Beyond Retention: An Appreciative Approach To Optimizing Student Learning & Engagement
Although student retention rates are important, they do not adequately capture the essence and stories of the individual students these numbers represent. Students are retained one student at a time, and it is crucial that administrators, staff, and faculty partner together to optimize student learning experiences. This webinar will introduce an exciting concept that has been proven to impact positively student retention, GPAs, and satisfaction in and out of the classroom. 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. The webinar will first explore the six phases of Appreciative Advising Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don't Settle.
We will also showcase how to successfully adapt this appreciative approach in developing and teaching first-year experience courses. Participants will then 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, admissions. Data will be presented that underscores how the 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.
- Academic advisors
- Advising administrators
- Student affairs professionals
- Vice-Presidents of Student Affairs
- Student affairs leaders
- University 101 instructors
- University 101 coordinators
- Retention Coordinators
- Academic coaching professional
Jennifer L. Bloom, Ed.D. joined the Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology at Florida Atlantic University in August 2015 as an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Higher Education Leadership Masters Degree Program. She previously served as a Clinical Professor and Director of the Masters degree program in the Higher Education & Student Affairs Program housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies at the University of South Carolina (USC) from August 2007 to August 2015. Prior to USC, she served as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs & the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995.
Dr. Bloom is a co-founder of the Appreciative Advising and Appreciative Education movements. She established the annual Appreciative Advising Summer Institute, the Appreciative Education Conference, an on-line Appreciative Advising course, the process for Certifying Appreciative Advisers, and other exciting initiatives related to Appreciative Advising and Appreciative Education.
Dr. Bloom served as the 2007-08 President of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). She received the NACADA Outstanding Advising Administrator Award in 2005 and University of Illinois Campus Academic Professional Excellence Award in 2007. In 2008, she received the University of South Carolina's Black Graduate Student Associations Faculty Mentor Award. In 2011, she was named the Faculty Partner of the Year by the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support at the University of South Carolina. From July to December 2013, Dr. Bloom and her work was featured in bi-weekly full-page ads in the Chronicle of Higher Education for ChronicleVitae - the newspapers new online career social media venture.
Dr. Bloom has co-authored 5 books, 4 book chapters, and 23 articles. She co-founded and serves as a section editor for the Journal of Appreciative Education (JAE). Dr. Bloom has delivered 25 webinars and 300+ presentations on her work at institutions and conferences across the country.
Bryant L. Hutson is an Associate Director for Student Academic Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He coordinates programming and assessment for a number of student support and retention efforts, including First-Year Experience and at-risk student programs. His office received the Noel-Levitz Retention Excellence Award in 2004 and 2009, and the NACADA Outstanding Advising Program Award in 2004 for programs based in Appreciative Advising.
Bryant holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in educational research, measurement, and evaluation. He co-authored The Appreciative Advising Resolution with Jenny Bloom and Ye He, and has made over 40 peer-reviewed presentations at national conferences and has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals on academic advising and student retention. His research focuses on academic advising, student retention programs, and program evaluation. Previously, he was research associate at the Center for Educational Research and Evaluation in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Hutson also served as the state representative of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) for North C.
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