Innovation; CASNR's Advising Academy completes first round of training
Eleven members of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources were honored today (Oct. 29) as the inaugural class of the CASNR Advising Academy. Representing the college's six departments, 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 the first class were:
- Benaissa Chidmi, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
- Robert Cox, Department of Natural Resources Management
- Mary Lou Flom, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications
- Sam Jackson, Department of Animal and Food Sciences
- Samantha Kahl, Department of Natural Resources Management
- Charles Klein, Department of Landscape Architecture
- Diann Merriman, Department of Plant and Soil Science
- Thayne Montague, Department of Plant and Soil Science
- Olga Murova, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
- Leslie Thompson, Department of Animal and Food Sciences
- Irita Winn, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications
Creation of CASNR's Advising Academy began last spring 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 Coordinator for Undergraduate Programs. 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.
Following completion, attendees were awarded a CASNR Advising Academy Member plaque by CASNR Dean Michael Galyean during a luncheon presentation. Chambers noted that a second initiative of the grant will take place in February in conjunction with CASNR's Career Fair.
Separately, she said that awarded colleges for the provost's grants for innovation in student success and retention will be featured presenters at Tech's Regional Success and Retention Symposium in February at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.
Written by Norman Martin
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