2013 Region 8 Conference

Welcome to the 2013 NACADA Region 8 Conference Download page.  Below you will find a listing of all the Pre-Conference Sessions, Concurrent Sessions and other events scheduled for the conference.

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Monday, April 29
1:00 PM P1. “I’ve Been Afraid of Changing”: Using Motivational Interviewing principles in academic advising to promote positive student change (Best of Region 2012)
At-risk students are often reluctant to change. Advising these students can be frustrating: they have the tools, we have the resources, but they still fall short of their potential. Why then, do these students stagnate, and how can advisors help them move forward? Motivational Interviewing (Miller & Rollnick, 1991) is a counseling method designed to resolve ambivalence that often impedes change. By applying its guiding principles in an academic advising setting, advisors can help students find internal motivation for, and increase commitment to, change. This session will help attendees identify student populations that may benefit from Motivational Interviewing, understand the theory behind Motivational Interviewing, learn and practice key Motivational Interviewing skills, and determine appropriate applications in academic advising.
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1:00 PM P2. Embrace Your Nerdiness: Creating an Advisor Needs Assessment for Your Campus
Bring your pocket protector and mechanical pencils because this session is going to get nerdy. Identifying the training and resource needs of campus advisors – both faculty and professional – is a critical activity in any university. The most efficient way to collect this information (and a wealth of other data) is using an advisor needs assessment. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the entire lifecycle of an advisor needs assessment – creation, implementation, interpretation, and application. This session will demonstrate how a single survey instrument can affect decision-making at all levels of the university and participants will leave armed with tools and strategies necessary for undertaking this important work on their home campus. Major discussion topics will include: creating a needs assessment instrument for your university, getting buy-in across campus, optimizing your response rate, tailoring resources for advisors, and influencing university-wide decisions based on your findings. If the Jedi mind trick fails, it is good to have some data in your back pocket.
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3:15 PM P3. Taking Chickering to the Next Level: Understanding Culture and Incorporating Appreciative Advising to Assist International Students
In this presentation, I explore Arthur Chickering’s (1969) Theory of Identity Development and how the stages differ for International Students; the differences between high and low context cultures as categorized by anthropologist Edward T. Hall (1981); sociologist Gerard Hofstede’s (2001) dimensions of culture; and ways to incorporate Appreciative Advising into advising international students. There will be multiple activities to walk attendees through some of the challenges that international students face and understanding our cultural differences. Finally, we will discuss the resources that are available at the presenter’s campus to both international and domestic students to help advisors indentify and think about resources at their campuses to better assist their students.
3:15 PM P4. Charging Forward With Your Charge
You’re handed a charge: build a center, develop a program, meet the needs of your students, etc. Where do you go from here? What will it take to realize your vision? What are the pitfalls to navigate? As you learn of our journey in creating a “hybrid” academic and career center within an academic department, take away our strategies for dealing with out-of-whack student:advisor ratios, and insufficient budget. Learn how we used our assessment tools and results, balanced the needs of both functional areas, and dealt with both territorial and ally faculty. This presentation provides both small-scale lessons for a single advisor developing a new program, or large-scale lessons for administrators revamping their entire student services units.
6:30 PM Welcome Reception
 Tuesday, April 30
7:30 AM Networking Continental Breakfast
8:15 AM New Member Welcome & Orientation
9:00 AM Using Strengths-Based Advising to Help Students Navigate Transition
Transition in the lives of students has many faces, whether a student is adapting to their first term or graduating and leaving the safety of a campus environment. Strengths-based Advising can aid in developing a student’s ability to succeed. This session will provide tools and takeaways for advisors to help students not just survive transitions, but to thrive in the midst of unfamiliar territory. Advisors will leave this session with an understanding of Strengths-based Advising (hybrid of Appreciative and Developmental Advising), how to integrate it into advising and programs, and how it helps students succeed through transitions. The information provided is grounded in the Transition Theory by Schlossberg (1981) and readings from Thriving in Transitions by Schreiner, Louis, and Nelson (2012).
