eet M e in M llege denti al CoMy Resi Academic & Career Advisors in Residence and Academic Fellows Presented by Melissa Hechtman March 13, 2012
About U.M.• A private research university with more than 15,000 students from around the world, the University of Miami is a vibrant and diverse academic community focused on teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond.• Leadership: President Donna E. Shalala• The University is comprised of 12 schools and colleges serving undergraduate and graduate students in more than 180 majors and programs.• In 2011, U.S.News & World Report ranked UM No. 38 in its "Best Colleges" listings, and it continued to be ranked as the top school in Florida; it also cited several of its programs in “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” In the past 10 years, UM has moved up 29 spots in the "Best Colleges" rankings.• Established in 1925 during the region’s famous real estate boom, UM is a major research university engaged in nearly $339 million in research and sponsored program expenditures a year. While the majority of this work is housed at the Miller School of Medicine, investigators conduct dozens of studies in other areas, including marine science, engineering, education, and psychology.
Mission StatementThe University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to createknowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. Core Values We are absolutely committed to freedom of inquiry—the freedom to think, to question, to criticize, and to dissent. We will pursue the value of excellence in our research and educational missions with the single-mindedness that only greatcommitments deserve. We will provide our students with the foundations for ethical citizenship and service to others, a respect for differences among people, and acommitment to high standards of thought and communication. We also will prepare them for rewarding lifelong careers and will imbue in them a continued and permanent desire for the study of knowledge and the search for truth.
Student Demographics at U.M.• Undergraduate student enrollment is 15,432 (as of Fall 2011)• 14,736 students are enrolled full-time• 49% male, 51% female Geographic Origins Racial/Ethnic Distribution White, Non- 50% Miami-Dade 24% Hispanic Broward 7% Hispanic 29% Other Florida 12% Asian/Pacific 11% Islander Other U.S. & 45% Black, Non- 8% Territories Hispanic Identify with 2 or 2% International 12% more races
New Student Enrollment• 2,172 new freshmen enrolled Fall 2011• Over half of new freshmen graduated in the top 5% of their high school class, almost three-quarters in the top 10%• Mean SAT was 1319• 51% Male, 49% Female• 3% increase in students who identify as Asian/Pacific Islander• 9% fewer students from Miami-Dade County• 9% more students from Other U.S. & Territories
• We promote a diverse academic experience for all undergraduate students at the University of Miami, with a focus on groups who have been historically underrepresented in higher education.• We strive to: – Teach first year students how to navigate UM – Cultivate a seamless transition of educational opportunities throughout their undergraduate career – Create programs that enhance students’ academic experiences between university faculty and administration – Foster relationships among groups that traditionally do not interact• We enhance the First Year Experience through: Academic & Career Advisors in Residence Academic Fellows
Housing and Residential LifeResidential Colleges•Based on the tradition of Oxford and Cambridge Universities, theresidential colleges combine the personal attention, support, andfamily-like atmosphere of a small college with the extensive resourcesof a major research university.•The Universitys residential colleges support and enhance studentlearning through live-in faculty and student affairs staff as well as awide range of programs, seminars, concerts, lectures, field trips, andsports and recreational activities throughout the school year.•Most first year students live on campus in Stanford ResidentialCollege & Hecht Residential College.•SRC & HRC each house 900 first year students.
The Residential First Year• Experience FYE at the University of Miami is a campus-wide, collaborative effort to give first-year students the resources and support they need to make a smooth transition into the campus community.• FYE programs and services help our new students learn to navigate campus and available resources, and addresses the issues most common to first-year students.• Designated buildings house first-year students.• First-year students live together in a purposive community specifically dedicated to their academic success and successful transition to the University of Miami.• Student staff – Resident Assistants (RA) and Academic Fellows (AF) - live on the floors and work with the students to create communities that assist students with transitioning to the University, learning about campus and academic resources, and maximizing their learning at the University of Miami.
