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Engaging the Academically Lost: . A Model for Academic Accountability Through Intrusive Advising. Presented by: Dr. Sherri Shoefstall , Director of Student Advising and Retention Services, Lamar University Erin Tabor, Director of Student Support Services, Lamar University. Advising Models. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Engaging the Academically Lost: A Model for Academic Accountability Through Intrusive AdvisingPresented by:

Dr. Sherri Shoefstall, Director of Student Advising and Retention Services, Lamar University

Erin Tabor, Director of Student Support Services, Lamar University1

Advising ModelsDevelopmental Advising Model

Process of Developmental Advising1. Exploring Life GoalsKnow students characteristics and developmentUnderstand decision-making processKnow principles of psychology and sociologyPossess skill in counseling techniquesAppreciate individual differencesBelieve in worth and dignity of all peopleBelieve that all people have potential

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Advising ModelsDevelopmental Advising Model-Contd

Process of Developmental Advising2. Exploring Career GoalsKnow vocational fieldsPossess skill in test interpretationUnderstand the changing nature of work in societyAccept all fields of work as worthy and dignified

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Advising ModelsDevelopmental Advising Model-Contd

3. Choosing ProgramsKnow programs available at UniversityKnow requirements of programs (special entrance requirements, fees, time commitments, etc.)Understand the changing nature of work in societyAccept all fields of work as worthy and dignified

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Advising ModelsDevelopmental Advising Model-Contd

4. Selecting CoursesKnow available coursesKnow special information about course (prerequisites, etc.)Know rules and regulations of the UniversityKnow honors and developmental coursesKnow instructors and their teaching stylesKnow course contentKnow advisees demonstrated abilities

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Advising ModelsDevelopmental Advising Model-Contd

5. Scheduling CoursesKnow course scheduleKnow all registration proceduresKnow advisees work and commuting scheduleSource: Noel, L. and Levitz, R. (1989). Managing Retention Through Early Intervention. (adapted from T. OBanion Developmental Advising Model). Iowa: Noel Levitz Centers for Institutional Effectiveness and Innovation, Inc. p 20.

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INTRUSIVE ADVISINGMany student support programs are designed based upon the assumption that students will self-identify academic and developmental needs and seek assistance. Some minority students and entering first-year college students have not established behavioral patterns that would motivate them to seek the assistance of these services. The Intrusive Advising model is valuable because it assumes that some students will not take the initiative in resolving their academic concerns, therefore, assigned counselors operate intrusively. Student Recruitment, Retention and MonitoringIntrusive Advising as a Model for Retention By Sharon Holmes, Iowa State University Advising Models7

WHY INTRUSIVE ADVISING WORKSAdvising ModelsStudents who know that an academic advisor will contact them are more motivated to keep up with their work.

Financial worries, which account for a large percentage of student attrition are of less concern to students who are advised and helped to fill out their applications. Intrusive advising provides the necessary nexus to make connections to the university retention services

Referrals to needed student services, along with the ongoing attention which informs students that someone at the University cares about them, are the major contributions of intrusive advising. 8

Advising ModelsIntrusive advising does not mean hand holding or parenting. Rather, it does mean active concern and a willingness to assist students to explore programs and services to improve their skills and motivate them to persist toward their goals. 9

Advising ModelsThe intrusive model of advising is action-oriented in involving and motivating students to seek help when needed. Utilizing the good qualities of prescriptive advising (expertise, awareness of student needs, structured programs) and of developmental advising (relationship to a student's total needs), intrusive advising is a direct response to an identified academic crisis with a specific program of action.Earl, 1987 10

Created to serve students falling into academic probation and suspension. These students were unable to maintain good academic standing or satisfactory academic progress.

Designed to retain students and boost graduation rates.

Contract centered

Learning and study skill focus

Proactive and intrusive advising

Program assessment and evaluation

Data driven changes

PASS Model11

Identification of probation and suspension students

Student notification

Intake appointmentNeeds Assessment QuestionnaireAcademic performance reviewContract creation

Assessment of learning and study skills

Referral to resources based on student need

University policy and procedure education

PASS Model12

PASS Model Flowchart

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PASS Fall Timeline

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PASS Spring Timeline

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PASS Contract

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Supporting ResearchStudies have shown that probationary students have higher GPAs when intrusive advising is used. Heisserer & Parette, 2002 17

Program Assessment18

Program AssessmentStudents who never met with a PASS advisor.2418% increase in GPAStudents who made a contract with a PASS advisor.128% increase in GPAStudents who completed their contract.6139% increase in GPA19

Consider your audiencePresident, Vice-Presidents and ProvostsDeans

Sections of a proposalNeed why do we need this program?Program goals what will the program do?Program design how will the goals be accomplished?Implementation plan how will the program be incorporated into the institution?Adequacy of resources what resources are necessary to ensure a quality program? Assessment plan how will the program be evaluated?

Program Proposal20

A Message from VINCENT TINTO:ConclusionStudents are more likely to succeed when they are placed in SUPPORTIVE educational settings that hold HIGH EXPECTATIONS for their success, provide FREQUENT FEEDBACK about their performance, and require them to be ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN LEARNING WITH OTHERS.21

Questions?22