Creating Consistency in Decentralized Advising Models

Creating Consistency in Decentralized Advising Models

July 22 - 23, 2019 | San Diego, CA



Learn how to establish consistency in your decentralized advising model.

In many decentralized advising models, individual advisors and units can look and feel very different as they operate independently of one another. As such, there is a degree of inconsistency that develops over time when it comes to advising requirements, approaches, efficiency, and quality, which can create discrepancies in students’ experiences across the institution.

Many universities are now taking steps to create more standardization and uniformity among advising across campus. Join us in San Diego for a practical and interactive learning experience to consider common models, communication protocols, and other means of collaboration that create consistency among disparate areas of campus.

You will have ample working time to address the higher-level goals or objectives of your institution and to define a training program to implement when you get back to your campus.


Who Should Attend

The content of this conference is geared towards those who are looking to establish a model for creating more consistency across their advising departments on campus. Directors of Advising, VPs of Student Affairs, as well as Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management leaders responsible for student success efforts on their campus are encouraged to attend.


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Your registration for the event includes full access to all conference sessions and materials, breakfast, lunch and the networking reception on Monday, breakfast on Tuesday, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.

Day 1 | July 22, 2019

8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Welcome and Introductions



Understanding Approaches of Decentralized Advising

In this opening session, you will hear case studies of how different institutions addressed decentralized advising. You will learn how the teams are organized, reporting structures, how they collaborate, and the pros and cons of each. This will give you an idea of the many variations that might work well at your institution.



Identifying Challenges and Inconsistencies

This session will explore how to use various data sources to “tell the story” of the impact of your current advising model. You will get ideas for using qualitative and quantitative means, how to gather it, and what trends to look for as you compile this information. You will look for ways to answer questions such as: Where does advising live at my institution? What evidence do I have that change is needed?



Working Session: Refining Your Challenges and Consistencies and Considering Approaches

In this working session, you will have an opportunity to address the higher-level goals or objectives and the evidence you currently have behind this effort (e.g. Why do you want to create more consistency in advising across your institution? What data or questions are driving this effort? What evidence/data have you collected to suggest that the student experience is being impacted by inconsistency of advising across the institution?) You will have an opportunity to discuss the disparate places and people where advising currently exists at your institution so that you begin to create a roadmap to creating more cohesion.



Defining Your Framework for Consistency

Once you have determined where the inconsistencies lie in your advising models, you can begin determining guidelines to help articulate desired quality, processes, and outcomes of your campus’ advising program. In this session, you will begin to define what high quality advising looks like at your institution. You will start considering the advising philosophy or model you would like to use as a contributing factor to creating consistency in advising across decentralized models, how to get input from various stakeholders, and how to get buy-in across campus.



Designing and Planning a Training Program

Once you have identified a framework, developing training around that model will be a next natural step. During this hour, you will gain ideas for how to develop in-house training. You will explore options for how it’s structured, who participates and how frequently, and what to consider as you build the curriculum.



Working Session: Defining Your Framework/Developing a Training Program

This working session will give you an opportunity to begin considering ideas you have heard on day one and identifying action steps once you get back to your campus.



Day 1 Wrap Up



Networking Reception


Day 2 | July 23, 2019

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Assessing Your Advising Effectiveness

Once your new advising model is in place, it will be important to have ongoing assessments to ensure that the model is being implemented effectively and that it is ultimately having an impact on student success and retention at your institution. In this session, you will see how other institutions utilized data to maintain momentum and identify needs as the model was implemented. We will explore individual advisor performance assessment, assessment of student satisfaction, and assessment of the program on student success.



Maintaining Momentum

Maintaining momentum and consistency of your program will rely on retaining and growing your advising team. One way to do this is to elevate role of advising leader so that she or he has a voice in decisions that impact advising. Similarly, you will get ideas for creating a career ladder for your front-line advisors in order to minimize turnover. Finally, you will learn mechanisms for sharing data on regular basis and professional development considerations for advisors.



Final Working Time and Conference Close

July 22 - 23, 2019 | San Diego, CA

Conference Hotel Information

San Diego Marriott
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

Room Rate: $199, plus applicable tax.

Room Block Dates: nights of July 21 and 22, 2019.

Rate Available Until: June 30, 2019.

Reserve Your Room: Call 619.692.3800 to make your reservations and indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate. Please book early - rooms are limited and subject to availability.


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Paul Sileika

Coordinator of University Academic Advising, Ryerson University

Over the past three years Paul has taken on projects to support high-impact advising on a decentralized campus including creating and facilitating multiple training programs, developing a strong community of practice for advising, and organizing on-campus advising events. He regularly presents at conferences including CACUSS (Canadian Association of College and University Student Services), OURA (Ontario University Registrars' Association), OAAP (Ontario Academic Advising Professionals) among others.

Read Paul's full bio here.


Karen Thurmond

Consultant, Former Director of Academic Advising and Degree Planning Resources, The University of Memphis

Karen Thurmond’s responsibilities include advocacy for academic advising initiatives and for academic advisors serving in a faculty, peer, or professional role. She also coordinates the day-to-day operations of the general education program (core curriculum), degree audit system (DegreeWorks), and an 24/7 system for academic advising appointments (AppointmentPlus) at the University of Memphis, and is a staff member of the Center for Academic Transition, where transfer students are advised in their first semester.

Read Karen's full bio here.

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Sinda Vanderpool

Associate Vice Provost for Academic Enrollment Management, Office of the Provost, Baylor University

As an enrollment management and academic affairs professional, Sinda Vanderpool advocates and executes systemic change with measurable results to help the institution flourish. Under her tenure, first-year retention rates have increased by eight percentage points and four-year graduation rates by nine percentage points. Vanderpool’s portfolio includes oversight of the success center with comprehensive services such as University Advisement, disabilities services, first gen, transfer, and veterans services as well as academic support initiatives.

Read Sinda's full bio here.

Can't Attend? Buy the Conference Binder

Purchase the conference binder, which includes all presentation slides, worksheets, action plans, and additional resources.

Note: Conference attendees do not need to purchase materials separately.

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