Students are retained one student at a time and it is crucial that administrators, staff, and faculty partner together to optimize student learning experiences. Based on the organizational development theory of Appreciative Inquiry and the positive psychology literature, Appreciative Advising provides a flexible framework for professionals seeking to optimize student success.
This webinar will define Appreciative Advising, provide an overview of the six phases of Appreciative Advising, and provide participants with specific ideas for optimizing their interactions with students. The webinar will first explore the six phases of Appreciative Advising – Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don’t Settle. Successful adaptations of this appreciative approach in first-year and retention programs will be showcased. Participants will also learn how each phase can be adapted to use in a wide variety of in-class and extracurricular venues, including residence life, career counseling, financial aid, University 101 courses, Greek affairs, and admissions. Data will be presented that underscores how Appreciative Advising can be used to impact student retention rates and much more.
- Understand the theoretical infrastructure behind Appreciative Advising, including a brief overview of Appreciative Inquiry
- Understand and apply the six phases of Appreciative Advising: Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don’t Settle
- Learn how to ask positive, open-ended questions that will help professionals and faculty build rapport with students
- Learn how to use verbal and non-verbal immediacy behaviors that can put students at ease
- Explore potential adaptations of the model in participants’ individual working environment
- 2-year institutions & 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)
- Career Services
- Retention Specialist
- First Year Experience Coordinators