A System-Wide Approach to Advising for Retention

Venue: Hotel Monaco Baltimore

Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Event Date/Time: Jun 04, 2012 End Date/Time: Jun 06, 2012
Early Registration Date: May 18, 2012
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Research shows that effective academic advising is a key strategy for increasing student persistence and success. However, few campuses implement a strategic approach to providing effective academic advising. This event will bring together institutional teams to take an in-depth look at how to coordinate professional advising, faculty advising, and institutional support for advising to best retain and support students across campus.

The conference will kick off with a retention simulation to help you understand the key risk factors that cause students to drop out of school, taking an in-depth look at the research on retention and student success as it relates to advising. On the second day of the conference, you will explore the key elements of an effective advising program: advising mission, organization, training, delivery, and assessment. Day 2 combines presentations and facilitated discussions that will help you determine how to implement or improve these key elements on your campus. The last day of the conference is geared toward helping you develop an action plan to improve advising on your campus. The sessions will focus on how to prioritize efforts and implement change through presentations, faculty-facilitated discussions, and work time. The optional post-conference workshop will focus on increasing the institutional effectiveness of faculty advising.


This conference is designed for a team of both administrators and “front-line” staff in academic advising roles. You will create an implementable, strategic action plan for your advising efforts based on recent research on retention. Specific positions that will benefit include:

* Provosts, deans, vice presidents, and other administrators who oversee a variety of academic support services, including academic advising
* Academic affairs individuals responsible for coordinating and supporting faculty advisors
* Directors of academic advising and student success services and programs
* Professional and faculty advisors
* Retention coordinators and specialists


Ensuring student success and retention is a campus-wide effort and requires the investment and support of administrators across campus. To encourage team participation, every fourth registration from the same institution is complimentary for this conference.

Optional post-conference workshop:
Maximizing the Impact of Faculty Advising

This workshop will provide you with the information you need to improve the effectiveness of faculty advising on your campus. The workshop will look first at faculty advising models followed by sessions focusing on training, assessing, and recognizing/rewarding faculty advisors.


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