Collaborative Design of a Tailored Advising Program

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Collaborative Design of a Tailored Advising Program
Cynthia Shields & Don Weasenforth, College College


UNT Advising Conference
May 16, 2012
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  • CS- 3 main campuses: Frisco, McKinney and Plano, north of Dallas- 50,000 students# professional advisors:16/17 FT advisors
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  • DWMain objectives of pilot:- Provide intrusive intervention- Involve faculty- Plan for scalability-Limit expense
  • CSIdentification of students after initial TSI assessmentNotification of students (college email, personal email, personal phone)Group/Individual advising – faculty and professional advisorCollege Success course
  • CSSurvey used at advising sessions to develop student profiles
  • CS- ENGL0300: 15 students 6.04% - 63/98 (64%) placed in ENGL0300/0305 - MATH0300: 9 students 3.6% - 104/185 (56%) placed in MATH0300/0302 - READ0300: 17 students 6.9% - 126/220 (57%) placed in READ0300/0305
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  • Collaborative Design of a Tailored Advising Program

    1. 1. Collaborative Design of a Tailored Advising Program Cynthia Shields Don Weasenforth Collin College May 16, 2012 4th Biennial UNT Advising Conference
    2. 2. Collin College Context• 3 main campuses• 50,000 students• 16/17 FT professional advisors in district• DE: centralized unit, 5 departments, 53 FT faculty, 4 staff with district-wide responsibilities
    3. 3. Advising Pilot• Designs: prescriptive/developmental; faculty, professional advisors, technologies (cf., Heisserer & Parette 2002)• Faculty advisers (Frost 1991, Heisserer & Parette 2002, King & Kerr 2005, McArthur 2005) – Importance of role, training & rewards• Student needs (Frost 1991, Smith 2007) – Confidence, “belonging,” motivation & commitment
    4. 4. TIDE Design• Boylan (2009): Targeted Interventions for Developmental Education Students – Take inventory of campus/community resources – Develop student profiles – Assess individual students – Advise using assessment – Deliver targeted interventions – Monitor students – Revise interventions as needed
    5. 5. Current Plan: General Parameters
    6. 6. Preliminary Observations• 340 placed in advising program• 238 (70%) registered for advising sessions• 33 (14%) no-shows• 205 (60%, 86%) attended advising sessions• Majority placed in lower levels• Trend toward lower scores• Problems: incomplete applications (meningitis, residency; payment; reassessment; writing placement)• Personal characteristics: # hours employed, financial aid, family responsibilities, native language
    7. 7. Future Program Development• Evaluation• Expanding/streamlining program – Individual advising for continuing students – Identifying students in need of advising • TSI completion • Cognitive diagnostic tests • Non-cognitive diagnostic tests – Determining forms of advising based on personal profiles (Boylan 2009)
    8. 8. Future Program Development• Non-cognitive factors (Bloom 1976, Long 2008, McCabe 2003, Sedlacek 2004) – 25% of performance (Bloom 1976) – Compensatory relationship (Sedlacek 2004) – Affective variables: attitude toward learning, motivation, autonomy, willingness to spend time on academic tasks – Personal characteristics: # hours employed, financial aid, family responsibilities, native language

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