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9:00 AM Introduction to the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP): A Unique Learning Community
We believe that all students can succeed in science and engineering programs if they have the Determination, are willing to make the Effort, and have the right Approach. We begin working with students when they are in middle school, and invite them back for high school acceleration in math and science classes, and then Summer Bridge including paid summer internships. As UA freshmen, most are prepared for Calculus and many have already completed Calculus I, II, and III. They are ready for STEM programs and also very comfortable with the university and the ANSEP learning community.
9:00 AM Where’s the Logic in Being Illogical?
Where’s the logic in being illogical?: How can advisors encourage students who struggle to make better choices? In researching this question, I explored and adapted research on how decisions are made. Often students on academic warning, probation, and suspension struggle with making decisions that will lead to the success they desire. This presentation looks at research on how decisions are made and how we, as advisors, can use this information to help our struggling students learn how to make better choices. In addition to decision-making theory, participants will learn about “The Wise Choice Process” as outlined in “On Course” by Skip Downing. This process provides a framework we can use to help our students learn how to examine the decisions they are making and create possible solutions.
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9:00 AM Building “College Knowledge” through a First-Year Advising Communication Plan
How can we help our new students access and acquire the “college knowledge” – foundational knowledge about academic deadlines, resources, policies, opportunities – that they need to be successful? This question is increasingly important as more students enroll who are the first in their families to attend college and often lack the “social capital” that comes from college-going family histories. This session will share Oregon State University’s pilot program to design and implement a first-year advising communication plan: a proactive, social-media rich campaign to deliver knowledge about key academic deadlines, milestones and habits of successful students. We will incorporate discussion and idea-sharing into our session and will provide our program materials for you to consider adapting for your local context.
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9:00 AM Writing for NACADA: The Journal, Academic Advising Today, the Clearinghouse and Monographs
There are many opportunities to write for NACADA. Articles authored from the ranks of advising practitioners, faculty advisors, researchers, and theorists appear in NACADA publications. While NACADA publishes books, video-DVD-CDs, and brochures, the primary focus in this session will be to describe the purpose, content, writing guidelines, and acceptance process for the NACADA Journal, Academic Advising Today, the Clearinghouse and Monographs. Whatever your interests in professional writing, this session will help you understand the various writing opportunities within NACADA.
10:15 AM Journey to Wellness-Managing Daily Stress as an Advisor
In this dynamic presentation participants will learn more about the significance of maintaining their personal well-being. The presenter will provide practical “advice” from her own journey to well-being and engage participants in sharing their journey’s to reinforce the importance of maintaining personal well-being in order to best serve our students. Do you work with large numbers of students with mounting demands in an increasingly tight budget climate? How do we take care of ourselves and serve our students when we are expected to do more with less? Many advisors sacrifice their own wellness in order to keep up with the hectic pace of this environment and this presentation is intended to give the participants practical tools to take with them back into these tumultuous times!
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10:15 AM Does Happiness Matter? Applying Positive Psychology to Advising
Historically, Psychologists have studied poor mental health focusing on such maladies as Depression, Schizophrenia, and Anxiety. In recent years Positive Psychology has emerged where focus has shifted to the happy, well-adjusted, and thriving psyche. Martin Seligman’s Theory of Well-Being discusses five tenets of a flourishing life: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. This session will apply this theory of well-being and explore how an Academic Advisor can first of all pursue and model these virtues, and then encourage development along these continuums with the students they advise. The mutual benefits to advisor, student, and society are plentiful, as virtues such as gratitude, kindness, and altruism take their place alongside other historically desirable outcomes like degree completion and academic excellence.
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10:15 AM Empowering Students through a Collaborative Peer Advising Program
In today’s campus climate of reducing budgets and over-stretched advising schedules, we can’t afford to rely only on the old standby of one-on-one appointments. In many cases, peer advising has shown to be highly effective at reaching a larger range of students and helping them to become better prepared to navigate their educational pathways.This presentation will outline a study on peer advising conducted by Bellevue College, one of the largest community colleges in the nation. We will discuss how we built a peer advising program specifically for CEO (Career Education Option) students and how it has contributed to building community and success with our students. In addition, we’ll detail our efforts in building peer advising for our first year students.
