2011 Advising Symposium Abstracts

Assessment of Advising
Author: Linda Taylor

This workshop will explore outcome-based assessments of advising and advising centers. How to develop an advising assessment and sample advising assessments will be provided.

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Journey to Wellness - Managing Daily Stress as an Advisor
Author: Lisa Laughter

In this dynamic presentation participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the significance of maintaining their personal well-being. The presenter intends to provide practical “advice” from their own journey to well-being as well as engage participants in sharing their own journey’s in order to reinforce the importance of maintaining personal well-being in order to best serve our students. Do you work with large numbers of students with mounting demands in an increasingly tight budget climate? How do we take care of ourselves and serve our students when we are expected to do more with less? Many advisors sacrifice their own wellness in order to keep up with the hectic pace of this environment and this presentation is intended to give the participants practical tools to take with them back into these tumultuous times!

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The Challenges and Opportunities of Advising and Retaining Distance Education Students
Authors: Loredana Werth and Eric Werth

Key considerations in offering distance education programs are directly linked to institutional student service support systems, such as advising, registration, orientation, and learning resources such as library and tutorial services. By being aware of the challenges that students experience in the distance education environment, administrators, faculty, and academic advisors can be better equipped to meet their needs. Themes presented will allow academic advisors to better assess the needs of distance education students and provide practical tools for supporting this special population of students. Careful placement and enhanced advising techniques, especially early in the online program, can be implemented to further assist students in successful achievement of their academic goals.

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In Their Own Words: College Readiness Among WSU Undergraduates
Author: Paul Verrell

College success is influenced by how well HSs promote necessary academic skills and to their post-secondary reinforcement. We obtained data on students’ self-assessments of their preparedness for academic work. About 70% reported that HS had prepared them well. When asked about specific skills they wish they had developed further, 48% cited effective time management, 27% independent thought, 16% effective writing and 10% effective reading. Similar data were obtained when students were asked what skills they most want to develop: time management 40%, writing 13% and reading 8%. About 50% found WSU more challenging than expected. Students recognize skills necessary for academic success, and their own words underscore the need to strengthen links connecting HS to post-secondary education.

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Advising and Supporting Students Who Are on the Autism Spectrum
Author: Elizabeth Miles

People who are on the autism spectrum are attending colleges and universities in increasing numbers. Many students on the spectrum have outstanding academic strengths but also experience considerable challenges in negotiating the campus environment due to significant neuro-differences that affect communication skills, visuo-spatial orientation, and organizational skills. Academic advisors play an essential role in supporting this at-risk student population because their success in higher education is dependent upon advising that takes their unique needs into consideration. This presentation provides an overview of the strengths and challenges of people who have autism spectrum disorders and identifies effective advising and support strategies.

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Re-structuring Advising at the College Level: Washington State University’s College of Liberal Arts Model for Student Success
Authors: Thomas Whitacre and Christine Oakley

This session will introduce participants to Washington State University’s recently implemented advising system in the College of Liberal Arts as one model for maximizing student success. The new model is grounded in the “village” approach to student success by assigning both a professional advisor and a faculty mentor to each student being advised in one of CLA’s academic departments. We will review both why restructuring the advising system was necessary and key components of the new system. Discussions will focus on both the strengths and the challenges of the new system as it completes its second year.

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Advising and Mentoring for Major & National Scholarships
Authors: Stephen Flores and Alton Campbell

Applying for major scholarships offers tremendous possibilities for students with strong academic and service/leadership abilities. This session provides (1) an Overview of Major Scholarships, Criteria, and Application Processes and Outcomes, and (2) Best Advice for Advising National Scholarship Applicants. Such advising also supports students’ plans for internships, undergraduate research, graduate school, and similar career decisions. Advisors across the university play vital roles in identifying and guiding strong candidates to these possibilities. The session will suggest best practices for mentoring and coordination of efforts, and invite those attending to share their experiences and to envision ways to advance these efforts.

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Here and Beyond the Village: Career Center Services
Authors: Cynthia Mika , Leanne Ralstin, and Vicci White

According to a 2010 NACE Survey, 70% who received job offers used career center services. In this call for village collaboration, learn how the career advising house supports the university village, and especially academic advisers, by helping students explore or reaffirm their place in a career or major with the best fit. The Career Center staff teaches students to navigate the daunting tasks of finding substantive, hands-on experiences to enhance their learning, as well as how to make the best impression, as they transition into the world of work. Together, we help students succeed beyond the halls of academia.

Our Village: Supporting and Retaining the At-Risk and Nontraditional Student
Authors: Deborah Bransford and Susan McPhee

To meet the needs of our students, we first must recognize what the community college village looks like today— higher education in 2011. We also have to identify the needs of the villagers themselves. Who are the students coming through the open enrollment doors of our 2-year colleges? Then, to support, retain, and contribute to the success of our student-villagers, we must provide the necessary resources to meet the challenges they face inside and outside the classroom. Recognizing that this is particularly true of at-risk and nontraditional students, this presentation explores how one community college strives to meet the challenges.

