Exciting developments continue in Student Affairs…this time in Academic Advising. If you have ever visited the Enrollment Center during peak registration times, you’ll agree that the place is jumping with activity…sometimes too much activity. With a constant eye on improving processes we knew we had to find a better way to serve students. Gaucho 101 serves as First Semester Advisors with the goal to serve new-to-college, degree-seeking students, this allows only continuing students to be served by Academic Advisors in the Enrollment Center. At the same time, thanks to SPA, we have data that shows students will see multiple Academic Advisors in a very short time, sometimes as many as six advisors! All of this adding to the number of students waiting in the Enrollment Center.
Other than adding to the volume of students in the Enrollment Center, seeing multiple advisors means that students have to introduce themselves multiple times, explain their goals multiple times, and possibly, receive multiple answers to their questions…all of this causing frustration for everyone.
So…the Academic Advisors have taken on this challenge and will be revamping their advisement model to include assigned-advisors for students! I am very excited about their process and the enthusiasm with which they have accepted the challenge. Special thanks to Melissa Turnbull, Interim Advisement Coordinator, for leading this challenge and guiding the Academic Advisors through program development. We will all be excited about the final outcome.
Remember…Student Affairs is focused on helping students develop relationships and connections with staff, helping to ease the path through their college experience, leading to a walk across the stage at commencement.