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10:15 AM Helping Students Understand and Articulate the Value of Their Liberal Arts Education
Advisors working with Liberal Arts majors are used to working with passionate students. However, many Liberal Arts majors live in the midst of doubting parents, questioning peers, a major that does not provide a linear path to a job, and an economy that seems to devalue what they believe is important. This culture of undervaluing the Liberal Arts tends to cause a great deal of insecurity among even the most exceptional students. In this presentation, I will discuss the various ways that the College of Liberal Arts Advising Office at OSU is working to develop a culture of confidence within our College beginning with our prospective students and following them through graduation.
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10:15 AM A Conversation with NACADA Leadership and Executive Office Representative
This informal discussion is to provide a forum for attendees to visit with NACADA Leaders regarding the Association’s many initiatives and programs, leadership opportunities, and to give participants an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.
11:30 AM Opening Keynote & Awards Luncheon
1:30 PM Navigating Through Universal Design: A 9+3 Approach to Enhancing Student Engagement in the Advising Process
Universal Design originated in the architectural arena as a way to identify and remove potential barriers, granting access to the greatest number of people with the widest range of abilities. The educational field has embraced Universal Design as a pedagogical practice for enhancing the learning environment. Together we will explore how incorporating the 9 principles and 3 practices of this platform into our student interactions can enhance our ability to advise our richly diverse student populations. Participants from all areas and disciplines of advising will walk away with an understanding of the fundamentals of Universal Design of Education and the skills to implement this best practice approach in their day to day service with students.
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1:30 PM Distance Advising and Technology: An Example of Using Multimedia to Create a New Student Orientation for an Online Degree Program
We all use technology in our day-to-day advising activities to communicate information. However, for academic advisors who serve fully online populations, the use of technology is integral to how information is delivered and received. In this “how to” presentation, attendees will learn about the rationale behind and approach taken to create a multimedia PowerPoint presentation, whose objective is to create more efficiency and effectiveness in the new student orientation process for an online degree seeking population. Attendees will walk away with new “how to” information, including a step-by-step process, and links to online examples and resources. The basic process presented can be readily modified to fit many advising needs.
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1:30 PM Chart Your Advising Unit’s Resources with a Simple Economic Analysis
Do you know how much time you spend on which activities in your advising unit? Do those activities support your mission and goals? Is your staff spending more (or less) time on activities that are fundamental to your mission? Can you demonstrate that your unit is worth the budget allocated by the institution? Using a simple formula and an interactive worksheet, participants will engage in a simulated economic and time analysis and learn why and how to complete an analysis of time and economics of an advising unit. Participants will also learn how to use this data to justify the need for additional resources or avoid budget cuts. The session will identify pitfalls associated with this type of analysis and learn ways to avoid them.
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1:30 PM Student Coaching: A Strategy for Building Community
The Student Coaching program gives Kodiak College’s commuter students an opportunity to become more engaged with the campus community and contributes to a culture of completion. Coaches are faculty and staff volunteer mentors who meet with their assigned students weekly throughout the semester and provide them with support in understanding academic policies and developing self-confidence, self-direction, and self-efficacy. This session will describe the program, introduce evidence of successes and challenges, and discuss how the Student Coaching program is evolving. It will also give guidance for those who wish to start a Student Coaching program on their campuses.
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1:30 PM Supporting Native Canadian Students Full Circle: Collaborative Indigenous best practices at the University of Alberta
A panel discussion of the best practices from collaborative work done by a team of staff working within their respective units to support Aboriginal (Native) Canadian students at the University of Alberta. This presentation provides insights, successes and challenges for those that work directly to support students from an Indigenous perspective. Representing roles in recruitment, student services and academic advising in the Faculties of Arts and Native Studies, this panel group shares the most significant ways in which working together and adapting the traditional role of student advisor is leading to greater student success.
