First Annual Academic Advising Summit

Academic Advising Summit

First Annual Academic Advising Summit

Academic Advisors

The Purpose of the Summit

The purpose of the Advising Summit was to bring together faculty and staff advisors to create a community of professionals who strive to utilize evidence based best practices, and to create a student and learning centered problem-solving model to be implemented to create campus wide efficiencies regarding policies and procedures. Ultimately the goal was to determine ways to retain our valued students and support them on their journey to earning their degree and becoming life-long learners who navigate complexity, diversity and change.

Learning Objectives

The following Advisement Learning Outcomes (ALOs) were established for the first Summit:

  • Participants analyzed academic advising processes to streamline efforts of effectively delivering pertinent information for student persistence to graduation
  • Participants composed a draft of Student Advising Learning Outcomes (SALO) for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, to guide academic advising practices
  • Participants began to apply evidence-based best practices to correlate with the following overall findings of the Task Force on Advising: (1) mission-centered, (2) intrusive, (3) proactive, (4) sustained, (5) diversified, (6) collaborative, (7) systemic, & (8) empirical (evidentiary)
  • Participants drafted a campus-wide Academic Advising Mission statement
  • Participants produced collaborative coalitions across different academic departments and divisions to build a holistic and comprehensive advisement system

Methodology

The first annual Academic Advising Summit, held on April 28, 2015, was created for the purpose of professional development and staying true to the belief that we are all life long learners. Therefore, with learning in mind, a group of advisors across divisions were chosen by their respective Deans, Associate Deans, and Department Heads to unpack and deconstruct advising practices on our campus. A total of 45 participants (94%), inclusive of faculty and staff, were present and contributed valued opinions, experiences, best practices, and constructive feedback. CSUDH advising practices were discussed, evaluated and drafted in preparation for the November, campus wide, Summit. The roundtable workshops were conducted in the Leo F. Cain Library on the 5th floor (south).

Academic Advising Summit Attendees
Academic Advising Exercise Participation

The following CSUDH Advising Mission Statement and Student Advising Learning Outcomes (SALOs) began development during the Academic Advising Summit in Spring 2015.  Each college and department is welcome to expand on and tailor SALOs to meet discipline specific needs.  For example:  The Music Department could create a senior year SALO related to planning for senior recitals.  The Mission Statement and SALOs have been shared and vetted across campus, and will continue to grow and evolve as advising on campus does as well.

Dr. Junn engaging attendees at Academic Advising Summit

Mission Statement

Academic advising at California State University, Dominguez Hills is a collaborative, accessible, and transformative teaching and learning experience that empowers students to develop educational plans consistent with their academic, professional, and personal goals; and encourages self-reliant problem solving, critical thinking, lifelong learning, and self-development.

Student Advising Learning Outcomes (SALOs)

Freshmen
students will be able to…

  • Identify their general education and major advisors
  • Access the Academic Requirements Report (degree audit) and identify the six graduation requirement areas
  • Review the academic roadmap with their team of advisors
  • Access, navigate, and utilize the information and tools located in the MyCSUDH student portal
  • Locate and utilize the University Catalog and Academic Calendar
  • Identify and utilize university resources
  • Understand financial aid stipulations and how they are connected to grades, units completed, and enrollment
  • Make connections between how course curricula prepares them for future career goals and to become lifelong learners

Sophomore
students will be able to…

  • Diagram an educational plan for their three year trajectory at CSUDH by using MyPlanner and seeking advisement on a regular basis
  • List the six graduation requirements and identify a timeline for the completion of each requirement
  • Assess their own knowledge of how a liberal education prepares them for a holistic understanding of their world, and how that produces critical thinking skills
  • Explore major interests, skills, and abilities in collaboration with advisors, faculty, and other student support staff
  • Establish meaningful connections with their major department faculty and staff
  • Determine academic standing and progress toward degree using the Academic Requirements Report
  • Participate in an interactive workshop, in partnership with the Career Center, to create an aspirational resume

