Academic Advising Development Collaborative

Academic Advising Development Collaborative

The Academic Advising Development Collaborative is a year-long program open to selected advisers who want to further their professional abilities in their field. The program is free, and participants who complete the program are willing to serve as mentors to others in their units.

Rationale

As WVU develops a multi-prong approach to increase retention and completion, it is essential that part of the approach includes advising. Advisers are in many ways the students’ first academic leaders. The Academic Advising Development Collaborative is an in-depth professional development program for faculty and staff advisers. In addition to learning best practices regarding advising at WVU, participants in the program will develop very practical skills to increase advising effectiveness.

Goals

The goals of the program are to improve the quality of advising across all three campuses. Specific learning objectives are:

  • To develop or improve proactive (also known as intrusive) advising skills, such as how to be confident when presenting students with realistic outcomes of their academic behaviors.
  • To increase accuracy of information delivered to students, so that they can make the best academic and financial decisions.
  • To increase retention and completion through implementation of academic standards and improved advising processes.
  • To foster the development of the adviser as a leader.

Components

The program will have three components, and participants will receive feedback on their contributions:

  1. Workshops: the Advising Academic Council offers 3 workshops in the fall, 3 in the spring. In addition, there is a debriefing session in November and an Advising Celebration in April.
  2. Participants are encouraged to attend all workshops, but they must select two workshops a semester that falls within a particular interest or focus. They will use the materials in the chosen workshops to further their development.

  3. Online work (eCampus): each participant will create four portfolios during the year, based on each of the workshops they have selected for their core. They will identify specific actions or improvement of their advising skills and practices and document these efforts. The portfolio will comprise various materials related to the workshops: activities completed during the workshop, self-reflections papers, discussion posts, etc.
  4. Personal development and enrichment: participants are encouraged to log a number of professional activities in which they have engaged during the year: self-reflection on an article, mentoring of a colleague, participation in an advising conference or activity at the university, state, or nation level, teaching a workshop, publishing an article, etc.

Assessment

  • Workshops and related assignments are developed with assessment of learning objectives in mind.
  • Volunteers from the AAC Executive Committee will serve in a leading capacity, and seek additional volunteers if necessary.

Selection of Participants

  • The program is open to all advisers at WVU Morgantown, Tech, and Potomac State
  • Participants must be faculty advisers, FEAP or Developmental advisers (designated as advisers in Banner)
  • Number of participants will be limited to 40. Each college will have priority for a number of spots. After priority enrollment is complete, registration will be open to all participants, regardless of the college.

Time commitment

  • A minimum of 4 workshops lasting 2 hours each (4 hours per semester; 8 hours total)
  • Development of 4 online portfolio, about 5 hours per portfolio (10 hours per semester, 20 hours total)
  • Personal development and enrichment, about 5 hours per semester

Recognition

  • Participants who complete the full program will be recognized during the April Award Ceremony and will receive a plaque and a letter documenting their achievements.
  • Advisers who are not participants in the program but attend all 6 workshops will receive a certificate. 


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