Empowering At-Risk Probationary Students Using Appreciative Advising Inside & Outside The Classroom
Institutions across the country have struggled to create initiatives that lead to increased retention rates for students on probation. This webinar will focus on two initiatives at the University of South Carolina one focused on individual coaching and the other on a special section of University 101that empower students to achieve good standing. The first is a programmatic initiative that helps students on probation and/or financial aid probation to devise and implement an academic plan for success. The Academic Coaching & Engagement program employs full-time staff and graduate students to serve as academic coaches for students experiencing academic difficulty. Participants will learn how ACE coaches translate the Appreciative Advising theory to practice.In addition, participants will discover how a special section of University 101 was created for students who had failed University 101 the previous semester and/or students who were on academic probation. We will review how the six phases of Appreciative Advising were infused throughout the curriculum and intentionally embedded into the design of the course.
- Understand the theoretical infrastructure behind Appreciative Advising
- Review the six phases of Appreciative Advising: Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don't Settle
- Learn how to infuse the six phases of Appreciative Advising into one-on-one meetings with students on probation as well as in a University 101 setting
- Explore how academic coaches can use Appreciative Advising in practice
- Receive suggestions about how to start either or both of these Appreciative Advising-inspired initiatives at their own campuses
- Academic Advisors & Advising Administrators
- Vice-Presidents & Deans of Student Affairs/Services
- Student Affairs/Services Staff
- University 101 Instructors & Coordinators
- First Year Experience Instructors & Coordinators
- Retention Coordinators
- Academic Coaches/Mentors
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Anyone who works with probationary students
"The six phases of Appreciative Advising can be easily adapted in curricular and co-curricular settings to help increase the retention rates for students on probation." ~ Jennifer Bloom and Claire Robinson
Jennifer Bloom is 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. Prior to her appointment at the University of South Carolina in August 2007, 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 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.
Dr. Bloom has co-authored four books. The first book, Career Aspirations & Expeditions: Advancing Your Career in Higher Education Administration, was released in 2003 and co-authored by Nancy Archer-Martin. The second book, The Appreciative Advising Revolution, was released earlier in September 2008 and is co-authored by Bryant Hutson and Ye He. The third is co-authored with Bryant Hutson, Ye He, and Claire Robinson and it is titled Appreciative College Instruction: Becoming a Force for Positive Change in the Student Success Courses (2011). The fourth was released in 2012 and is titled Increasing Persistence: Research-based Strategies for College Student Success. The co-authors are Wes Habley and Steve Robbins. Her research interests include appreciative advising, academic advising, career paths in higher education administration, leadership, and change management.
Claire Robinson serves as the Associate Director of the Student Success Center (SSC) at the University of South Carolina. In her role, she oversees several academic support programs including tutoring, the student success call center, and academic recovery initiatives. In addition, Claire coordinates the units planning and performance document the Blueprint for Strategic Excellence. She has been a member of the university's Planning, Assessment, and Innovation Council since 2009 and works with various units across the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support to assist in their strategic planning and assessment. Claire has directed the academic success coaching program since 2007. Using the Appreciative Advising framework, Claire trains graduate students who serve as academic coaching offering individualized student support on campus. She has consulted at several institutions on academic success coaching, succeeded in getting the ACE program CRLA level-three certified, and awarded program winner of a NASPA Excellence Bronze Award in academic support. Claire has written articles on academic coaching, appreciative advising, and co-authored the book Appreciative College Instruction: Becoming a Force for Positive Change in Student Success Courses. She also previously taught an academic recovery course and currently teaches a section of a freshmen seminar course.
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