Presentation on theme: "Let’s Talk About The Advising Syllabus"— Presentation transcript:
1 Let’s Talk About The Advising Syllabus Sandy BaumanCourtney JohnsrudGreat Falls College MsuAdvising & Career CenterIntroduce ourselves. We want people to talk about the topics as we got through the presentation
2 Advising!“Good advising is one of the key conditions that promotes retention for it reflects an institutions commitment to the education of students.”Vincent Tinto“Good advising may be the single most underestimated characteristic of a successful college experience.”Richard Light
3 So Let’s TalkWhat does the philosophy of “advising as teaching and learning” mean to you? The conversations we had about this topic really led us to all that followsDo people agree with that statement?Talk about this for a few minutes and discuss as a group what this means.Get people talking
4 Teaching and Learning“An excellent advisor does the same for the student’s entire curriculum that the excellent teacher does for one course”Marc Lowenstein, 2005Shift – advising away from an administrative task to a teaching opportunity. This means not just a philosophical shift, but a shift in what we do.
5 A Syllabus What does the syllabus do? What are the benefits of using a syllabus?Can we just expect students to know and understand the value of advising?Lead a discussion briefly each of these questions
6 Topics for today How we did it? Who What Why How does it contribute to our campus culture?How and where do we use it?How do we plan to move forward?
7 Why include all of these groups? How did we do it – WHO?Advising & Career CenterExecutive Team representativeCommon Ground - Advisory BoardFacultyStudentStaffDistance FacultyWhy include all of these groups?Describe how our advising center operates – centralized, all students assigned to advisor, don’t change advisors, faculty advise competitive program studentsAsk - Who else would they want to include on their campus?
8 How did we do it – WHAT?First steps – Develop an advising mission statement that ties to the College’s mission statementAdvising is a teaching and learning process dedicated to student success. The Advising & Career Center will work collaboratively with the campus community to assist students in developing and implementing individual plans in order to live, work, and learn as active members of a global society.NACADA advise – develop your mission and tie everything back to it. Guides your processes, programs and curriculum. Must tie to the college mission.
9 How did we do it – WHAT?And we developed a common definition (course description) of advising that fits our college….Advising is a comprehensive educational process whereby students, faculty and advisors are partners in:providing encouragement and support;ensuring student academic success;identifying resources to help students achieve their personal, academic, and career goals;meeting essential learning outcomes; andengaging students throughout their entire experience at the College.Everyone looks at advising the same way – course description of what it is
10 The SyllabusWe followed our academic common syllabus template as much as possible – meets the guidelines of all syllabi on the campusHow did this help us……Make it relevant to the campus, division, etc that will be using itDon’t reinvent the wheel!Tied to academics which created a common connection to the faculty and put advising on the same levelNACADA resourcesResources – NACADA clearinghouse, publications, advising network
11 The Syllabus: The Parts Responsibilities of AdvisorsEncourage and guide students to define and develop realistic educational goalsCommunicate the College’s degree requirements, policies, and proceduresMonitor students’ progressResponsibilities of AdviseesClarify personal values and goalsBecome knowledgeable about college programs, policies and proceduresKeep a personal record of academic progressCreates the understanding that Advising is a two-way responsibilityTells students and the advisor what they can expect and do to get the most out of advising
12 The Syllabus – The Parts Learning OutcomesWhat do you expect students toKnow and Understand (policies and procedures)Do (navigate Banner Web)Value and Appreciate (role of advising)as a result of academic advisingExample: Students will develop a comprehensive, individual academic plan to graduationAs a new advising center, this was a primary focus in the first and second year as we transition almost all students to the Center
13 The Syllabus: The Parts Outcomes assessment – did you meet the learning objectives?Start small – measure 2-3 a yearCreates accountability to the student and the CollegeTies back to academics and accreditationEvaluates how well the process of teaching and learning is progressingLet’s students and the campus know that we are accountable for doing what we say we are going to doTies into our outcomes for the college and the individual courses – what we call Phase IV evaluation of each class
14 The Syllabus: The Parts Resources – on and off campusAdvising calendarMaterials (catalog, planning sheets, web, etc)Contact InfoWhat else?What could also be on the syllabus?
15 How did we do it – WHY? Buy in! Reinforce advising as an academic pursuit – it is more than course planningGive us a means for evaluating our progressGain cross-campus support for the new model of advisingLet the faculty know their students were going to be taken care of!
16 How does it contribute to our culture? Sets the tone for advising relationshipClarifies what advising is and the value it adds to the educational experienceMakes advising visible and transparent to the CollegeCreates mutual obligationsAccountabilityIt also creates a friendly and open relationshipPromotes communication with students, faculty and staffCreates accountability for both parties involved in advisingMakes advising part of the student’s academic pursuit
17 How do we use it? Introduce at registration Small groupsExplains the relationship they can expectMay be the first introduction to a syllabus, what it is, and why it is important – teach the language of higher educationReview at first advisor individual appointmentMore in depth discussionReinforces academic nature of advisingDefines the nature of advising to students
18 Are there challenges? A new process to learn Can be uncomfortable as you figure out how and when to use itBuy in from advising, students, and the CollegeIt is a culture shift – it takes timeWhat do you include in the syllabus (can’t be everything!)
19 How do we plan to move forward? Improve process for online studentsReview our learning outcomes – develop them around momentum pointsFind new ways to effectively use it – orientation, web, D2L, study skills courseOutcomes assessment – how do we measure itResources – find moreAdvising Calendar – keeping it currentProfessional Development - PracticeMeasuring effectiveness of the outcomes AND the syllabusWe no longer have the student success course as a way to measure – need to find a new way
20 Remember….It’s all about student learning The SyllabusRemember….It’s all about student learning
21 References & Resources Light, R.J. Making the most of college: Students speak their minds. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001.Lowenstein, M. (2005). If Advising Is Teaching, What Do Advisors Teach? The NACADA Journal, 25 (2)Tinto, V. Taking Student Retention Seriously. Retrieved September 9/21/12 fromResource:Advising Syllabi: