Four Strategies for Successfully Advising Undeclared Students

Four Strategies for Successfully Advising Undeclared Students

Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Learn how you can better meet the support needs of undeclared students on your campus.

Gain strategies and tactics to help you be more intentional in your advising support of undeclared students. Haley Richards from Colorado State University will share how her institution helped undeclared students outpace the average first year GPA and teach you how to incorporate a similar plan of action on your campus. Whether you come from a large or small institution, these strategies can be applied to your unique institutional context, including:

  • Starting conversations early
  • Not placing students into a college before they’re ready
  • Connecting students with mentors across campus
  • Helping undeclared students better understand their options

Who Should Attend

This training is designed to appeal to professionals who support undeclared students. This may include representatives from:

  • Academic Advising
  • Student Support
  • Faculty
  • Admissions and Orientation


  • Reasons why students are undeclared and how to meet those different needs
  • Risk factors associated with being undeclared
  • Four key strategies to working with undeclared students
    • Start the conversation as early as possible
    • Build intentional connections and relationships
    • Normalize the label of "undeclared“ to reduce the stigma
    • Gather campus support for your students



Haley Richards

Academic Success Coordinator
Colorado State University

Haley has served as an Academic Success Coordinator & Academic Advisor for Undeclared / Exploratory students at Colorado State University since 2005.  In her position, she has taught classes for both first and second-year students focused on academic decision-making and major exploration, advised a student organization to support and represent Undeclared / Exploratory students, coordinated campus-wide Major Exploration events, advocated for Undeclared/Exploratory students through many campus-wide initiatives, and maintains an advising case load of approximately 200 students.  Haley is also an active member of NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising, attending conferences, presenting sessions related to advising best practices, and authoring literature reviews.   A recipient of Colorado State University’s Jack E. Cermak Advising Award, Haley loves advising Undeclared /Exploratory students and enjoys helping them find an academic program that caters to their individual strengths, interests, and values.

Questions About the Event?

Elizabeth Hubbell
Program Manager, Academic Impressions

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