PROGRAMS AND LEARNING
Goal 2: Develop a comprehensive approach to improved advising that promotes an integrated learning and enhanced general education experience, consistent with our campus LEAP initiative.
Leaders: Deb Heiber, Advising Council; Pam Tanner, Advising Council
The Advising Council meets regularly and is formulating ways to improve advising across campus. Council members representing the four colleges and the Academic Advising & Exploration Center have written overviews of how advising works in their unit. The coordinators have also met to review the data from the 2008 and 2010 advising assessment surveys.
The Academic Advising & Exploration Center (AAEC) teamed up with the Center for Global Education to create an orientation for new international students.
The Council has looked at all available advising assessment data and has been identifying best practices for all aspects of a student’s advising career, attempting to capture a “comprehensive” view of the students advising experience from Plan-It Purple to graduation.
The College of Letters & Sciences (L&S) developed a “Meet Your Major” program where newly declared majors in the college learn how the General Education curriculum has fit into their broader experience, and look ahead to what they will study in their major, and why. One of the goals is to help students recognize the breadth of opportunities for learning and experience within their major, as well as to help them begin conceptualizing some of the ends to which their learning can be put.
L&S has created a new Assistant Dean for Student Success position (half-time).
The Undergraduate Research Program (URP)’s self-assessment survey included questions related to “Intellectual and practical skills” and “Integrative learning,” two LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes.
The College of Business and Economics (CoBE) hired a new, full-time sophomore advisor to meet the growing number of business students.
CoBE developed a detailed degree planning manual for all students and faculty in the college. The manual will guide students through all levels of understanding degree requirements, standards, processes, terms, and other aspects of the advising experience. The guide doubles as a training tool and reference for faculty advisors.
Plans for 2013-14:
The College of Education and Professional Studies (COEPS) is developing a new Advising webpage with subcategories based on the types of students in COEPS and the specific information tailored to their needs. This will range from native UW-W students, transfer students, post-baccalaureate students seeking an initial teaching license, licensed teachers seeking an add-on teaching license, and out-of-state licensed teachers seeking WI licensure. The COEPS website redesign committee anticipates a winter 2013-14 launch.
A special committee of college Master Advisors is reviewing and rewriting the advising outcomes and the advising assessment survey, both with a mind toward LEAP-oriented outcomes. The Advising Council will also discuss revising the learning outcomes at their September, 2013 meeting.
URP will work with the AAEC to increase awareness of research opportunities for freshman. They intend also to work with coordinators of Learning Communities, instructors of New Student Seminars, Warhawk Premier Day, and student organizations to do the same for underclassmen.