FYE Learning Outcomes are Based on Four Central ThemesAcademic Success Community•First-year students will be able to identify the •First-year students will be able to articulate what itacademic requirements and expectations of the means to be a member of a global community bothinstitution, the resources provided to support their within and outside the collegiate environmentacademic success and career development, and through open dialogue, involvement opportunities,opportunities available for interaction with faculty leadership development, and civic engagementboth within and outside of the classroom •First-year students will be able to increase their awareness and appreciation of diversity in its broadest sense, foster respect for others, promote tolerance, and affirm differences among people both within and beyond the institutionTransition Safety/Wellness•First-year students will be able to integrate •First-year students will be able to demonstrate howacademically and socially by making the campus being proactive in their approach to makingconnections that will increase their knowledge of informed life choices, taking responsibility for theirresources, services and programs actions, and utilizing appropriate resources helps•First-year students will be able to explore who they them to maintain their personal health, wellness andare and examine what they believe and value while safetyestablishing and maintaining effective interpersonalrelationships
FYE: Academic Success• Academic & Career Advisors in Residence Melissa Hechtman V. Chunoo Stanford ACAR Hecht ACAR
ACARs•Triage academic concerns•Assist with major and career selection•Refer students to the appropriate academic supportservices•Work collaboratively with residential college faculty andstaff, academic units, and a variety of university services•Assist students with the development of a curricular/careerplan that is consistent with their abilities and intereststhrough personality and aptitude testing, individualoutreach, and educational presentations
ACAR Responsibilities• Provide supplemental academic and career advising to students in our respective residential colleges (900 each) – Emphasis on students who identify as “undecided” or “undeclared” – Advising at U.M. is decentralized • A&S – Center for Freshman Advising • Faculty advisors & professional advisors • Undeclared students are assigned to various administrators or ENG instructors• Contribute to the overall direction of the residential college through collaboration with Area Director, Assistant Area Director and Resident Faculty Master (Senior Staff)• Serve as the assigned academic advisor for 15 Foote Fellows per year (roughly 30 students each year in practice)• Serve as the scholarship advisor for 5-10 Hammond Scholars per year (roughly 20-30 students each year in practice)• Co-supervise a staff of 26 Academic Fellows• Other duties as assigned – Examples include: Piloting GradesFirst and MAPWorks software, SRC Newsletter
Advising Tools &• UM Bulletin Resources• College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Advising Guide• Departmental websites• Degree Audit (ACE: Academic Credit Evaluation)• Forms – Four Year Plans – Academic Success Plans• Toppel Career Center – Self-Directed Search – TypeFocus Assessment – What Can I Do With This Major? – CANE Explorers (programming)
Academic Fellows• Modeled after the “Freshman Fellows” at the University of Rochester• 2012-2013 will be the fifth year of the AF program• Academic Fellows (AFs) are undergraduate student staff members who live in the residential colleges.• AFs serve as an academic transitional support system for students as they face new challenges and concerns during their first year of college.• Over the course of an academic year, AFs work an average of 10-12 hours per week.• These hours include programs, working on bulletin boards, office hours, staff meetings and other duties as assigned.• Compensation: AFs receive single room credit in designated first year residential college community
Academic Fellows• 26 Academic Fellows• Ratio of AFs to freshmen: 1:80• Currently, AFs live on every other floor of first year housing communities• Each AF serves two floors (one male, one female)• The AF and RAs from the two floors create a “house”
AF Selection• Application Requirements – 3.0 GPA – May not be on Strict or Final Disciplinary Probation – Completed application – Two recommendation forms – Resume• The AF position is not advertised, but typically 100 students apply• Three steps in the process – Application & related materials – Individual Interview – Group Interview • Three workshops that address diversity, programming and communication• Returning applicants complete a separate form• Applicants may be offered a position in a residential college or a position in the alternate pool
AF Selection Applicant Pool for the 2012-2013 academic year101 candidates submitted applicationsThe mean GPA of the candidate pool was 3.65962% of applicants were female38% were male87% of applicants were freshmen13% were sophomores37% of applicants preferenced SRC34% preferenced HRC10% preferenced MRC or PRC19% had no preference
AF TrainingAcademic Policy/Procedure Administrative Duties•Severe Weather •Bulletin Boards•University Academic Policies •Door Decorations•University of Miami Student Rights and •Customer Service and Office EtiquetteResponsibilities •Selection Process•University of Miami Honor CodeSkills Programming•Academic Planning •Program Model•Active Listening •Budget•Counseling Resources •Generating Ideas•Confrontation •Promotion•Conflict Mediation •Implementation•Time and Energy Management •EvaluationResources Training with RAs•Campus Tour •Diversity•Offices and Departments •Team Building•Meeting Staff/Faculty/Administrators •FYE •University Initiatives •Building Preparations **Staff Development & Special Topics**
AF ProgrammingHouse Programming Building-Wide Programming•Minimum of four •Two or three per semester•Two in the first six weeks •AF Fashion Show•One with another AF •SRC Spelling Bee•One with an RA •Dinner with the Deans•One with faculty •Evening with Educators•At least six residents •Study BreakPassive Programming Other Programming•Bulletin boards •ACAR Programs•Valentines & Study Tips •OAE & HRL Initiatives•Candy Bowl •Majors & Minors Fair•A-Wall**Programs must be approved in advance
AF Program Evaluation Program Data: Fall 2011 124 programs Average: 28 residents per program Total Cost: $2,765,51 Average Cost per Program: $22.30 Topics Included: Campus Tours, Academic Planning Healthy Habits, Pre-Health Planning Study Tips, Resume Building…Feedback from AF SelectionRA & AF EBI Survey 2012Advising Appointments & MAP-WorksContacts
Flow of the YearAugust-September October•AF Training •House Programming•Opening of Residential Halls •Building-wide Programming•Orientation & Registration •Academic Alerts•FYE (6 weeks)•Add/Drop•MAP-Works SurveyNovember December•Advising •Final Exams•Registration Appointments •Planning for Spring AF Training•House Programming •Letters of Recommendation•Building-wide Programming •Budget Planning•AF Applications AvailableOngoing Activities: Hammond Meetings, Foote Fellow Meetings, AF Individual SupervisionMeetings, AF Weekly Staff Meetings, Walk-in Advising
Flow of the YearJanuary February•AF Training •AF & RA Selection•Spring Orientation •Academic Alerts•Add/DropMarch April•House Programming •Advising•Building-wide Programming •Registration Appointments•Hammond Scholarship Weekend •Prestigious Awards & Fellowships•Harambe Weekend ReceptionMay June-July•Final Exams •Miami Model Summer Programs•Honors Day Convocation •Planning AF Program Implementation•Senior Mwambo •Planning for New Initiatives•Commencement •Professional Development/Conferences
Goals• Increase the number of ACARs & AFs• Expand AF program to a “sophomore experience”• Revise the AF selection process to be more efficient• Engage faculty in AF residential college programming• Develop better evaluation tools for the AF and ACAR programs• Use MAP-Works data to inform programming efforts• Implement GradesFirst• Continually improve outreach to undecided/undeclared freshmen• Pilot online UMX course in Fall 2012