Advising to Make the Grade


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Advising to Make the Grade-FYE Assignments That Benefit Students and Advisors.

NACADA Region 4 MIami 2012

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Advising to Make the Grade

  1. 1. Advising to Make the GradeFYE Assignments that Benefit Students and Advisers Veronica Giguere Florida Institute of Technology
  2. 2. Advising to Make the Grade• Bring advising into the first-year seminar through purposeful assignments that touch on key student skills while creating a robust advisee portfolio• Learn how one university integrates advising into the first-year seminar curriculum through time management, midterm grade reflection, and faculty student interviews
  3. 3. Benefit Students and Advisers• Examine assignments that meet shared goals for both first-year student advisers and first-year student seminar instructors• Receive exercises and examples that you can modify to suit your own course and department objectives
  4. 4. Florida Institute of Technology• Private, four-year research institution in Melbourne, Florida• ASC 1000 – University Experience (UE) – Coordinated through Academic Support Center – Required for FTIC as part of undergraduate core – One credit, A-F; meets 1 hour over 16 weeks – Introduction to campus, academic strategies, university resources, and campus life
  5. 5. First-Year Seminar Instruction• 2010: 590 FTIC enrolled in ASC 1000 – 24 sections taught by alumni, faculty, staff• 2011: 690 FTIC enrolled in ASC 1000 – 27 sections taught by alumni, faculty, staff – 12 of these sections taught by advising staff (4)• 2012: ~700 FTIC expected – 30 sections taught by alumni, faculty, staff – 12 of these sections taught by advising staff (4)
  6. 6. Shared Goals for First-Year Students• Reflect upon goals • Work with adviser to (academic and personal) create and maintain an• Become acquainted with academic schedule to fit university procedures, academic and personal campus resources, and goals local community • Use campus resources,• Develop academic skills including faculty and and strategies to persist staff services, to persist through the first year and through the first year and beyond beyond
  7. 7. Six Key Assignments• Who Are You? – Week 1• 168 Hours – Week 4• Student Résumé – Week 6• Midterm Grade Evaluation – Week 9• Registration Planning Sheet – Week 12• Faculty Interview – Week 14
  8. 8. Who Are You? – Week 1Shared Objectives• Familiarity with students’ goals, interests, and personal motivations• The “whole story” rather than simply “name to face”
  9. 9. 168 Hours – Week 4Shared Objectives• Introduction of time management strategy• Awareness of academic and personal time split• Familiarity with weekly format for resource management
  10. 10. Student Résumé – Week 6Shared Objectives• Awareness of goals and objectives beyond first year• Importance of academic and service activities to employment• Interaction with career management services and community opportunities
  11. 11. Midterm Grade Evaluation – Week 9Shared Objectives• Record and reflect upon midterm grades• Practice calculation of grade point average
  12. 12. Registration Planning Sheet – Week 12Shared Objectives• Familiarity with choosing courses for next semester• Use time management skills to schedule classes per personal goals and interests• Prepare for meeting with adviser to register for classes
  13. 13. Faculty Interview – Week 14Shared Objectives• Initiate conversation with faculty member within department• Assist in transition from advising center to faculty adviser within department
  14. 14. Challenges to the Model• Sharing information when the adviser is not the instructor• Common objectives for different majors• Uniform grading of assignments• Paper completion vs. online completion• Student perception of assignments/activities
  15. 15. Improvements & Modifications• Adviser input modifies assignments• Specific advising = Detailed assignments• Electronic assignment completion – Paperless – Immediate feedback – Central repository for assignments
  16. 16. Something for Everyone!• Limited number of exercises with rubric• Download at: – Presentation slides with notes – Exercises with grading rubric – Syllabus & Grading Policies• Contact Information – – (321) 674-7115 – Additional social media (“Veronica Giguere”)