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2:45 PM Doing More With Less-Reducing Digital and Paper Clutter
Do you dread opening your e-mail inbox each morning? Are you drowning in digital files and photos? Has your desk disappeared under piles of binders and papers? You’re not alone! Come take time to identify areas of your life that suffer from clutter and the negative impacts of quantity over quality. This session will include practical tips, audience participation and a healthy dose of fun.
2:45 PM Promoting Adult Learner Success With Pre-Admissions Services
How do we support success for adult learners? What can we do to build community for distance students? What do pre-admissions services have to do with any of this? We will explore the role of pre-admissions outreach and services in assisting adult learners returning to higher education. Oregon State University’s Ecampus has created a robust partnership between Enrollment Services, Student Services, and Career Services to individualize responses to prospective student needs. By engaging reentering students in this way, Ecampus strives to create an institutional connection, promote students’ self-reflection, and lay the foundation for community-building efforts within academic departments. This partnership aims to strengthen connections between academic and student support services to provide a holistic continuum of resources for adult learners navigating reentry.
2:45 PM Getting Our Students Job Ready Takes a Village-Faculty, Academic Advisors and Career Advisors
We hope that through this presentation we can start a conversation. In our school, the three components – Faculty, Academic Advisor and Career Advisors, work closely together trying to achieve that goal. Faculty design and teach courses that prepare students to be job ready through faculty’s expert knowledge, their connection with the industry, and through case studies and projects. Our Placement Center advisors help students turn these experiences into resumes that illustrate their professional skills and provide talking points in job interviews. The career advisers also work with recruiters and employers in providing internships and post-graduation job placement. The academic advisors guide students in taking the right courses and being best prepared for their career upon graduation.
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2:45 PM Student Success: A Hands-On Approach to Improving Academic Performance
Increasing retention is one of the forefront issues plaguing institutions in higher education. In an effort to improve retention, two departments at University of Idaho have developed an intrusive-model success program for students on academic probation. Our program uses a hands-on approach to pinpoint the cause(s) that result in poor performance without impacting already strained resources. This method reduces time spent on identifying problems, allowing more time to teach behavioral changes that lead to academic success. You will learn how to use the Student Self-Assessment Survey (the key component to our program); why we follow a syllabus and employ reoccurring appointments; developmental curriculum; how technology is incorporated; a
nd additional strategies. Join us for hands-on experience that will teach you how to develop an intervention program to fit your needs.
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2:45 PM Unwilling Versus Unable: An Introduction to Dispreferred Statements
Merging Mezirow’s concept of a disorienting dilemma with a communication technique entitled dispreferred statements can create a significant transformation in the students’ perception of self; leading to increased sense of personal responsibility. Framing the concept of dispreferred statements around student excuses, allowing the student to understand dispreferred responses, students would become aware of how those statements provide a socially acceptable forgiveness which takes personal responsibility off the student. “Unwilling and unable” statements, are used as face saving techniques protecting the questioner (advisor) from the reality of the situation and the respondent (student) from the feeling of failure. This session will teach advisors how to use the concept of dispreferred statements to create the disorienting dilemma leading to a positive change within students.
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4:00 PM Creating an Education Abraod Community on Your Campus
Did you have an education abroad experience as a student? Do you wish you had? This session will explore the value of including an international study, research or internship experience in the undergraduate career. Attendees will develop a toolkit with information on how to inform, develop and foster faculty and student interest in education abroad opportunities from the perspective of Academic and Education Abroad advising. Additionally, this session will explore best practices surrounding the integration of education abroad into the major curriculum and how to assist students in articulating their international experiences in relation to academic and career goals. The additional academic, personal and financial support that students may need when exploring and pursuing an international opportunity will also be discussed.
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4:00 PM Building Bridges between Campuses with Collaborative Technology
How do you effectively advise and teach students that live in communities that are only physically accessible by boat, plane, or snowmobile? Technology is a cost-effective, efficient, and practical way of bridging the geographic divide between prospective students and health program advisors. The UAA Allied Health Department and UAS Health Sciences Department will discuss the history and implementation of collaborative technology in health programs in Alaska. The presentation will provide an overview of available technologies and a demonstration of their uses. Not just relying on the telephone, advisors from all disciplines can benefit from learning to advise distance students with other cost-effective, efficient, and practical tools.
