2016 Annual Academic Advising Summit

2016 CSUDH Academic Advising Summit

Second Annual Academic Advising Summit

CSUDH advisors integrate Student Advising Learning Outcomes

The Purpose of the Summit

The purpose of the annual spring Academic Advising Summit is to create intentional learning opportunities for faculty and staff advisors to celebrate evidence based best practices to advance the field of advising at CSU Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

The annual sessions are intended to create a student and learning centered problem-solving model to identify and implement campus wide efficiencies on policies and procedures. Ultimately the goal is to determine new and effective ways to retain our valued students and support them on their journey to earning their degrees and becoming life-long learners who navigate complexity, diversity and change.

Academic Advising Summit Learning Objectives

Learning objectives were established for the second Academic Advising Summit:

  • Participants will learn how they can integrate Student Advising Learning Outcomes into their advising sessions with students.
  • The annual sessions are intended to create a student and learning centered problem-solving model to identify and implement campus wide efficiencies on policies and procedures. Ultimately the goal is to determine new and effective ways to retain our valued students and support them on their journey to earning their degrees and becoming life-long learners who navigate complexity, diversity and change.

Academic Advising Summit Program

The first annual Academic Advising Summit launched in spring 2015 as the premier advising training opportunity for faculty and staff advisors from all across the CSUDH campus. The successful first Summit, with an attendance of 45 faculty and staff advisors, provided the foundation for cross-divisional collaboration and advising training in a partnership which continues to underpin and support CSUDH student success. Working together in teams, faculty and staff advisors crafted a CSUDH Advising Mission Statement, and a series of Student Advising Learning Outcomes (SALO) for every undergraduate class level.

Building on that same momentum of cross-divisional collaboration, the second annual Academic Advising Summit brought 34 faculty and staff advisors together again for partnership and training on Friday, May 12, 2016 on the fifth floor of the North Library, this time to understand and apply FERPA and campus privacy rules to advising sessions, and create effective advising notes which are stored electronically and will be shared with undergraduate students on their Academic Requirements Reports.

Dr. Bridget Driscoll, Associate Vice President of Retention, University Academic Advising, and Learning gave a warm welcome to participants, and shared important college-specific data about the degree requirements keep CSUDH students from graduating.

Susan Black, Director of the University Advisement Center, introduced the keynote speaker, Matthew Rust, JD, from Indiana University.  Dr. Rust’s dynamic and interactive presentation addressed the application of FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) to academic advising at CSUDH, specifically focusing on effectively capturing advising interactions with students in advising notes to be in compliance with FERPA and CSUDH privacy rules and policies.  Dr. Rust shared five case studies designed to help advisors analyze and discuss how they would apply FERPA in various student situations.

CSUDH Advisors engaged in learning outcomes CSUDH Advisors learning best practices in advising CSUDH Advisors demonstrate proficiency in writing advising notes
CSUDH Advisors presenting certificates for Outstanding Academic Advisors

Outstanding Toro Academic Advisor Awards

The second part of the program included the unveiling of the first annual Outstanding Toro Academic Advisor Awards.  The awards provided a unique and important opportunity to honor the hard work and dedication to student success that our CSUDH staff and faculty advisors demonstrate on a daily basis.  The Outstanding Toro Academic Advisor Awards committee received 136 nominations for 82 different faculty and staff advisors with 15 faculty and staff advisors selected as 2016 recipients.

Graduate and undergraduate students responded enthusiastically to the call for nominations, and students wrote poignant, heart-warming descriptions of the support, encouragement, and advice they had received from their staff and faculty advisors.  Many students mentioned how their advisors challenged them to think about their education in different ways, and cited their advisors as key to their academic success during their time at CSUDH.  Several students said that their faculty and staff advisors had encouraged them to go on to masters or doctoral programs after graduation from CSUDH.  One faculty advisor was nominated eight times by eight different students while two different staff advisors were nominated six times by six different students.

Congratulations to the 2016 Outstanding Toro Academic Advisor Award recipients! There was a call for nominations for the Outstanding Toro "Faculty and Staff" Academic Advisors. Students provided an overwhelming response of heart-warming appreciation, accolades, and nominations in support of these educators which shared in their journey! The awards committee looks forward to receiving even more nominations in 2017. Many thanks to the faculty and staff advisors who participated in the Second Annual Academic Advising Summit, and made it a successful advising learning and training forum. The next Academic Advising Summit, scheduled for May 2017, will be the last meeting in the advising training series sponsored by the University Advising Council.

Academic Advising Summit Assessment

I feel knowledgeable on how to integrate Student Advising Learning Outcomes (SALO) into advising sessions with students.
Strongly Agree41%
Agree41%
Undecided18%
Disagree0%
Strongly Disagree0%
I feel comfortable after participating in Dr. Matthew Rust's presentation documenting student notes based off best practices shared.
Strongly Agree55%
Agree45%
Undecided0%
Disagree0%
Strongly Disagree0%
I feel proficient in writing advising notes that incorporate the Student Advising Learning Outcomes, and ensure transparency, clarity, and accuracy for timely degree completion and to keep all advisors on the same page.
Strongly Agree35%
Agree55%
Undecided5%
Disagree5%
Strongly Disagree0%
I feel the Second Annual Advising Summit was beneficial and informative.
Strongly Agree57%
Agree38%
Undecided5%
Disagree0%
Strongly Disagree0%
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