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.
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to establish consistency in your decentralized advising model.
Team Discounts Available
- 1-2 registrations: full price
- 3-4 registrations: 15% off each conference registration
- 5-7 registrations: 20% off each conference registration
- 8 + registrations: 25% off each conference registration
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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