Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Workshop #W49
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
CANCELED: Academic Advising for Faculty Advisors: How to Improve the Quality of Advising Given Increased Demand and Fewer Resources
Friday, May 25, 2012
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
206 (Convention Center)
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Mitch Fryling, Ph.D.
GENEVIEVE M. DEBERNARDIS (University of Nevada, Reno), NATASHA MONTABELLO (University of Nevada, Reno), MITCH FRYLING (California State University, Los Angeles)
Description: Academic advising faces considerable challenges in the current economic climate. Professional academic advising positions and academic centers are being cut and fewer resources are available, while the workload is greater than ever for faculty advisors. Additionally, a majority of faculty are put into the role of advisor with little or no training. However, assessment and improvements to academic advising still need to be conducted. Therefore, there is an escalating demand for integrating technology into academic advising, reducing in-person appointments, and increasing the use of remote advising through web-based and computer program technologies. Over the course of the workshop, participants will engage in a variety of activities aimed at providing a comprehensive understanding of the role of faculty academic advising in assisting students in their educational and career goals. Participants will be exposed to numerous and readily accessible academic advising resources including an overview of the National Academic Advising Association and an introduction to how to use the vast amount of resources available through this organization's website and publications to improve advising practices.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

Identify strengths and deficits in advising practice

Discuss the role of the developmental advising approach in an oftentimes prescriptive advising world

Develop best practices suited for their own unique advising role

Use an academic advising syllabus to make "advising as teaching" clear to advisees

Collect data for assessment of advising

Utilize their institution's general, academic advising, and department mission statements to create meaningful objectives for the academic advising interaction between advisor and advisees

Select effective web-based and computer program technologies to assist in advising

Activities: Please note that it is highly recommended that participants bring a laptop with Internet connection to assist in the participation of workshop activities. Participants will create an academic advising syllabus specific to their practice. Additionally, participants will review their current institution's general, advising, and department mission statements to determine how to align the syllabus objectives with the goals of the institution. Participants will learn how to create and implement academic advising evaluations as a means of ongoing assessment. There will be multiple opportunities to view and analyze sample videos to identify best approaches to common advising encounters.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for behavior analysts, faculty, instructors, educators, and administrators with interest or experience in academic advising. This workshop is also appropriate for individuals (e.g., graduate students) considering careers in academia where academic advising is often a required component.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): academic advising, assessment, online learning, program evaluation



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