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4:00 PM The Accidental Career Advisor: Triage Career Advising
As graduation fast approaches, students become increasingly concerned with the prospect of employment. Students faced with the transition of entering the job market often look to professionals with whom they have developed relationships to give them guidance. Advising these students can be challenging. Although career advising may not be in our job description as academic advisors, we want to help students be successful in the job and internship search. This session will help attendees identify student populations that may benefit from career planning conversations, determine appropriate applications in academic advising settings, and practice key strategies for responding to career-related questions.
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4:00 PM Building a Cross-Campus, Collaborative Academic Success Intervention for First year Students at OSU
First year students who are in poor academic standing often experience stress, confusion and anxiety, and the large majority lack adequate knowledge of resources and policies to overcome their difficulties. Oregon State University has implemented a pilot program that provides targeted communication and academic intervention through advising offices across five colleges. The goal of the pilot program is to increase interaction between students experiencing academic difficulty, advisors and student success resources – and ultimately to increase retention and success rates. We will discuss the design and implementation of the program (and provide you a set of materials) as well as the emergent best practices for working with students experiencing academic distress.
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4:00 PM Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth Transitioning from Foster Care
Transition-aged foster youth are a population at risk of economic hardship, often experiencing gaps in their education, and low rates of post-secondary educational attainment. The Child Welfare Academy (CWA) at the University of Alaska Anchorage has joined efforts to increase supports to foster youth throughout Alaska pursuing post-secondary education and training. Foster youth and foster care alumni have played a crucial role at all levels of improving child welfare practice across the nation by providing input and bringing real life experiences to the needs of youth transitioning from foster care. Current and former foster youth, will provide real life experiences during this session to shed light on challenges faced by foster youth as well as solutions to improving post-secondary educational outcomes for foster youth.
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5:15 PM Region Business Meeting & Vancouver Conference Kick-Off
Wednesday, May 1
9:00 AM Anticipating Tomorrow Today: Building a Technology-Positive Advising Workforce
An increasing use of technology tools in higher education has transformed the advising field. Advances in social media, social networking, and online resources mean that advisors, personal tutors, managers, and faculty must be responsive to technology trends. These trends increase the need for a creative and adaptive advising workforce. As an administrator or tech leader how can you be responsive to trends and position your office toward student success in an increasingly online age? This session outlines steps to build the advising office of the future through hiring, programming, evaluation, and assessment with a special focus on building technology-adaptability. This session will provide hands-on tools, vigorous discussion, and resource hand-outs for advising technology leaders and managers.
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9:00 AM Facilitating Exploration and Commitment to Lift Students to Success
Students transitioning into the higher education environment have the opportunity to explore a range of domains pertaining to their identity development. Identity development is based on two processes: exploration and commitment. Regarding a student’s academic identity, the big question is what major they choose. Deciding on a major can create anxiety in a new student; on the other hand, deciding too early can inhibit the exploration process of identity development. In this dynamic session, one advisor will share his advising style formulated from a counseling background. He will introduce two career and identity development theories that can help promote exploration and commitment and how to apply these theories in academic advising and career planning to enhance student success.
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9:00 AM Community Innovations: Giving Online Students the Support to Explore
Every year the number of undergraduate majors that are offered online and the number of students seeking those degrees increase. With these growing numbers, undecided students are now also showing up in the online student population. Over the past two years, Oregon State University found the need to create intentional services for online students who are exploring majors. These students are a unique blend of both traditional online students and on-campus exploratory students. Their needs require creative approaches for delivering resources, different kinds of conversations, and a rethinking of how students explore. Find out if your institution is ready to address these issues and share any creative approaches your school is using to support online exploratory students.
