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Making Appreciative Advising Work: Culture, Climate & Conversion


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Making Appreciative Advising Work: Culture, Climate & Conversion


This webinar will address the issues that arise as the Appreciative Advising model is implemented. We will discuss the real and imagined roadblocks to using Appreciative Advising as an advisor and as a staff. For example, “As an advisor, I am already responsible for a caseload of 400 students, how can I possibly do this on top of my current duties?” or “I manage an advising staff who has been advising for years and the staff members already think they know all the answers and, therefore, are very resistant to change. How do I get them on board?” or “I work with faculty advisors who have little or no formal training in this stuff, how do I motivate them to use this?” The webinar will provide participants with specific ideas to assess your campus/office culture. We will use those shared beliefs to build a climate to nourish and grow the mindset of Appreciative Advising and in so doing, answer the concerns mentioned above. An Appreciative Advising syllabus will be shared and discussed as one tool to impact the culture positively.

Participants will hear directly from several advisors, including a faculty advisor, about how they feel about Appreciative Advising and the conversion process to this powerful approach. An Academic Recovery Program built on the strengths-based approach of Appreciative Advising will be shared, including how to use the Appreciative Advising Inventory with probation students as a retention tool. And finally, a gap analysis for a comprehensive retention framework will be shared as an example to show how Appreciative Advising fits into the “bigger picture” of an institution’s efforts.


  • Begin to assess and evaluate their campus/office culture to support Appreciative Advising
  • Develop techniques and strategies to build an Appreciative Advising culture
  • Develop a plan to convert to Appreciative Advising that includes how to address advisors that might be reluctant to change
  • Apply the Appreciative model with advisors and faculty as a management style
  • Apply the Appreciative model to assess a campus/office-wide retention effort to identify overlapping interventions and gaps to be closed

Who Should Attend?

  • 2-year & 4-year institutions
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Dean of Instruction
  • Dean of Student Services/Affairs
  • Faculty (full and part-time)
  • Advising
  • Counseling
  • Career Services
  • Retention Specialist
  • First Year Experience Coordinators