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1 Academic Advising at Miami University Setting the Context Dr. Susan Mosley-Howard Associate Vice President-Dean of Students Associate Professor-Educational Psychology

2 What’s the context? Missions at all levels of the university focus on student learning and development Knowledge, critical thinking, liberal education Synergy between student affairs and academic affairs

3 Institutional Structure Board of Trustees President David Hodge Provost and VP for Academic Affairs Jeffrey Herbst VP for Student Affairs Richard Nault VP for Information Technology Reid Christenberry VP for Finance and Business Services Richard Norman VP for Advancement Jayne Whitehead Equity & Equal Opportunity Human Resource Development Intercollegiate Athletics Art Museum University Communications & General Counsel Secretary to the Board

4 Theories to Inform our Thinking Developmental Perry Chickering Erikson Constructivists (Piaget) Baxter-Magolda

5 Advising Theories Developmental Prescriptive Engagement-Praxis

6 Model Comparison Advising TheoryDevelopmentalPrescriptiveEngagement-Praxis Core Assumptions Holistic, Relational, goal integration Authority-based, information Teaching-learning, goal clarification Focus of Outcome Personal development, goal acquisition Goal acquisitionHeightened personal investment in success

7 Keep in mind: Student/Outcomes Student success: self knowledge, matriculation, graduation, retention, prepare for transition to division Stage of development Millennial attributes Achieve liberal education principles as learners (e.g., critical thinking, perspective taking, engaging with others)

8 Advising Effectiveness (satisfaction) Advising approval 52% compared to 58% at public universities (YFCY, 2002) Advising approval 50% compared to 58% at public universities (YFCY, 2004)

9 Advising Effectiveness (quality) NSSE 2003 NSSE 2005 MiamiDoc-IntMiamiDoc-Int FY MiamiDoc-IntMiamiDoc-Int SR

10 Select Tips Advise for the future (teach along the way) Individualize (remember special needs) Development, Development, Development Remember the theories They just came from high school (first-year adjustment reaction syndrome) Remember the larger context-use resources

11 New Resource MyMiami Advisor Web page

12 Researcher & Student Voices Crookston Hemwall & Trachte Yarbrough Tinto Creamer McKeachie MU Students via CIRP, YFCY and NSSE


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