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9:00 AM One Class, Many Directions: Exploration in the Classroom
Working with exploratory students comes with many opportunities and challenges. Individual advising appointments allow for personalized and reflective conversations, but how can that same level of engagement be achieved in a classroom setting? This session will provide an in-depth look at facilitating individual learning opportunities by focusing on a course designed specifically to assist students in exploring their major and career options, goals, and decisions making. This course provides structure to students’ career exploration, taking them through a three-step model to help them make well-informed decisions regarding their futures. There is an emphasis on values identification, integrating the Strong and MBTI assessment results, goal setting, and researching specific majors and careers. Issues surrounding the sustainability of such courses will also be addressed.
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9:00 AM Culturally Relevant Advising Techniques
Rural Student Services (RSS) is a unique department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks that provides culturally responsive advising to Alaska Native and rural Alaska students. For over 40 years, RSS advisors have developed a variety of strategies to assist these students as they make the transition to college life. One of these strategies includes what we have termed comprehensive advising – assisting students with all aspects of the university experience, from the application for admission to course selection and registration to housing and orientation and beyond. We will discuss these strategies and how providing comprehensive and culturally responsive advising promotes student success.
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10:15 AM Helping Distance Learners through Learning-Centered Advising
The growth rate in online programs has sky-rocketed and there is no evidence that a slowdown is ahead. A significant advising relationship is crucial for student success for distance learners as the advisor becomes the student’s life-line and Number One contact person. This presentation by two advisors at a distance institution builds on Smith & Allen’s lecture at NACADA 2012, which emphasized what students should learn in academic advising encounters at face-to-face institutions. We will relate Smith & Allen’s Five Domains of Quality Academic Advising to best practices in the distance-learning modality, and discuss the differences between their Findings and Implications for Practice to the experiences with distance learners. Participants are encouraged to share their tools, tips, and experiences in this area.
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10:15 AM Utilizing Student Development Theory to Guide Advising Conversations
Academic Advisors often work with students as they attempt to navigate crises in their personal or academic lives. During this presentation, we are going to talk about how to utilize student development theory and models to structure these advising conversations. Students who rely heavily on authority figures such as parents or teachers to make decisions may want you to provide an answer or a quick fix to make everything better. However, that is not the type of support that will challenge a student to develop and trust their own voice. If we focus more on reflective questioning in our advising appointments and enable students to develop their own conclusion, we can help them find and trust their internal voice.
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10:15 AM Be More Awesome: Growing Your Skills and Capacity as an Advisor
As advisors we have demands from many sources, including students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration. Continuing to improve and adapt in an ever-changing world can help you become even more valuable to your students, your institution, and yourself. Maximize your satisfaction in work and in life, using some of the many tools available. In this presentation, explore the philosophy of growth and some starting resources for creating your own system of improvement. Continue (or launch) your own journey to develop your skills and personal satisfaction. Connect with other advisors as we explore how to address the challenges and maximize the rewards of advising – all while serving our institutions more efficiently and effectively.
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10:15 AM An Innovative Approach to Promoting Student Retention: Building a Community to Empower Students in Connecting a College Education and Future Careers
Students continue to ask: What can I do with this major? “Research reflects that a students’ connection to their academic and career goals impacts their persistence to graduate.” Institutions must implement strategies that help students understand the relevance of their education. This session introduces a university’s collaboration to build a students’ awareness of the connection between their college education and workforce opportunities. The presentation will focus on the creation, implementation, and best practices of a retention based initiative aligned with the national career cluster model utilizing university created publications.
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10:15 AM The Northern Latitude of Attitude
This is a light-hearted perspective of a serious topic. Often advocates of the Americans with Disabilities Act are perceived as “the big bad wolf” recommending accommodations for students with disabilities that disrupt classroom dynamic, change course curricula, impose requirements on educational methodologies and technologies and influence the pace, process and environment of a class. The presentation focuses on changing perceptions: first in how accommodations are recognized; and, second in how they are implemented. The Universal Design principle that improvements in the learning environment for students with disabilities also improve the learning environment for all students is emphasized. The largest barriers to learning are attitudinal and perceptual. Attendees will learn methods of addressing and resolving both perceptual and attitudinal barriers to learning in the classroom setting.
11:30 AM Closing Luncheon

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