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Academic Advising Conference

The 2nd Annual UC Academic Advising Conference

Strategies for Today's Realities and Tomorrow's Challenges

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tangeman University Center


Academic advisors must play a critical role to coordinate students' learning experiences into a clear educational plan that will result in a quality degree and broadly applicable education.  As such, professional development experiences for advisors helps to expand awareness, develop skills, and exchange best practices.

2013 Academic Advising Conference Concurrent Session Descriptions

Some of the presentations and handouts have been made available by the session facilitators.  See below.

Track 1:  Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Advising Veterans Students—Susmita Saha, Sgt. Jack Johnson, Deborah Shinall

Veteran students have unique characteristics, obstacles and endeavors that are different from traditional and non-traditional students.  The academic and social integration of these students and achieving a sense of belonging on campus can be a difficult and gradual process.  Numerous veterans return with disabilities and/or psychological issues further adding hardship in their academic journey.   It is reported this population has a high drop-out rate. The goal of the presentation is to educate advisors on the academic policies of the GI Bill, services offered by UC Veteran Services & Programs, the veteran students’ academic preparations, their transition from a military culture to civilian & campus culture, and the advising philosophies needed to retain this population. 


The Brave New World of Experiential Learning at UC: Something for Everyone—Zach Osborne, Cindy Damschroder, Stacey Hummeldorf, Darnice Langford, Rich Robles, Michael Sharp, Anita Todd

This session will focus on exploring the significant changes that have taken place in the Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning (ProPEL) over the last few years and how these changes have positioned ProPEL to serve a much more diverse population of students than was possible in the past. As the unit has changed, greater flexibility, variety of offerings, and ability to respond to specific needs of specific student populations has increased; this session will provide participants with an understanding of this new landscape of ProPEL.


Advising Beyond Campus: Perspectives from advisors who travel abroad with their students—Amber David, Charlie Scruggs

Handout provided

Two advisors traveled with students to Africa as participants in the UC International Faculty-led Study Abroad Mentoring program. The program was developed to support the UC2019 goal to increase the number of students that study abroad. In preparation for the trip, the advisors attended campus-based classroom meetings, graded assignments and learned strategies for organizing and leading a study tour. During this session, they will share their insights from this unique experience and offer tips for applying a study aboard mentoring grant.


Integrating Social Justice and Academic Advising—Robin Selzer, Justin Gibson, Mercedes Langford, Kate Petach

Handout provided

Advising literature has explored the needs of underrepresented students, but what about Advisors? How do our identities impact the way we work with students? NACADA created a new goal that focuses on diversity and inclusivity as a part of their strategic plan. Academic Advisors can take the lead in integrating social justice and academic advising. In this session, Advisors representing several UC colleges engage in role-plays, drawn from advising experiences and connected to advising specific student populations. We will introduce practices that facilitate a deeper understanding of diverse student identities and strategies to intervene against unjust systems and individualized discriminations.


A Discussion on Advising Students that Pursue Semester Study Abroad Experiences—Jill Reister, Sue Roth, Kimberly McGinnis

More and more UC students are interested in spending a semester abroad but perceive working in an international experience to be too difficult with all of their other UC academic requirements.  Advisors from two colleges as well as from UC International Programs will discuss some challenges in advising students about long term study abroad experiences and how to work around these challenges. Getting everyone on the same page can really help more students take advantage of international opportunities. There will be ample time for discussion and UC International will share other ways advisors can get involved in study abroad. 



Track 2:  Technology, Innovation, and Assessment

Social Media in Higher Education: Are students really paying attention?—Michael Farrell, Jessica Willard

In a generation where traditional college students have never known a world without the Internet, it is more important than ever to be able to create up-to-the-minute notices on deadlines, procedures, updates, and campus/college social events! Social media has evolved into a tool that many in higher education have used to reach students directly in a timely manner. It is important to know the most effective ways to reach and engage students so they can continue the conversation around their path to graduation. Join us as we explore different tactics, opinions, and ways to engage students through the use of social media.


Appreciative Advising in a Group Setting: Balancing Advisor Time & Student Development—Jessica King and Erin Alanson    

Powerpoint provided

As advising case loads and responsibilities increase, it is increasingly challenging for advisors to find enough time to help students pursue opportunities aligned with personal and professional goals. Referencing second year literature and Bloom, Hutson, and He’s Appreciative Advising model, this session will explore the feasibility of addressing individual student needs through group advising. Using one model of group advising implemented with second year honors students at UC, we will discuss benefits and challenges of implementing group advising with direct reference to literature and best practices. Participants are encouraged to share possibilities for further implementation of group advising specific to their unique student groups.


Motivational Interviewing —Lauren Clark

Powerpoint provided

Motivational Interviewing, with its origins in counseling, is a student centered tool for making changes.  It relies on individuals’ intrinsic motivation and interest to change using non-confrontational approach.


Track 3:  Personal Foundation and Professional Practice

How to Avoid Emotional Burnout—Brigit Hagood

Building Bridges, Not Silos: Interdepartmental Advising—Michela Buccini, Sue Roth, Stephen Sovilla, Lisa Violand, Catherine Willoughby

Powerpoint provided

Exploratory Studies at the three UC campuses have collaborated our efforts in order to develop our own professional development as well as better support and serve our students. These efforts have included cross-campus shadowing, resource sharing, and quarterly meetings to facilitate professional growth, and connections between new and seasoned advisors within Exploratory Studies and Career Services. Through our efforts we have realized the importance of cross-campus communication to improve our programs and the transition of students in between campuses. We presented our Exploratory Studies programs and cross-campus collaboration at the NACADA Regional Conference. This helped us build our professional development and hear from other advisors across our region. The panel discussion will engage others about how to collaborate in order to improve themselves, programs, and communication at UC.


New Advisor Roundtable—Pierre James, Jenn Rybski

When new advisors come to campus, this can feel like an overwhelming task learning and mastering all of the many layers contained within the job of a University of Cincinnati advisor. The information to be presented will serve as an academic advising syllabus for new advisors across campus. This professional development opportunity will have an impact on advising by giving new advisors on campus a detailed explanation of how to use every day advising tools and functions such as degree audit, UNIVERSIS, and blackboard, give an understanding of policies and procedures, and help new advisors develop self-improvement strategies.


Placement Testing: Past, Present, and Future—Angela Zippin

Powerpoint provided

College students are being quizzed months before they get into the classroom--in the form of placement tests. Questions about the fairness and accuracy of these tests are--and should be--asked. Are they placing students into the appropriate courses? What are they measuring? How much of a role should they play in academic advising? These questions will be explored using data collected from various placement testing systems, including UC’s own Math Placement Test, and will include the first-hand account of a testing professional suddenly immersed in the world of placement testing.


Keeping your Sunny Side Up: Simple Strategies for Improvement and Sustentation of Professional Etiquette—Beth Shelton

Professional etiquette is an essential component to any successful career.  It is the gateway to advancement and improvement, but can also be a silent barrier.  In this presentation, we will discuss the characteristics of an outstanding first impression while also identifying the biggest (and easiest) mistakes professionals make.  We will also delve into strategies on how to maintain exceptional professionalism after the first impression and how to use etiquette to your advantage.  In short, you will walk away with tips and tricks on how to always keep your sunny side up!


Assessment in Advising—Adrian Hall

Powerpoint provided