Academic Advising Interventions For At-Risk Students: Applying Bowen Theory To Minimize Distance Behavior & Promote Persistence

Tuesday, June 12 ~ 1:00-2:00pm (Eastern)

In this webinar participants will make the connection between Bowen Theory’s concept of distance and advising “at-risk” students. The presenters will provide “Use of Self” techniques to minimize distance behavior in students as a measure of persistence.

  • Techniques on pre-empting distance behavior
  • Minimizing anxiety in the system, especially with “at risk” students
  • Recognizing how our behavior has an impact on distance behavior in our students

We all have advisees that avoid our contact. We email, call, and text with regularity and still no response. It is our job as advisors to reach out and build a relationship with all of our students, especially those that are academically at-risk. This is a challenging population to reach on many levels and for many reasons. Therefore, as academic advisors, how do we cope? And, is it possible that we unintentionally play a role in our advisees' behavior pattern?

To gain an understanding of Bowen Theory, the presenters will focus on two concepts, distance and cut-off. Bowen Theory was developed by psychiatrist Murray Bowen to explain behavior patterns in relationships in which anxiety is the trigger. For instance, if your institution uses an early alert system does that initiate a level of anxiety that causes students to distance or completely cut off their professional advisor, faculty advisor and other individuals within their support system? Could various channels of communication regarding word choice and contact method serve to perpetuate the behavior pattern of distance or cut-off for our students? What role does the advisor play in this phenomenon?

In this webinar, the audience will review how Bowen Theory can provide some answers and give academic advisors another way in which to view the actions of our students through a different lens. Academic advisors will be made aware of interventions they can easily insert into the advising session or new student orientation to minimize the likelihood that a student will distance or cut-off from those that are in the position to support their academic challenges and transitional situations.

Finally, participants will work on two case studies and come up with solutions to instances of distance and cut-off that may reflect on their work with advisees and the institutional policies that impact each student.

  • Coping through understanding with an overview of Bowen Theory
  • Recognizing the role of the academic advisor in the behavior pattern of distance and cut-off
  • Reviewing institutional policies that may contribute to instances of distance and cut off in advisees that are academically “at-risk"
  • Recognizing how language plays a role in students' motivation to reach out to professional and faculty advisors
  • Proactively address the likelihood of distance and cut-off in the new student orientation and beyond
  • 2-year & 4-year institutions
  • Academic Advising & Counseling
  • Faculty Advising
  • First Year Experience Directors
  • Sophomore Year Experience Directors
  • Multicultural Student Affairs
  • Retention Specialist
  • Diversity Directors
  • Living Learning Community Coordinators
  • Veterans Affairs
  • TRIO Coordinators
  • Any educator interested in learning more about Bowen Theory’s concept of distance

Photo of webinar speaker Eileen Synder.

Eileen Synder transitioned from the corporate world into higher education in 2005 as a Retention Manager and adjunct business instructor at Peirce College in Philadelphia. In that position she developed targeted retention and marketing communication strategies for adult learners, by utilizing a student centered focus cultivated from nearly twenty years working in sales, marketing and finance in which the most successful organizations are customer centered.  While at Peirce College she implemented a customer service initiative called Guided Peirce Services (GPS) and a scholarship program for returning adult learners. She worked to broaden the scope of the student ambassador program and corporate college program, in which college curriculum is administered both in the workplace and the community; her clients included, Comcast, Quest Diagnostics and Blue Cross Blue Shield.   In 2006, Eileen became interested in organizational development and how behaviors in the workplace align with Bowen Theory. In 2009, she completed a degree in Organizational Development and Leadership at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Currently, she is  an academic advisor at Georgia Southern University in Savannah, specializing in transfer and adult learners seeking STEM degrees in addition to instructing a  Student Success Seminar  for “at risk” students. In 2014, Eileen collaborated with financial aid to develop a persistence initiative to educate students in first year seminar courses on standards of academic progress; that program continues today.  She is a contributing writer for the departmental newsletter, providing career success stories of STEM alums.  Eileen is a frequent presenter at NACADA with a focus on personal narrative and adapting theories of Organizational Development, like Bowen Theory and the 4 Rooms of Change, to the work of academic advisors.  Her overarching goal is to provide all stakeholders committed to student success and persistence a new and different way to understand, and cope with the behavior of students facing multiple risk factors.  In past years, she has presented at ACHE, MACCA and MCAN. Eileen will publish her first article for Academic Advising Today in March, 2018.

