both the student and advisor roles will allow you to better serve the students you work with.  This is your chance to learn more on what you and your advisees can do using CampusConnection!

Date: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 3-4pm
Presenter: Rebecca Porter & Deb Kinzell, Registrar's Office
CampusConnection Training Materials


Advisor Tips from the Center for Extended Learning
What is a collaborative student?
Have you worked with a student who may need to take a course through another NDUS institution while taking courses at MSU?  For example, do any of your students need to take a Math refresher prior to enrolling in Math 102?  If so, they can take a Math refresher course through Dakota College Bottineau as a collaborative student.  The NDUS has a collaborative process that allows students from MSU to register for courses at other NDUS institutions. In order to be approved for a collaborative registration, students must meet the criteria and follow certain guidelines. Come learn how you can assist your students who may need a course through another NDUS institution!
What should advisors know about online courses?
Are you familiar with the online courses taught at MSU?  Do you know what full degree programs are available online? Does Financial Aid cover the cost of online courses?  How much do online courses cost? Attend this workshop to learn the answers to these questions and many more!

Date: Tuesday, November 8
Time: 12:30-1:30pm
Presenters: Jolina Miller, Mark Timbrook & Sherie Saltveit – Center for Extended Learning
Collaborative Criteria [pdf]


Disability Support Services

Students with disabilities are represented in every department and field of study in colleges and universities throughout the nation. With this steady increase in numbers, chances are that you, as an advisor, will be faced with some decisions regarding how to handle a student’s disability-related issues. This informational session will give you an understanding of your responsibilities as well as theinstitution in providing students with disabilities “equal access” to their education.

Date: Friday, December 2
Time: 9-10am
Presenter: Evelyn Klimpel, Disability Services Coordinator


Becoming a Veteran ‘Helpful’ Campus
Date & Time: Monday, January 23 from 2-3pm OR Thursday, January 26 from 12:30-1:30pm
Presenter: David Klassy, Director Veterans Center

Veteran students are becoming a larger part of the campus community and we, as faculty and staff, have an opportunity to assist these students in their pursuit and completion of a degree. The process of GI Bill educational benefits will be explained. Veterans are a unique sub-population and have unique challenges. We will discuss some of those challenges and how we can help the student cope or overcome those challenges. Subjects will include Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Veteran Helpful Advisor Training [pdf]


CampusConnection Advisor Role
Date & Time: Thursday, February 23 from 1-2pm OR Friday, February 24 from 1-2pm
Presenter: Rebecca Porter, Registrar

Are you using CampusConnection to its maximum potential? Do you know how to save links in CampusConnection under your favorites? Do you know how to view specific information on your advisees under your advisor center (ie. address, phone, email, class schedule, midterm grades, final grades, holds, enrollment dates, advisor, planner, shopping cart, transfer credit, etc.)? Do you know how to add or remove advisor holds? Attend this workshop to learn more about the features available to you in CampusConnection!


Assisting Students with Reading and Studying Difficulties
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 20 from 2-3pm OR Friday, March 23 from 1-2pm
Presenter: Lisa Borden-King, Teacher Education

This workshop will focus on identifying students with reading and studying difficulties through easy and non-threatening conversation. In addition, we will explore ways to distinguish reading difficulties from studying problems and discuss specific strategies students can use to improve these two areas.


NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) Webinar – Ethical Decision Making in Academic Advising
Date& Time: Wednesday, May 2 from 9-10am OR Thursday, May 3 from 9-10am

Academic advisors are often faced with ethical decisions that require sound decision-making and accurate resolutions. Ethics involves decision-making based on maximizing good and minimizing harm wherever possible (Denise & Peterfreund, 1992; Durkheim, 1993; Frank, 2000). This train of thought is common place so when ethical decisions involve what is morally right and wrong, the course of action is relatively clear. However, ethical conflicts often involve right versus right options that are more complex. In these cases, decisions are not as obvious, but can and should be decided on the basic principles of right action.

NACADA Board of Directors member Joanne Damminger brings her highly acclaimed NACADA Summer Institute topical session to the AdvisorConnect venue to discuss general ethical principles that advisors and advising administrators will want to consider in providing appropriate assistance to all students and professional development for advisors. Advisor development related to ethical decisions is critical to effective advising practice, and advisors need to be skilled in resolving ethical dilemmas that arise when all principles of right action cannot be followed at the same time. NACADA's Core Values and the Council for the Advancement of Standards guidelines, which will be reviewed in the presentation, are helpful in resolving such dilemmas as they relate directly to general ethical principles. Joanne will also define and clarify language associated with ethical issues and dilemmas and share examples of dilemmas and their potential resolutions.