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SPRING 2015 ADVISOR WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Tuesday, March 3 ~ 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ~ Hartnett Hall, Rm 326W
Online Webinar Presentation - Advising Strategies for Students on Academic Probation

On Tuesday, March 3, several panelists will discuss the good work being done at their institutions to help academically at risk students find their way to successful degree completion. Topics to be addressed include:

Moderator: Joy Cox, Chair, NACADA Probation/Dismissal/Reinstatement Issues Interest Group

Panelists:
Kristin Lively, Assistant Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs, School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Kristin Lively started working as an academic advisor for IUPUI in March 2004 and the SPEA in October 2005. In her time at SPEA, she had a hand in creating the Success Skills Seminar, an intervention for first-time probation students. The seminar was launched in 2008 with great results. Kristin became Assistant Director for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs in 2011. In 2012, Kristin worked with James Eckerty and Laura Asbury, new advisors to SPEA, on the “Design Your Own Success” program which allowed first-time probation students to utilize campus resources to improve their academic standing.  In 2013, this trio presented Successful Interventions for Students on Probation at IUPUI at the NACADA Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, and their program was selected for Exemplary Practice recognition in the new NACADA Pocket Guide, Advising Students on Academic Probation.

Kelly Reddick, Academic Advisor, East Carolina University
Kelly Reddick works with students who are in academic difficulty (including readmitted students), students who are exploring major options, and intended nursing students.  Each spring, Kelly teaches an academic skills and development course for first-year students who are on academic probation. In addition, Kelly assists in the administration and monitoring of ECU’s early academic alert system. Over the past year, she and ECU’s advising team have focused on maximizing the use of an early academic alert system from an advisor’s vantage point to further reach students who may be struggling academically.

Julie Preece, Clinical Professor, Brigham Young University
Cynthia Wong, Educational Psychologist and Assistant Clinical Professor, Brigham Young University
Julie Preece is a clinical professor with a background in counseling psychology.  She began her academic life in the Counseling and Career Center at Brigham Young University (BYU).  In 2008, she was asked to serve as the Interim Director and then Director for the Academic Support Office (ASO) at BYU, a position she worked in until 2013 when she returned to a clinical position where she teachers and coordinates university courses and works as a part-time academic advisor for the ASO.  

Cynthia Wong is an educational psychologist and assistant clinical professor in the ASO at Brigham Young University. As a learning specialist, her primary role is to assist students who struggle academically. In her work with students, she considers herself to be one part detective, one part efficiency expert, and two parts genius. She also enjoys co-directing a peer coaching program, teaching learning strategies courses and conducting research.

The BYU Academic Support Office works with students facing or returning with academic standings of probation, suspension, or dismissal.  Julie, Cynthia, and ASO colleagues have researched the issues which lead to most students' academic demise, including mental health issues, and what appears to make a difference to the success of students who struggle academically.  This research led to the creation of a successful Peer Coaching Program and the Option Three Program, which was selected for Exemplary Practice recognition in the new NACADA Pocket Guide, Advising Students on Academic Probation.

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