Beyond Retention: An Appreciative Approach to Optimizing Student Learning and Engagement

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Event Date/Time: May 27, 2010 End Date/Time: May 27, 2010
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Beyond Retention: An Appreciative Approach to Optimizing Student Learning and Engagement May 27th, 1:00-3:00pm EDT online webinar Host: Innovative Educators NOTE: Payment is not required prior to event date (choose check by mail or PO when registering). The recording is always included and is accessible for one full year. OVERVIEW Although student retention rates are important, they do not adequately capture the essence and stories of the individual students these numbers represent. Students are retained one student at a time and it is crucial that administrators, staff, and faculty partner together to optimize student learning experiences. This webinar will introduce an exciting concept that has been proven to positively impact student retention, GPAs, and satisfaction in and out of the classroom. Based on the organizational development theory of Appreciative Inquiry and the positive psychology literature, Appreciative Advising provides a flexible framework for professionals seeking to optimize student success. The webinar will first explore the six phases of Appreciative Advising – Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Dont Settle. We will also showcase successful adaptations of this appreciative approach in first-year and retention program. Participants will then learn how each phase can be adapted to use in a wide variety of in-class and extracurricular venues, including residence life, career counseling, financial aid, University 101 courses, Greek affairs, admissions. Data will be presented that underscores how the Appreciative Advising can be used to impact student retention rates and much more. Objectives: 1. Understand the theoretical infrastructure behind Appreciative Advising, including a brief overview of Appreciative Inquiry. 2. Understand and apply the six phases of Appreciative Advising: Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Dont Settle. 3. Learn how to ask positive, open-ended questions that will help professionals and faculty build rapport with students. 4. Learn how to use verbal and non-verbal immediacy behaviors that can put students at ease. 5. Explore potential adaptations of the model in participants individual working environment. Who Should Attend? * Academic advisors * Advising administrators * Student affairs professionals * Vice-Presidents of Student Affairs * Student affairs leaders * University 101 instructors * University 101 coordinators * Retention coordinators * Academic coaching professional Enquiries: