Texas Tech University

Committee on Academic Advising & Retention (CAAR)

Strategic Plan (Revised 3/26/2013)

Academic Advising Excellence through Enhanced Policies and Procedures

Academic Advising Excellence Through Transfer Relations

Academic Advising Excellence Through Academic Advisor Professional Development

Academic Advising Excellence Through Enhanced Technology

Academic Advising Excellence Through Assessment of Academic Advising Assessment

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Charge:

The quality of undergraduate academic advising and retention is a significant component of the success of students at Texas Tech University. The Undergraduate Advising and Retention Committee, hereafter referred to as “the committee”, shall serve in an advisory capacity to the provost regarding matters related to undergraduate academic advising, retention, and college transfer. The committee provides leadership in recommending policies, procedures and priorities concerning academic advising, student retention, and college transfer. The committee provides oversight of the University's undergraduate academic advising procedures. The committee has authority to support all academic units in improving the delivery of their academic advising systems in accordance with University policies. The mission of the committee is to support the academic success of Texas Tech University (TTU) undergraduate students through the promotion of effective academic advisement and retention. The committee strives to meet the following objectives through regular meetings:

  1. Discuss and make policy recommendations
  2. Share information and best practices
  3. Assess academic advising effectiveness
  4. Report regularly to the academic deans and departments
  5. Promote professional development among the Texas Tech University advising community.

The committee is a Texas Tech University advisory committee convened by the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs in response to the recommendations of the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President. All policy recommendations shall be brought to academic council for its consideration. The committee is comprised of undergraduate professionals from a broad spectrum of units. The committee’s tasks include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Proposing and vetting advising initiatives and policy changes
  2. Developing reliable lines of communication for advisors with campus advising units, the university's administration, and other university and off-campus groups,
  3. Advancing understanding of the purposes and functions of academic advising
  4. Identifying and promoting professional development opportunities for advisors
  5. Providing a forum for dialogue about undergraduate advising and retention and a venue for innovation and change
  6. Conducting regular assessment of all undergraduate academic advising, persistence, and college transfer efforts, and
  7. Ensuring that academic advisors are involved in university initiatives that impact their work.

Voting Membership:

Voting members will consist of appointed representatives from Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Athletics, Business Administration, Center for Campus Life, Community College and Transfer Relations, Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs, Education, Engineering, Enrollment Management, Honors, Housing, Human Sciences, Information Technology, Institutional Diversity, Media and Communication, Registrar, Student Disability Services, Student Government Association, Student Housing, Support Operations for Academic Retention, University College, and Visual & Performing Arts.

Operating Procedures:

The committee shall develop its own operating procedures subject to the approval of the provost. Copies of all minutes and reports will be provided to the members of the committee and submitted to the provost. The committee will establish the following standing committees:

  1. Technology and Resources
  2. Advising Policy and Procedures
  3. Advising Quality and Assessment
  4. Professional Development, and
  5. College Transfer

In addition to these committees, the development of an Advisors Roundtable will begin in the Fall 2012. The roundtable will serve as a way for advisory support office to reach the advising community as a whole. This will be led by the Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

Voting:

Each representative has one vote. Ex-officio representatives shall not vote, except that the chair of the committee shall vote to break any tie. Members' substitutes carry a full voting proxy.

Chairperson:

The committee is chaired by the Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

Membership:

Email: Committee on Academic Advising & Retention (CAAR)

College/Division/Department Representative Term Begins Term Ends
Assistant Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education Gibbs, Ryan
2011
2013
Associate Vice Provost, Student Affairs Duran, Cathy
2011
2013
Associate Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education, Chair Hughes, Patrick
2011
2013
Athletic Department Lackey, Rodney
2011
2013
Center for Campus Life Manning, Zach
2011
2013
Center for Campus Life/Assessment Miller, Tara
2011
2013
College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Johnson, Ramona
2011
2013
College of Architecture Perkins, Patti
2014
2016
College of Arts & Sciences Borst, Stefanie
2014
2016
College of Arts & Sciences Hellman, Pam
2011
2013
College of Arts & Sciences Poffenbarger, Judy
2011
2013
College of Education Brasher, Donna
2011
2013
College of Education Watson, Connie
2014
2016
College of Human Sciences Dean, Jenni
2014
2016
College of Mass Communications Wernsman, Marijane
2011
2013
College of Visual & Performing Arts Nordstrom, Kathy
2011
2013
Community College & Transfer Relations Phelps, DaNay
2011
2013
Enrollment Management Logan, Ethan
2014
2016
Honors College Veal, Janet
2011
2013
Information Technology Austin, Kathy
2011
2013
Institutional Research Reynolds, Jeanine
2011
2013
Library Heinz, Laura
2012
2014
Office of Institutional Diversity Martinez, Jobi
2011
2013
Office of Planning and Assessment Morton, Craig
2011
2013
Pre-Professional Health Careers Gellene, Greg
2011
2013
Rawls College of Business Carnes, Adrienne
2011
2013
Registrar Brown, Bobbie
2011
2013
Registrar Price, Nicci
2012
2014
Student Disability Services Justyna, Erin
2011
2013
Student Disability Services Phillippe, Larry
2011
2013
Student Government Association Cotton, Luke
2013
2014
Student Housing Bowles, Erika
2014
2016
Student Housing Green, D'aun
2011
2013
Support Operations for Academic Retention Kiser, Michelle
2011
2013
Teaching Learning & Professional Development Center Tapp, Suzanne
2011
2013
Undergraduate Admissions Logan, Ethan
2011
2013
University Advising Barron, Joshua
2011
2013
University Advising Nutter, Catherine
2011
2013
University Studies Foley, Sarah
2011
2013
Whitacre College of Engineering Morse, Audra
2011
2013