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ECSE Advising. 10 September 2003. From the CSE ABET Report. Program does not regularly and measurably advise students Percentage of students who see advisors is low Alumni evaluations of advisor value-added are extremely low.

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ecse advising

ECSE Advising

10 September 2003

Kenneth A. Connor

from the cse abet report
From the CSE ABET Report
  • Program does not regularly and measurably advise students
  • Percentage of students who see advisors is low
  • Alumni evaluations of advisor value-added are extremely low.
  • Seniors report a 60% satisfaction rate with helpfulness or information provided by advisors

Kenneth A. Connor

from the cse abet report1
From the CSE ABET Report
  • Program appears not to require advisors and students to meet at all.
  • Offers optional, large-group meetings as the alternative.
  • It has not been demonstrated that this approach meets student needs or that it permits the program to adequately determine its success in meeting program objectives.

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from the cse abet report2
From the CSE ABET Report
  • Program does not appear to regularly and measurably monitor students.
  • CAPP form is sent to all students
    • It is not evident that assigned advisors monitor the CAPP
    • or that any faculty member monitors student progress using the CAPP or other methods to determine program success in meeting program objectives.

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from the cse abet report3
From the CSE ABET Report
  • Program does not appear to have or enforce an understood, repeatable, enforceable policy for the validation of courses taken for credit elsewhere.
  • In preparation for the review, the EAC anticipates receiving evidence that planned changes to the advising process have been implemented.

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background
Background
  • Feedback received from surveys of graduates (selected from classes that are 2 and 6 years from graduation) and graduating seniors suggests strong dissatisfaction with academic advising in the EE and CSE programs.
  • Advising in general at Rensselaer has been under stress for some time since we have moved from paper to online registration.

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background1
Background
  • Problems are recognized throughout the Institute.
  • Problems are more critical within ECSE and especially within the CSE program, because of our large student population and small faculty.

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taskforce report feb 03
Taskforce Report (Feb 03)
  • Expand resources to assist advisors
    • Improve training for all advisors
    • Add full-time advising staff to assist faculty and students in schools and departments with large numbers of students
  • Strengthen early warning systems for students at all levels

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taskforce report
Taskforce Report
  • Develop means for students to get answers to their career related questions
  • Require all students to meet with their advisors at least once each year
  • Continue development of online resources to aid both advisor and advisee

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hkn survey
HKN Survey
  • How satisfied with advising services 1.7/4
  • Advisor knowledge 2.3/4
  • Advisor’s effort in personalizing advice 1.6/4
  • Discussed plans with advisor?
    • Grad school 20%
    • Employment 40%

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hkn survey1
HKN Survey
  • Have you attended ECSE meetings on
    • Grad School 50%
    • Employment 50%
  • How often do you meet with your advisor?
    • 50% once a semester
    • 30% once a year
    • 20% never

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hkn survey2
HKN Survey
  • Advisor meeting preference
    • Phone 0%, Email 20%, In person 80%
  • Is your advisor accessible?
    • 45% yes

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hkn survey3
HKN Survey
  • Advice Preference
    • One-on-one meetings with advisor
    • Regular advising office hours staffed by ECSE advisors
    • Small group meetings with advisor
    • Extensive advising information (FAQ) provided on a Webpage
    • Talking to friends
    • Extensive advising information provided as a printed handout

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hkn survey4
HKN Survey
  • Advice Preference (significantly less)
    • Regular office hours staffed by students and advisors
    • Small group meetings run by students
    • Catalog
    • Regular office hours staffed by students
    • Large group meetings run by several faculty advisors
    • Large group meetings run by advisor
    • Large group meetings run by students

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online advising resources
Online Advising Resources
  • Engineering School in RPI Catalog
  • Course Descriptions in Catalog
  • Advising and Learning Assistance Center
  • Academic information for ECSE (will be combined with Advising)
  • Advising information for ECSE
  • Senior Design information for ECSE

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slide16

From 2002-2003 Catalog

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ecse advising1
ECSE Advising
  • Academic Advisor (Faculty)
    • Meets with advisees once each year either in small groups or individually
    • During the junior year, before the spring advising and registration period, meets with advisees to plan remainder of undergraduate courses using the degree templates, available on the ECSE website.
    • Recommends to to ECSE Chair and Undergraduate Committee changes in advising system.
    • Approves two course concentrations and forwards new concentrations to Undergraduate Committee for posting.

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ecse advising2
ECSE Advising
  • Academic Advisor (Staff)
    • Assists academic advisors with programmatic details
    • Maintains Undergraduate Handbook for students and resource materials for advisors.
    • Staffs Advising Office for 20 hours per week
    • Reviews all student records each term to identify potential problems with student course selection. Arranges meetings to remedy problems.
    • Provides readily available advice to students to supplement help from faculty advisor.
    • Recommends to ECSE Chair changes in job description and generally in advising system.

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ecse advising3
ECSE Advising
  • Academic Advisor (Staff)
    • Performs preliminary and final degree clearance
    • After preliminary and final degree clearance for graduating seniors, informs students of their status.
    • Maintains survey instruments and analyzes data from an annual survey of undergraduates
    • Assesses data from graduate survey relating to advising
    • Reports on status of advising program annually to ECSE faculty
    • Co-op advising
    • All other advising tasks formerly done by Curriculum Chair.

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ecse advising4
ECSE Advising
  • Undergraduate Committee
    • Develops and maintains assessment tools for the advising system with the assistance of the Undergraduate Advisor, Faculty Advisors and student groups (HKN and IEEE).
    • Analyzes assessment data and make recommendations based on the analysis
    • Develops changes in the advising system to be discussed and approved by the ECSE faculty.

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ECSE Advising
  • Student Responsibilities
    • Meet with advisor either in small groups or individually at least once each year
    • During the junior year, before the spring advising and registration period, meet with a faculty advisor to plan remainder of courses using the degree templates available on the ECSE website.
    • Provide feedback to HKN, the IEEE Student Branch, the ECSE Undergraduate Committee, the undergraduate advisor, faculty advisor or the ECSE Chair on the quality of advising and make recommendations for changes.

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graduate advising
Graduate Advising
  • Recommended to the Grad Committee
    • Require all graduate students to attend at least one seminar per month during the academic year.
    • Reduce the mandatory course requirements for the PhD, leaving this issue up to the advisor and student.
    • Differentiate the EE and CSE grad degrees, probably at the DQE

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new soe webpage
New SoE Webpage

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faculty listing
Faculty Listing
  • New SoE Webpage
  • To Modify Your Info
    • http://www.eng.rpi.edu/soe_admin
    • username:ecse and password: ecse
    • click on "faculty"
    • click on your name
    • click on “edit”
    • click on “submit"

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new faculty ad
New Faculty Ad
  • Please check the ECSE webpage under openings for our new faculty ad.
  • Encourage your friends and colleagues at other institutions to apply, since we are looking for candidates at all levels.

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one page research summaries
One Page Research Summaries
  • All but two of the groups have now provided the one PowerPoint slide summary of their research.
  • These slides will be available online

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