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Undergraduate Student Persistence and Graduation
Authors: Vicki McCracken and Karla Makus

Identifying factors related to student success is of interest to advisors, faculty, and administrators. Research was conducted to provide a better understanding of predictors of persistence and eventual graduation, using the 2002 and 2003 new freshmen WSU cohorts. Statistical techniques identified factors (student, institutional, and academic program characteristics) affecting success, measured by timely degree completion and probabilities of departure/return and degree attainment. Results indicate that an admission process which selects students based on potential for success should consider more than GPA and SAT. Retention efforts should focus on other risk factors, such as financial aid, residency, enrollment status, and running-start.

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Creating an advising website…not just another pretty page
Authors: Karen Gillespie and Debbie Moos

This presentation will feature our Step-by-Step advising websites (New Students, Continuing Students and Transfer Students) that streamline the registration process while developing a communication thread. Our websites were created to better manage our time and to allow students to work through course selection at their convenience. A non-registered student learns the importance of class choices, how to use the Class Schedule, and accomplish the registration process. We believe that advising is teaching but we also believe it is learning. Student success takes a village which today includes technology.

Advising International Students
Authors: Mary Ellen Brewick and Taya Carothers

This session will explore the influx of international students coming to American campuses and will discuss their experience from the very beginning. We will introduce international marketing and recruitment strategies, explain what international students go through during the application and visa process, share some suggestions on what advisors can do to help international students adjust, and discuss some of the visa regulations that dictate whether students are allowed to work, take part time classes or travel outside of the U.S. We hope you leave this session with a better understanding of the international student experience, in order to be more effective with your advising.

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Top 10 Advising Strategies for Adult Student Success in your "Village"
Authors: Regina Jenkins and Vicki Budd

What unique needs do returning adult students have? How do Colleges utilize resources and relationships to help meet these needs? This interactive workshop will engage participants in a dialogue about what they have found useful when working with returning adult students. Presenters will share the Top 10 Advising Strategies we find most effective including some that are still in development. The top 10 strategies include having an adult-student specific orientation, developing camaraderie with other adults students through social media and on-campus clubs, outreach to community organizations/employers, assessment and focus groups on current services & student needs, availability of online student services, specific department contacts, and more! Participants will leave the session with practical ideas to bring back to their “village” for implementation.

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Advising 101:Covering the Basics

Author: Andrew Brewick

This session is an introduction to advising at the University of Idaho. Topics covered will include: the UI general core curriculum, state board core, FERPA (including new changes to the law), and a tutorial on using VandalWeb to prepare for an advising meeting.

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Advising 202: The Advising Meeting: Degree Audit and More!
Authors: Chris Dixon and Pat McCarroll

This session focuses on helping new and continuing advisors establish a relationship with their advisees. Advising 202 will provide best practices in registration advising, including pre-meeting communications, the advising meeting, expectations about the advising relationship, and referrals. This session will also include a thorough introduction to Degree Audit. Each attendee will receive a campus resource list that will identify whom to call when advisors have questions.

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Advising 303: Degree Audit, What-If & GPA Calculator – Oh My!
Authors: Frank Wilhelm, Katie Strittmatter, and Shishona Turner

We will focus on online tools of the trade at the University of Idaho. Our first visit will take us to webpages that should be a standard diet of any advisor. Our second visit will showcase intricacies of the DegreeAudit platform: What-If, Planner, GPA Calculator and more. The workshop will end with hands-on navigation of what was covered in the workshop. Your tour guides will be available to walk you through the process. Please bring a laptop with VandalGold wireless access. (A limited supply will be available on-site.)

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Advising 404 Session I: Unique Student Populations – Probation Students and Students in Crisis
Authors: Laura Hutchinson and Kristi Overfelt

Certain segments of our student population have unique needs and present different challenges for academic advisors. This session will focus on two of these populations: students on academic probation, and students in crisis. The session will discuss effective ways to interact with these students and present resources available to assist both advisors and students.

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Advising 404 Session II: Unique Student Populations -Transfer Students
A Walking Tour of Student Services in Commons

Author: Dana Stover

Transfer students present unique challenges for advisors. This session will discuss some of these challenges and UI resources available to advisors as they help transfer students transition to the University of Idaho. The last half of this session will be a walking tour of some of the key student resources in the Commons available to all UI students and faculty/staff.

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Authors: Panel of UI-WSU faculty and staff advisors

Join us for an informal Q & A session with a panel of experienced faculty and staff advisors. This is your opportunity to discuss issues raised during the symposium, ask additional questions, learn from each other, and to network. Refreshments will be provided.