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Academic advising steering committee

Academic Advising Steering Committee

Faculty Senate

February 23, 2012


Committee charge

Committee charge

To provide the highest quality of academic advising for all students, from admission to graduation, a campus-wide committee (April 2011) was charged with helping to design a comprehensive advising plan that will

  • Identify goals of effective academic advising and standards of practice for advising all students

  • Define assessment processes, and reward/recognition models for all advising functions

  • Maximize current resources available, and identify new resources needed to reach our goals

    In order to achieve full adoption of the final advising plan, it should be consistent with articulation agreements and be endorsed by the Academic Deans as well as the Enrollment Services Advisory Committee.


Committee members

Committee members

  • Co-chairsMike Honhart (Sen Exec Com), Jayne Richmond (UC)

  • Teaching Effectiveness Committee chair Jim Kinnie

  • Arts and Sciences: Earl Smith, Matt Bodah

  • Business:Peg Boyd, Kathryn Jervis

  • CELS:Ann Veeger, Kim Anderson

  • Pharmacy:Ron Jordan, Denise Gorenski

  • Engineering:George Veyera

  • Nursing:Michaela Mooney

  • HSS:Nancy Kelley

  • UC:Linda Lyons

  • CCE:Tammy Vargas

  • Student Affairs:Jason Pina

  • Faculty Senate:Mike Honhart

  • Education:Kees De Groot

  • Student representatives:Chris Caisse

  • Enrollment services:Jack Humphrey

  • Talent Development:Sharon Forleo/Joanna Ravello

  • Communication Studies:Lynn Derbyshire, Martha Waitkun

  • IEP:Sigrid Berka

  • Psychology:Trish Morokoff/Su Boatright

    members are jointly appointed by Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the Provost for terms of 1-3 years, include at least one representative from each college, one representative from Enrollment Services, and the Chair of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee


Committee priorities

Committee priorities

  • Identify best practices for excellent advising for students and advisors – UC and each degree-granting college

  • Clarify policies and practices in all colleges, including expectations of faculty, staff, and students, from “Admission to Graduation”

  • Make recommendations for maximizing current resources and requests for new resources

  • Provide models for advisor handbooks, advising mission statements, and advising web statements

  • Conduct cost analysis of opportunities and losses for various advising models

  • Identify and make recommendations regarding recognition and reward structures


Best practices examples of our focus

Best practices examples of our focus

  • Advisor role assignments

    • Reward and recognition (release time, T&P, appt. letters, ratios, summer and intersession)

  • Communication between advisors and advisees

    • Welcoming letters, advising statements, expectations, assignments, graduation time lines

    • Early Alert notifications, semester progress evaluation

    • Information about the major, standardized curriculum templates within each college

  • Technology

    • Use of URIadvisement (office hours, contact notes), degree audits (APR), transfer credit evaluations (TES, NOLIJ, prior approval), query resources


Best practices examples cont

Best practices – examples cont.

  • Training

    • Monitoring academic progress

    • Using advising technology (URIadvisement, MapWorks, TES, APRs, queries)

    • Referrals (Early Alert, Honors, AEC)

    • Group advising, individual advising, student outreach

    • Curriculum knowledge – major, general education requirements

    • Special populations- probation, undeclared, honors, athletes, DSS

    • Academic policies - dismissals, conditional, readmissions, second grade options, petitions, prior approvals, academic calendar, FERPA

    • Use of advisor holds

  • Assessment

    • Learning outcomes (CAS and NACADA)

    • Student and advisor self evaluation

      • Knowledge

      • Satisfaction

      • Effectiveness

    • Cost analysis and retention consequences


Next steps

Next steps

  • Report to Provost with recommendations

  • Share campus-wide resources around best practices:

    • Handbook – policies and practices

    • Communication

    • Training

    • Assessment

  • Create on-going advising oversight committee with focus on resource needs and assessment


Sample web statement

Sample web statement

  • Our college is committed to accurate and timely advisement, frequent communication with advisees, integrity of the student’s academic record, and an emphasis on academic success, achievement and challenge. Each student will be encouraged to create an academic plan, well-suited to their aptitudes and interests, with a long term goal of maximizing campus offerings while still achieving timely graduation.


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