IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ACADEMIC ADVISING supports ACHIEVING the DREAM (ADT) at IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC) Academic Advising: Team VIDr. Kelli McCormack BrownDr. John BuckwalterDr. Jürgen HeinrichsDr. Wanda LeeDr. Shirley QuarlesITCC Project Champion: Dr. Chuck Lepper, Assistant Vice President for Student Services
Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC) Academic Advising: Team VIPurpose: Assist ITCC with developing an academic advising program to promote student learning, enhance retention and graduation rates, and increase marketability (employment and advanced education)for its graduates.
Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC) Academic Advising: Team VI Objectives: Review the mission and current academic makeup (students, faculty, staff, program offerings, campus support services, etc.) of ITCC Study and consider various academic advising programs that will effectively support the current academic makeup of ITCC and its mission Develop and recommend an academic advising program that supports the mission of ITCC, supports students’ learning needs, and promotes retention and graduation rates
Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC) Academic Advising: Team VIBackground and Concept of Academic Advising Program Framework designed to support student success through a process of relationship development between advisor(s) and student Essential element of a student’s collegiate experience Increasingly significant in post-secondary education given the multi-variables associated with the millennia students
Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC) Academic Advising: Team VI Emerging factors that influence academic advising programs: Changing demographics Growing rate of enrollment Rapid growth and need for technology Changes in curricula programming Family units and responsibilities of students Accountability
Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC) Academic Advising: Team VI Three organizational structures for academic advising: Centralized Decentralized Shared (Habley and McCauley, 1987; Pardee, 2000; and King, 2003)
Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC)Academic Advising: Team VI Numerous Academic Advising Models: Faculty Satellite Self Contained Supplementary Split Dual Total Intake (Habley, 2000; King, 1993; and Pardee, 2000)
Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC) Academic Advising: Team VI Recent academic advising model: Pro-active—designed to assist in building relationships with students by anticipating their needs and connecting them to appropriate resources and support from the start of their academic career.
Academic Advisor Characteristics Expert listening skills Highlevel of Empathy technical expertise Must care about Develop students connection Take questions Be encouraging seriously Ability to deliver bad news Be proactive
Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC) Academic Advising: Team VIOpportunities Affiliations with two- and four-year colleges will pick up students in their academic paths Campus activities for student participation and information exchange may serve as platform to develop academic advising structures Imminent hiring of Executive Director of Academic Advising Merging college-wide academic advising council and “Achieving the Dream Academic Advising Expert Design Team” merged into one group
Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC) Academic Advising: Team VI Threats Failure to design integrated approach to academic advising poses major threats to students’ academic success, financial standing and long-term career options Deferring integrated advising may weaken institution at this precipitous economic, political moment (national focus on community colleges, President Snyder at White House event) Institutional size and decentralized administration may prove too difficult to design, implement any truly meaningful academic advising approach
Creating an Organizational Structure Establish bi-weekly communication with area coordinators via teleconferences, including Face-to-face monthly meetings for advising coordinators, initially in Indianapolis, later perhaps held at regional campus advising centers Develop a master elist of all advisors (both professional and faculty) doing advising, send out notes from advisor coordinator meetings, advising tips, etc. at least bi-weekly Invite ALL academic advisers to attend a training meeting once per term
Creating an Organizational StructureCentral advising coordinator group initial tasks Share advising information, best practices, and campus updates from the campuses/regions Review and complete the college Advising Handbook Modify the Nursing Advisor’s Guide to establish a generic Advising Guide, including sections for Undeclared students Workforce development students Transfer students Degree/certificate students Develop training videos for advisors that later, with modification can become web accessible advising modules for students
RecommendationsA modified shared academic advising program model o Structurally shared (modified supplemental model) o Pro-active advising model Creating an organizational structure and culture Resources
“All the literature shows that students who are connected with a representative on a regular basis are more likely to be retained and more likely to persist to graduation than those who are not.”Charlie Nutt, executive director for the National AcademicAdvising Association. (Wojciechowska 2010)