Photo of webinar speaker Kristina Alexander.

Kristina Alexander completed her BS degree in Sport and Leisure Management at East Tennessee State University. She then went on to complete a MS in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After completing her graduate degree, she accepted an internship at the University of Memphis as an assistant academic advisor in Athletic academics.   She currently works as an academic advisor at Georgia Southern University, specializing in health professions and early childhood education. Her philosophy of advisement is appreciative in its scope, and serves to guide her students by providing a framework in which the student and advisor work from a strength based approach. Kristina is an active member of NACADA, presenting at both the regional and annual conferences. She is fast becoming a student of Bowen Theory, which deals more with student behavior and serves to complement an appreciative approach to helping students, understand and cope with triggers in the system that can derail their performance.

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We take quality seriously, and so all of our workshops are top notch in terms of content and look. However, if we know how you plan to use StudentLingo (FYE, Retention, Probation, TRIO, etc.), we can make workshop recommendations.


Funding is a little tight, how many workshops can I get for $XX?

You can buy the entire StudentLingo package (48 workshops) or we offer several a la carte options. Unlike a lot of other software companies, we don’t charge per user, so we can work with any budget. We recommend talking to other departments on campus to increase your purchasing power and to share the cost. Also, we do have a pay model whereby students pay directly. If you are interested in learning more about this option, give us a call.


Is there an admin view?

This is a feature of our platform, but comes at an additional cost. With the admin view, you get access to more advanced reporting, and you have it in real time. With the standard membership, you get monthly reports.


How have other schools leveraged reporting?
  • One of our partners, College of Southern Nevada, used StudentLingo to measure learning outcomes. in a study, one class had access to StudentLingo and the other cohort did not. 92% of the cohort with access to StudentLingo earned a whole letter grade higher than the cohort without StudentLingo.
  • A lot of our partners use the data to justify funding for grants, operating dollars, or for new program development.
  • The evaluation data is particularly useful in identifying what type of learning students prefer and the qualitative takeaways from viewing the workshop.
  • Some of our partners use the data to connect with their student information system, like Banner or Peoplesoft. 
  • I think a great way to get started on how you want to use the data is to ask yourself some questions:
    1. How will I know if StudentLingo was successful?
    2. What do I hope students will gain from access to StudentLingo?
    3. What data is important for me to know in order to show that StudentLingo is a worthwhile purchase?
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TutorLingo is a series of 9 online training modules that prepare tutors by providing the basic skills necessary to support their peers in becoming more independent and strategic learners.


Should the TutorLingo trainings be viewed in any particular order?

No, each training is a stand-alone workshop, and they can be viewed in any order.


What is the CRLA?

The CRLA is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring. In 1989, the CRLA created a training program that is considered ‘best-practice’ for tutor training. A fews years ago, Innovative Educators partnered with the CRLA to create supplementary training modules. Our training supports learning centers in achieving level 1 certification through CRLA.


Do CRLA members receive a discount on TutorLingo?

Yes. CRLA members receive a 10% discount on TutorLingo.


Is there an admin view?

Yes. The admin view is an upgrade and costs $500, but gives you the ability to access completion data more efficiently and in real time. If you don’t want the admin view, we provide monthly usage reports.

What is ParentLingo?

ParentLingo is a go-to resource that institutions can easily share with parents to encourage student independence, growth & success. ParentLingo is a shared resource that recognizes and includes parents as partners in the educational process.


What is the cost?

Please contact us for pricing information.  Email kristen@ieinfo.org or 303-955-0415.


What features are included?

Standard package:

  • 8 Targeted Modules For Parents Branding (Logo On Every Page)
  • ADA Compliant & Responsive Design
  • Promotional Materials
  • Registration (First Name, Last Name, Email)

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  • 8 Targeted Modules For Parents Branding (Logo On Every Page)
  • ADA Compliant & Responsive Design
  • Promotional Materials
  • Completion Reports & Standard Evaluations
  • Custom Branding (Logo & Institutional Photos)
  • 3 Additional Registration Points
  • Add & Edit Custom Content
  • Customizable Evaluations & Surveys Advanced Reporting
  • Designated Instructional Designer
  • Flexible Pricing (College Payment Option Or Parents Pay Directly)