Establishing an advising presence lang & saini


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Establishing an Advising Presence in Residence Life

NACADA Region 4 Miami 2012

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Establishing an advising presence lang & saini

  1. 1. ESTABLISHING ANADVISING PRESENCEIN RESIDENCE LIFEWorking Together to Encourage AcademicSuccess
  2. 2. Welcome! Aparna Saini, M.S. Stephanie Lang, M.A. Senior Academic Advisor Senior Academic Advisor
  3. 3. Academic Advising Center Advising for freshmen and most sophomores General education and lower division requirements 19 Central 11 Bridge Advisors Advisors located in main housed in 8 office colleges
  4. 4. Goals of Session Understand the unique needs of housing students Discuss programs and services to meet the needs of housing students from an Academic Advising perspective Be better able to integrate Academic Advising into a Student Affairs setting Recognize the successes and challenges of establishing and maintaining relationships between an Academic Advising Center and University Housing Discuss strategies to publicize services and programs to the housing community
  5. 5. Florida International University Located in Miami, FL 4 year public research university 46,000 students Hispanic-serving institution Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral programs
  6. 6. Student DemographicsAsian or PacificIslander Other Asian or 4% 7% Pacific Islander Other Hispanic African 7% 7% 19% America n 13% Hispanic White White 61% Non- Non- African Hispanic Hispanic America 23% 15% n 13% Total Population On-Campus Residents
  7. 7. Student Demographics GraduatesNumber of 8% students living on Seniors campus: 16% Freshmen 37% 2,700 Juniors 22% Sophomores Classification 17%
  8. 8. Recent Findings According to the National Survey of Student Engagement annual report (2007):  Students will gravitate toward what they view as comfortable and convenient  Conditions must be intentionally structured and promoted for students to take advantage of them
  9. 9. Needs of Housing Students In order for students to be academically successful, students need a support network
  10. 10. Our Goals Outreach to an already established population Create an environment where students feel comfortable Provide more accessible services How can we achieve this? In addition to the central academic advising office, we integrated ourselves into theAcademic Resource Center located in University Housing & Residence Life.
  11. 11. Academic Resource Center A structured and convenient environment for students located within housing Provides:  Tutoring from peer mentors  Academic Advising  1:1advising  Academic workshops  Collaboration w/ First-Year Librarian
  12. 12. ARC Peak TimesMonday-Wednesday 5-8pm & Thursday 1-4pm
  13. 13. Number of Students Spring 2011: 75 students Fall 2011: 65 students Spring 2012 (as of March 8th):15 students ARC Advising Numbers 80 60 40 20 0 Spring 2011 Fall 2011
  14. 14. Marketing Tabling  InResidence Halls  Campus-wide Postcards/posters Orientation Facebook RAs  Academic Programming Advising sessions
  15. 15. Integration of AcademicAdvising1. Identify existing population of students2. Current resources3. Avenues that are available to bring Academic Advising to these students4. Collaboration with department to establish goals or outcomes before initiating services5. Brainstorm strategies on how to meet and implement goals6. Review and evaluate the results
  16. 16. Breakout In groups of 2-3, please discuss the following: How has your institution adapted Academic Advising in your Residence Halls, or how do you see this adapting to your institution? What are some possible challenges? What is the most important component to this type of program?
  17. 17. Challenges Privacy of Housing information on students Marketing constraints  Poster locations  Door-to-door  Mailbox fliers Lack of support and buy-in by residence life
  18. 18. Benefits Outreach to greater number of students Specified advising for housing population Convenience Flexible hours Comfortable environment Accessibility of Advisors
  19. 19. Moving Forward Evaluation  Marketing/Outreach # of students  Peak times  Workshop topics “In house” Academic Advisor
  20. 20. References Dalton, J. & Crosby, P. (2008). Challenging college students to learn in campus cultures of comfort, convenience and complacency. Journal of College and Character. 9(3), 1- 5. National Survey of Student Engagement. (2007). Experiences That Matter: Enhancing Student Learning and Success—annual results 2007. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research.
  21. 21. Thank You!