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Advisor Training/Workshops

SPRING 2014 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

CONNECT Advisor Training
April 23 (9-11am) OR April 24 (2-4pm) in Westlie Room, Student Center

All faculty who advise at CONNECT are asked to participate in a two hour CONNECT Advisor Information Session.   The information session will highlight developmental courses, COMPASS testing, the new General Education requirement model, First-Year Experience Learning Communities, and other material pertinent to advising at CONNECT sessions.  Please email Heather Martin at heather.martin@minotstateu.edu to let her know which session you plan to attend.

Training Academic Advisors: Conceptual, Relational, & Informational Issues
April 16 from 2-3:30pm in the Jones Room, Administration Building

Overview:
In ACT’s most recent national survey of training for all types of advisors, training was rated as one of the least effective components of campus advising programs. Training for staff advisors was found to be lacking in both conceptual understanding and relational skills. Brown (2008) found that most faculty advisors believed that they had inadequate training and preparation before beginning to advise.

Effective academic advising is dependent on three critical components: comprehensive pre-service and ongoing in-service advisor development; assessment of the advising program and individual advisors; and recognition and reward for exemplary performance. Training is the initial component in this process. Without setting expectations and offering skills training, there are no benchmarks for assessment. And, without assessment there are no guideposts for improving. All advisor development programs have common elements and are applicable to faculty, staff advisors, and counselors.

Objectives:
Participants will:

Learn strategies for addressing issues that can produce more effective advisor development programs and academic advisors

Speaker:
Thomas Brown is a lifelong student and academic affairs educator with an impressive record of effectiveness in creating academic and student affairs programs that promote increased learning, achievement, and success. Tom served as Dean of Advising Services/Special Program at Saint Mary's College of California, was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), and was chairperson of the Prelaw Advisors National Council.

From 1988 to 2008, Tom developed and facilitated general session presentations on academic advisor development for the NACADA Summer Institute on Academic Advising. His most recent publications on professional development include: “Critical Concepts in Academic Advising” in The Academic Advising Handbook, Jossey Bass, 2008, and “Preparing Providers to Foster Student Success”, in Fostering Student Success in the Campus Community, 2008.

Tom Brown's work is based on an integration of theories, research findings, and practical experience that makes a real difference for individuals and institutions. As a nationally recognized author and expert in retention, academic advising, promoting the success of at-risk students, international education, and diversity/inclusivity training, he has served as a consultant to more than 350 colleges and universities in the US and abroad. Tom is currently Managing Principal of a consulting network that assists campuses to increase student success, build inclusive communities, and manage change (www.tbrownassociates.com).

His work is based on an integration of theories, research findings, and practical experience that makes a real difference for individuals and institutions:

Recent publications include: “Reframing At-Risk to High Potential: Supporting the Achievement and Success of Underprepared Students in the Critical First Year of College,” in Fulfilling the Promise of the Community College; “Critical Concepts in Academic Advising” in The Academic Advising Handbook, Jossey Bass, 2008; “Preparing Providers to Foster Student Success”, in Fostering Student Success in the Campus Community, 2008; “Advising Students of Color”, in Academic Advising for Student Success and Retention, 1997, 2004

Intrusive Academic Advising: An Effective Strategy to Increase Student Success
Tuesday, March 11 from 12-1:30pm in the Student Affairs Conference Room – 1st floor Administration

Overview
The Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Surveys find academic advising to be among students’ top priorities. Students in public universities identify advising as their number one concern. For students in private college, it is their number two concern and for community college students, it stands at number three. Research from the National Surveys of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) conclude that the more interaction students have with faculty and staff, the more likely they are to learn effectively and persist toward achievement of their educational goals. These findings have led an increasing number of colleges and universities to implement intrusive, proactive, or invitational academic advising as a central element in their efforts to increase student engagement, persistence, and success. This advising approach means that campuses—through instructional faculty, academic advisors, counselors, and programs—take the initiative to reach out to students to provide advice, support, referral, and assistance, rather than waiting for students to seek help.

Intrusive Academic Advising does not mean “hand holding” or the return of in loco parentis. Rather, it suggests that faculty, counselors, academic advisors, and others demonstrate an active concern for students’ academic progress and a concomitant willingness to assist students to understand and utilize programs and services that can increase the likelihood for their success. Intrusive Academic Advising programs and advisors understand that many students, especially those who may be at greater risk for dropping out, often do not seek assistance in time for the assistance to have a positive impact on their progress. This is especially true for students who are first-year, first-generation, undecided, underprepared, or otherwise at greater risk for leaving college.

This webinar will consider the principles, philosophy, outcomes, best practices, and successful implementation of Intrusive Academic Advising at two- and four-year colleges across the U.S.

Objectives
Participants will be able to:

Speaker
Thomas Brown is a lifelong student and academic affairs educator with an impressive record of effectiveness in creating academic and student affairs programs that promote increased learning, achievement, and success. Tom served as Dean of Advising Services/Special Program at Saint Mary’s College of California, was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the National Academic Advising Association, and was chairperson of the Prelaw Advisors National Council.

Tom is currently Managing Principal of a consulting network that assists campuses to increase student success, build inclusive communities, and manage change (www.tbrownassociates.com). He also writes an occasional column, The Advising Dean, for The St. Helena Star newspaper in California’s Napa Valley (http://napavalleyregister.com/star/).

His work is based on an integration of theories, research findings, and practical experience that makes a real difference for individuals and institutions.

Degree Audit Training
March 3 & 4 ~ 1:00-2:30pm in Conference Center, Missouri Room

The Registrar’s Office will be holding degree audit training for both faculty and students this spring.  The training will be held on March 3rd and 4th from 1:00-2:30 with faculty training at 1:00 and student training at 1:30 in the Missouri Room of Conference Center. Please come learn how to use this great tool which will assist you in the work you do as an academic advisor!

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