2019 Academic Advising Summit

5th Annual Academic Advising Summit

Developing Strategies to Support Gen Z through Collaboration, Innovation and Technology

Advising Mission

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.

Academic Advisor Summit Vision

The Purpose of the annual CSUDH Academic Advising Summit is to bring together faculty and staff advisors to create a community of professionals that strives to utilize innovative, evidence-based best practices in support of student success. Through our time together, the community will continue to promote a student-centered, problem solving advising model implemented to create campus wide efficiencies regarding policies and procedures. Ultimately, the goal of advising at CSUDH is to retain our valued students and support them in earning their degrees as they become life-long learners, who navigate complexity, diversity and change!

Keynote Speaker

David Stillman
Co-Founder of Gen Z Guru, Author, Speaker

David Stillman is not new to the generational conversation. For over twenty years he has been called on by business executives, politicians, higher education and the media to share his expertise on how best to bridge generational gaps. David has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and the TODAY Show as well as NPR and in Fast Company, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.

His creative communications work has earned him numerous accolades including gold medals at the NY Film Festival, the much-coveted CLIO Award, and most recently was named as one of 200 People to Watch by the Business Journal as well as one of the Power50 in the state of MN.

In addition to being an internationally acclaimed speaker on the generations, David is also the co-author of two best-selling books including When Generations Collide and The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace. David’s latest book “Gen Z @ Work” published by HarperCollins describes the 7 key traits of Gen Z. He has co-authored this book with his Gen Z son, Jonah.

Toro Success Collaborative

  • Natalie Alacron, Sr. Business Analyst
  • Tara Hardee, University Registrar

CSUDH’s Division of Information Technology is committed to supporting Student Success by delivering the technologies to enhance the user experience and success of our Faculty, Staff and Students. This is a unique opportunity for DH to re-evaluate and re-implement the EAB system to better support your e-advising and the coordinated care needs of our students.  Our goal is to provide information on how your feedback and input into the Toro Success Collaborative can help us create a Coordinated Care Network at Dominguez Hills that will advance our goals towards “Student Success”.

Breakout Sessions

Toros Charge On!: Partnerships to Foster First Year Success through a Digital and Texting Campaign

  • Dr. Zoë B. Corwin, Pullias Center for Higher Education USC
  • Mayra Soriano, Director Encounter to Excellence

Representatives from USC’s Pullias Center for Higher Education, Get Schooled Foundation, and CSU Dominguez Hills to discuss their unique perspectives on the implementation and impact of the 2018-2019 Charge On! campaign, geared towards bolstering first year persistence on CSUDH’s campus. By diving deep into the campaign from multiple views, our goal is to reflect on lessons learned and share initial outcomes.

Enhancing Workflow and Efficiency in Advising Using Toro Success Collaborative (TSC) 

  • Lisa Langford, Lead Academic Major Advisor, College of Health Human Services, and Nursing
  • Adrianna Williams, Lead EOP Senior Advisor, Educational Opportunity Program

This session is intended for Advisors who are familiar with Toro Success Collaborative (formerly known as EAB-Navigate). During this session, the presenters will discuss how the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and the College of Health, Human Services and Nursing (CHHSN) utilize TSC for Advising Campaigns and Scheduling Appointments with Students and how TSC can enhance workflow and data collection for various advising units. The presenters will also discuss how to improve TSC to better suit the needs of all advising professionals on campus.

Web Conferencing: Integrating Innovative Advising Methodologies For Student Success

  • Melena, Graduation Retention specialist, University Advisement Center
  • Anete Klintsone, Academic Advisor, University Advisement Center

This session is intended to explore the use and effectiveness of innovative advising methodologies such as web conferencing using Zoom. During this interactive session, the presenters will introduce Zoom and how the University Advisement Center has implemented its use with over 5,000 of our non-traditional students who are unable to come to campus. Data will be provided to demonstrate the interaction, learning, and student satisfaction that took place based on assessment of pre and post-surveys. Participants will be directed to the process business guide for implementation in their areas. 

It Goes Down In the DMs: Advising Teams - Meeting the Students Where They Are

  • Tanae Aubry-McMillian, Administrative Coordinator & Social Media Specialist, University Advisement 

Traditionally, professionals in higher education use social media as a tool for event and workshop promotion. Utilizing social media to connect students to their Advisement Teams and access to general information increases student engagement and fosters feelings of connection to the University. The University Advisement Center (UAC) at California State University, Dominguez Hills started its Instagram in February 2018 and has gained over 700 followers within its first year. During this presentation, you will learn the context in which our campus partners have also used social media to engage with our valued Toros. The Advisement Team has been able to successfully engage with their students through Instagram stories and have produced 200+ interactions with each post which resulted in approximately 5,000 impressions per week with our page. Come learn how you can implement social media into your department and adhere to social media guidelines established by CSUDH to increase student engagement with your Advising Teams. 

Faculty Advising Fellows: Bridging the Gap Between Faculty and Advisors

  • Dr. Debra Best, English Department & Faculty Fellow

This session will provide an overview of the Faculty Advising Fellow Program and brainstorm ways to increase connections between faculty and advisors. The Faculty Advising Fellows Program is designed to increase quality advising on campus and student retention by involving university faculty more in the advisement of freshman, sophomores, and transfer students. Increased faculty contact outside of the classroom is linked to improved student success.