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Foundations of Excellence Presentation

  1. 1. What Comes Next…The Story of One Founding Institution<br />Jodi Koslow Martin, <br />Assistant to the Provost/<br />Director, Crouse Center for Student Success<br />Brynn Landwehr, <br />First-Year Academic Advisor<br />Foundations of Excellence Winter Meeting 2008<br />
  2. 2. Who We Are…<br />Aurora University<br />Private, independent university<br />45 miles west of Chicago, IL<br />Approximately 1800 undergraduate students<br />350 students in the Fall 2007 first-year cohort<br />Foundations of Excellence process<br />
  3. 3. “Putting Leadership Back into Strategy”<br /><ul><li>Strategy is a way of life for an organization.
  4. 4. Strategy defines value for an organization.
  5. 5. Great organizations make big and small changes continually to be strategic.</li></li></ul><li>“Putting Leadership Back into Strategy”<br />
  6. 6. Where We Were…<br />Former First-Year Advising Program<br />The Strategic Market Survey Report prepared by The Alford Group in November 2006 noted:<br />Students and parents brought forward concerns regarding academic advising<br />48.5% of students are “somewhat satisfied;” 12.1% are “somewhat unsatisfied;” 6.1% are “completely unsatisfied” with academic advising<br />Student and parent comments reflect perceptions that academic advisors do not know requirements well enough, do not track student academic progress enough, do not offer enough academic mentoring in students’ early years<br />
  7. 7. Where We Are…<br />1 Director<br />6 Professional Advisors<br />1 Administrative Assistant<br />5 Student Assistants<br />
  8. 8. How We Got Here…<br />
  9. 9. Challenges<br />Redefining faculty involvement<br />First-year student engagement in social events<br />Aligning institutional identity with student identity<br />
  10. 10. Successes<br />Heightened attention to first-year efforts<br />First-year engagement in academic advising<br />Data gathering on first-year students<br />
  11. 11. Recommendations<br />“Don’t re-invent the wheel”<br />Cast a wide communication net<br />Find momentum in unlikely places<br />
  12. 12. Jodi Koslow Martin<br />630-844-7510<br />jkoslow@aurora.edu<br />Jkoslow347 (AIM)<br />Brynn Landwehr<br />630-844-7861<br />landwehr@aurora.edu<br />AUBrynn13 (AIM)<br />Aurora University<br />347 S. Gladstone Avenue<br />Aurora, IL 60506<br />

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