2017 Annual Academic Advising Summit

2017 Acacemic Advising Summit

Third Annual Academic Advising Summit

Academic Adviser

The Purpose of the Summit

The purpose of this summit is to bring together faculty and staff advisors in order to create a community of professionals that will strive to utilize evidence based best practices. The community can then create a student centered problem solving model, which will be implemented to create campus wide efficiencies regarding policies and procedures. Ultimately the goal is 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!

Academic Advising Summit Learning Objectives

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 1st 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 2nd 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 shared important college-specific data about the degree requirements keep CSUDH students from graduating. The keynote speaker was 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.

The 3rd Annual Advising Summit held on May 12, 2017 was the last meeting in the advising training series sponsored by the University Advising Council continuing the journey with several breakout sessions, keynote address, and a final session.

Breakout Session A:

Finding your place: The Dominguez Hills Transfer Learning Community
by Stephanie Chito, Academic Advisor, University Advisement Center

Created with the vision of expanding institutional support for underrepresented students, and to serve as a bridge for first-time transfer students as they acclimate to their new campus environment, the Dominguez Hills Transfer Learning Community provides the supportive connections and resources needed for transfer student success. In this session, we discussed and discovered ways the campus community can partner together to support and engage this often overlooked new student population.

Breakout Session B:

Reactivating the dream: Returning for graduation and beyond
by Stephanie Gonsalves, Academic Advisor, University Advisement Center

Just as our students need tools such as degree audits, roadmaps, catalogs, faculty, and staff to guide them When students stop out from their education, do they ever come back? Colleges and universities struggle with losing students because of family, work, or medical issues, but they don’t have the time or resources to follow up with students, even those close to graduating. CSU Dominguez Hills tackles this challenge by working with students who left and have returned to finish their degrees, and by reaching out to students at risk, or those who recently left the university. During 2015 – 2016, 145 returning students were supported towards degree completion, and 135 have successfully earned their degrees. Learn how your department can create a similar program for returning students close to graduation. Participants will share and discuss their own approach for supporting returning students.

Keynote Address

Telling your Story: Building intentional assessment into your daily work
by Dr. Maruth Figueroa , Director, Toro Learning Center

Developing a culture of assessment can be daunting in our already hectic schedules. However, building intentional assessment practices will inform future support services while understanding student needs, and help us prepare to tell our story. During this interactive session we explored resourceful assessment methods, and discussed strategies to make student-learning evident in our daily work.

Final Session:

Closing the loop: Collaborating with faculty to use EAB progress reports to support student success
by Lauren Redman, Student Success Coordinator, Athletics

This presentation provided an overview of the EAB Progress Report Campaign feature (early alert system) and its benefits of identifying students in academic difficulty by tracking grades, attendance, and areas of concern. It will also highlight the current use of the EAB Progress Report Campaign in the Department of Athletics through findings and best practices. Advisors will learn how to build a campaign through EAB to better identify and support at-risk students while collaborating with faculty to connect students with resources and support services. Advisors will be encouraged to share ideas for effectively supporting students by recognizing opportunities and challenges of progress reports.

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CSUDH 2017 Outstanding Academic Advisors

Outstanding Toro Academic Advisor Awards

Congratulations to the 2017 Outstanding Toro Academic Advisor Award recipients - Lisa Langford, Academic Advisor, College of Health, Human Services & Nursing; Elsa Sanchez, Academic Advisor, University Advisement Center; and Adrianna Williams, Academic Advisor, Educational Opportunity Program! The awards provided a unique and important opportunity to honor the hard work and dedication to student success that our CSUDH faculty and staff advisors demonstrate on a daily basis. The Outstanding Toro Academic Advisor Awards committee received heart-warming appreciation, accolades, and nominations in support of these educators which shared in their journey!

Many thanks to the faculty and staff advisors who participated in the 3rd Annual Academic Advising Summit, and made it a successful advising learning and training forum.