Creating An Effective Faculty Advising Program: How To Improve Student Success
In spite of the fact that faculty academic advising has the potential to become a central component in the delivery of quality services to students, its power is often unrealized by individuals in leadership positions on the college campus. National surveys find academic advising is second only to the quality of instruction among student priorities, while faculty surveyed at two- and four-year colleges overwhelmingly agree there is a relationship between advising and retention. Nevertheless, some individuals continue to view advising as a perfunctory and mundane process of helping students plan their class schedules. This session is intended to provide faculty members, decision makers, and resource allocators with a better understanding of the essential, multifaceted role faculty advisors play in student success and institutional effectiveness.
Part 1 of this 2-part workshop will focus on the critical nature of academic advising and affirm the importance of the role faculty play in its delivery. Part 2 will focus on best practices in support of faculty advisors.
- Review factors that underscore the centrality of faculty academic advising
- Understand the status of critical components that support faculty advising
- Discuss what students think about faculty advisors
- Discuss what faculty members say about their role as advisors
- Build a blueprint for the enhancement of faculty advising
- Understand the critical relationship between training, assessment, and recognition and reward for faculty advisors
- Delineate the components of a quality faculty advisor development program
- Identify the array of techniques for engaging faculty in development programs
- Consider critical issues in the assessment of advising delivered by faculty members
- Understand what motivates faculty to engage in advising
- 2-year institutions & 4-year institutions
- Vice President of Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Dean of Instruction
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Retention Specialist
Thomas Brown is a lifelong student and academic affairs educator with an impressive record of effectiveness in creating academic and student affairs programs that promote increased learning, achievement, and success. Tom served as Dean of Advising Services/Special Program at Saint Mary's College of California, was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the National Academic Advising Association, and was chairperson of the Prelaw Advisors National Council. Tom is currently Managing Principal of a consulting network that assists campuses to increase student success, build inclusive communities, and manage change ( www.tbrownassociates.com). He also writes an occasional column, The Advising Dean, for The St. Helena Star newspaper in California's Napa Valley ( http://napavalleyregister.com/star/).
His work is based on an integration of theories, research findings, and practical experience that makes a real difference for individuals and institutions.
- A consultant to more than 450 colleges and universities in the US and abroad
- Regularly invited to deliver keynote addresses at national conferences, campus colloquia, and professional development workshops for faculty and staff.
- Nationally recognized author and expert in retention, academic advising, promoting the success of at-risk students, international education, and diversity/inclusivity training.
- Recent publications include: Fulfilling the Promise of the Community College: Increasing First-Year Student Success, (co-editor and author) Critical Concepts in Academic Advising in The Academic Advising Handbook, Jossey Bass, 2008; Preparing Providers to Foster Student Success, in Fostering Student Success in the Campus Community, 2008; Advising Students of Color, in Academic Advising for Student Success and Retention, 1997, 2004
Dr. Wes Habley currently serves as senior consultant with Thomas Brown Associates after retiring as Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at ACT, Inc. On his retirement, Habley was awarded ACT's first Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and his Masters Degree in Student Development from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. His doctorate in higher education administration was earned at Illinois State University where he was recently inducted into the College of Education Hall of Fame. Habley has more than 50 published works on academic advising and student retention. His most recent publications include Increasing Persistence: Research-based Strategies for College Student Success (2012), Academic Advising: a comprehensive handbook (2000, 2008), Status of Academic Advising (2004) and What Works in Student Retention in (2004, 2010). He has delivered more than 200 presentations at professional meetings and has served as a consultant or workshop leader at more than 125 colleges in the US, Canada, and the Middle East. Habley is a founding Board member of NACADA and served as President and Treasurer. He served for 22 years as the Director of the Summer Institute on Academic Advising and is the recipient of NACADA's awards for service and for outstanding contributions to the field of advising.
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How much does a live webinar or on-demand training cost?
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What are the benefits of online training?
Cost-Effective: No travel required. Online Training is an innovative way to provide your entire faculty and staff with a variety of professional development opportunities for one low price! The more you train the more you save, as the registration fee is per institution, not per person.
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- Live: Promote and attend a live webinar and debrief immediately following.
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In-Service Training: Plan an in-service around a live webinar or schedule a day and time to show the recording in a lecture hall or large conference room and invite faculty and staff to brainstorm and discuss implications for your institution.
Online Faculty and Staff Learning Communities: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.
Staff Recognition: Develop a program around the webinar with monthly themes and recognize the staff members that implement the best idea related to the theme.
Team-Building: Utilize these trainings to develop cross-functional and cross-discipline teams to foster collegiality.
New Employee Training: Include the online training as part of your new employee training program to ensure consistency.
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