Academic Advising and Counseling

Advising Syllabus. Northeast Iowa Community College (Peosta, IA) (approved Administrative Practice 10/31/16)  An advising syllabus is a great two tool to use for two main purposes.  First, as a college advisor, it is important to have a strong understanding of one's personal philosophy in regards to advising your students.  By taking time to review the various models and methods of advising, one can hone in on a specific approach that caters not only to the needs of the students but also validates and solidifies one's own approach to helping students.  This advising syllabus is used with community college students attaining their Associate in Arts Degree.

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Academic Improvement Plan.  Alpena Community College (Alpena, MI) (approved Promising Practice 11/1/15).  The Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) is one component of the Educational Talent Search (ETS) program’s approach to improving academic success for students.  This system is implemented when a student is identified through placement on school academic probation.  The ETS staff and student work together to complete a review of academic concerns and reasons for difficulty, assessment of personal barriers, examination of academic goals, examination of career goals, development of a detailed academic action plan (identifies specific obstacles, two solutions for each, and completion dates), and additional recommendations for academic success.  The student and ETS advisor sign the AIP plan.

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Academic Advising Management System. Wichita State University (KS).  (approved Promising Practice 10/11/13).  One service that the Wichita State University (WSU) Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS) Program provides in support of its mission is academic advising. A key practice with the WSU approach is the data collection and management of information essential for effective advising of the students.  This information includes students’ progress towards completion of their required curriculum and enrollment pattern in math and science courses. It is also used for strategic planning purposes by the UBMS program personnel for whom the information helps inform study group formation, tutoring needs and summer course design.  While UB programs commonly provide academic advising services to its students, the WSU approach is more comprehensive and includes additional stakeholders.

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Podcasting Academic and Career Counseling for Post 9/11 Veterans.  Wichita State Unviersity (KS)  (approved Promising Practice 10/15/13)  Adding audio podcasting to the Upward Bound Veterans program allows our students to listen to important information when and where they want.  Podcasting is a simple way to provide information through the human voice some students prefer rather than reading a handout.  Listening to audio and video podcasts has rapidly grown recently due to widespread ownership of iPods, smartphones, and desk/laptop computers.  Podcasting can be as simple or complex as you want.  The most important element is the quality of information and its direct relevancy to the listeners.

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The following items have been contributed "as is" by TRIO professionals who used them successfully with their programs.

SSS Student Academic Needs Assessment, The University of Toledo (OH)

ETS Advisor Expectation Memo and Calendar, Alpena Community College (MI)