Junior
students will be able to…

  • Participate in experiential learning through internships, volunteer work, civic engagement opportunities, service learning, and undergraduate research
  • Utilize campus resources such as the Career Center and Promoting Excellence in Graduate Studies (PEGS) to explore future educational and professional goals, and investigate paths to achieve those goals
  • Identify and meet with faculty members in student’s chosen academic/career field to discuss post-graduation goals and potential letters of recommendation
  • Differentiate between Commencement and the degree award process
  • Complete the application for award of degree
  • Confirm, with the support of faculty and staff advisors and the Academic Requirements Report (degree audit), that all graduation requirements are complete or will be complete by the student’s expected graduation date
  • For upper division transfer students:
    • Identify their general education and major advisors
    • Access the Academic Requirements Report (degree audit), understand the six graduation requirement areas, and identify a timeline for the completion of each requirement
    • Access, navigate, and utilize the information and tools located in the MyCSUDH student portal
    • Locate and utilize the University Catalog and Academic Calendar
    • Identify and utilize university resources

Senior
students will be able to…

  • Confirm with the support of faculty and staff advisors and the Academic Requirements Report (degree audit) that all graduation requirements are complete or will be complete by the student’s expected graduation date
  • Articulate a post-graduation plan
  • Meet with faculty members identified during junior year to request letters of recommendation
    Utilize Career Center to prepare for graduate school applications and/or applying for career opportunities
  • Adhere to established deadlines for applying to graduate school (if applicable)
  • Connect with Alumni Relations

Workshop Results:

Advising Alphabet Soup: Understanding the AR and ARRC (Session I & II)

I feel proficient in locating, navigating, and identifying deficiencies within the academic requirements/degree audit page
 Pre-TestPost-Test
Strongly Disagree0%0%
Disagree14%0%
Undecided21%0%
Agree36%40%
Strongly Agree29%60%
I understand the role & user responsibility of the advisor request system
 Pre-TestPost-Test
Strongly Disagree0%0%
Disagree27%0%
Undecided33%0%
Agree20%27%
Strongly Agree20%73%
I feel proficient in accessing and submitting advisor requests for courses substitutions
 Pre-TestPost-Test
Strongly Disagree13%0%
Disagree44%0%
Undecided13%0%
Agree6%53%
Strongly Agree25%47%
Drs. Junn and Boyum at Academic Advising Summit

Making A Comeback: Viewing Academic Probation and Disqualification as a Game Changer, Not a Game Ender
(Session I & II)

Prior to the start of the “Making a Comeback” session, advisors reported limited knowledge in regards to academic probation regulations, they were then given the following quiz to test their knowledge:

  1. Academic Probation occurs if all college work or attempted cumulative grade point average at the campus falls below 2.0.
  2. A student is notified only by the Office of Admissions and Records about their class standing.
  3. A student who falls on Academic Probation will have (1) semester to raise his/her GPA otherwise they will be academically disqualified.
  4. Students on Academic Probation are strongly encouraged to repeat and cancel courses that they received a D or F in as soon as possible.
  5. If a student is on academic probation they will not receive their financial aid package for the following semester.
  6. A student who falls on academic probation can still register for classes
  7. Academic Disqualification occurs when a student falls below a GPA of 1.5

Of advisors participating in the “Making a Comeback” session, each demonstrated 100% accuracy on the quiz after the presentation.

Academic Advising Summit with Bridget and attendee

Thank you to all attendees for your respected knowledge and input in building new, holistic ways to support student success. A theme from the Academic Advising Summit that mirrors the campus wide Report of the Task Force states that CSUDH must connect advisors from across campus and bridge the gap in communication. If you are interested in joining a new committee to create opportunities for clear communication across advising, email Dr. Bridget Driscoll at bdriscoll@csudh.edu

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