Student Retention; Advising Academy completes second round of training
Twelve members of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources were honored today (Oct. 27) as the second class of the CASNR Advising Academy. Representing five of the college's departments and the CASNR Dean's Office, the participants focused on a series of workshops that ultimately aim to provide more consistency between programs, give faculty and staff more confidence when advising students, and create a more efficient advising process.
"We're known for having an excellent advising program, and this makes it even better," said Cindy Akers, CASNR's Associate Dean for Academic and Student Programs.
Members of this year's class were:
• Matthew Barnes, Department of Natural Resources Management
• Nan Li, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications
• Nathan Hall, Department of Animal and Food Sciences
• Chance Brooks, Department of Animal and Food Sciences
• Eric Bernard, Department of Landscape Architecture
• So Park, Department of Landscape Architecture
• Ashley Elle, Department of Plant and Soil Science
• Summer Loneragan, Department of Plant and Soil Science
• Lindsey Slaughter, Department of Plant and Soil Science
• Robert Wright, Department of Plant and Soil Science
• Stephanie Legako, CASNR Dean's Office
• Ever Macias, CASNR Dean's Office
Creation of CASNR's Advising Academy began in 2014 when Tech's Provost Office issued a request for proposals for the 'Provost's Grants for Innovation in Student Success and Retention.' Akers and staff of the Dr. Bill Bennett Student Success Center were selected as a recipient, and were awarded a $6,800 grant to improve second-year retention. The first initiative of the grant was the CASNR Advising Academy, which took place this month.
The academy consists of four sessions, said Savannah Chambers, CASNR's Program Manager of Undergraduate Studies. The first session included guest speakers from various departments on campus, including the Student Counseling Center, Learning Center and Student Disability Services. The second focused on software resources available to advisors, such as DegreeWorks and GradesFirst appointment scheduling. The third session reviewed the University Career Center, as well as academic recovery steps and the graduation process. The final session focused on what an advising session should look like.
Written by Norman Martin
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