ESTABLISHING ANADVISING PRESENCEIN RESIDENCE LIFEWorking Together to Encourage AcademicSuccess
Welcome! Aparna Saini, M.S. Stephanie Lang, M.A. Senior Academic Advisor Senior Academic Advisor
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
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
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
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
Student Demographics GraduatesNumber of 8% students living on Seniors campus: 16% Freshmen 37% 2,700 Juniors 22% Sophomores Classification 17%
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
Needs of Housing Students In order for students to be academically successful, students need a support network
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.
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
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
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?
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
Benefits Outreach to greater number of students Specified advising for housing population Convenience Flexible hours Comfortable environment Accessibility of Advisors
Moving Forward Evaluation Marketing/Outreach # of students Peak times Workshop topics “In house” Academic Advisor
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.