Webinar: Intrusive Academic Advising

Intrusive Academic Advising: An Effective Strategy to Increase Student Success
28 October 2009
online (1-3pm EDT)

NOTE: Payment is not required prior to event.

Enquiries: pam@ieinfo.org
Web address: http://www.innovativeeducators.org
Sponsored by: Innovative Educators

This session will examine the concept of “intrusive academic advising,” which was formulated by Robert Glennan in the mid-1970s. Intrusive (or “proactive”) advising has been found to have a positive impact on student success. Intrusive advising means that colleges and universities through instructional faculty, academic advisors, counselors and others take the initiative to reach out to students to offer advice, support and assistance, rather than waiting for students to seek help. For example, intrusive academic advising expects that advisors will schedule meetings with their advisees at critical junctures, especially during the first-year of enrollment, following receipt of notifications of academic difficulty, planning academic programs, changing majors, etc.

Intrusive advising does not mean “hand holding” or the return of in loco parentis. Rather, it suggests that faculty, counselors, academic advisors and others demonstrate an active concern for students’ academic progress and a concomitant willingness to assist students to understand and utilize programs and services that can increase the likelihood for their success. Intrusive advising programs and advisors understand that many students, especially those who may be at greater risk for dropping out, often do not seek assistance in time for the assistance to have a positive impact on their progress.

*Principles and philosophy of intrusive advising: What do we mean by intrusive advising?
*How and why intrusive advising impacts student achievement, persistence and success.
*How to implement intrusive advising programs and interventions.
*Professional development for intrusive academic advising programs and advisors
*Best practices in intrusive academic advising.

Who Should Attend?
*Vice-Presidents and Deans
*Advising administrators
*Student affairs professionals
*Student affairs leaders
*University 101 instructors
*Retention coordinators
*Anyone interested in improving student retention and engagement

Who is the speaker?
Thomas Brown – a lifelong student and academic affairs educator with an impressive record of effectiveness in creating academic and student affairs programs that promote increased learning, achievement, and success. Tom served as Dean of Advising Services/Special Program at Saint Mary’s College of California, was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the National Academic Advising Association, and was chairperson of the Prelaw Advisors National Council.

Tom is currently Managing Principal of a consulting network that assists campuses to increase student success, build inclusive communities, and manage change (http://www.tbrownassociates.com). He also writes an occasional column, The Advising Dean, for The St. Helena Star newspaper in California’s Napa Valley

His work is based on an integration of theories, research findings, and practical experience that makes a real difference for individuals and institutions.

A consultant to more than 350 colleges and universities in the US and abroad.

Regularly invited to deliver keynote addresses at national conferences, campus colloquia, and professional development workshops for faculty and staff.

Nationally recognized author and expert in retention, academic advising, promoting the success of at-risk students, international education, and diversity/inclusivity training.

About Jennie Barnsley

I am the Research Development Officer in the CLTR (Centre for Learning & Teaching Research) where I have worked part-time since January 2005. In this role I develop activities and resources to encourage and support colleagues across the institution to research their pedagogic theory and practice.
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2 Responses to Webinar: Intrusive Academic Advising

  1. Hi Christine.

    I agree about the negative connotations – have to say, I did a kind of mental step back when the event information first appeared in my email. But it did seem to be a really interesting idea. Maybe you should book on to the webinar and argue for a change in branding 😉

    Delighted to read that you’re enjoying yourself here. And thanks for your input on the blog.

  2. Olugbenga David Ojo (Ph.D) says:

    I am a counselling psychologist and I want to point out the fact that irrespective of the negative connotations, intrusive academic advising is a right step for those studying through distance education considering all factors that are not in their favour unlike those who are in conventional institutions. It is really a way to bail them out of their isolation. I therefore advice that students’ significant others in ODL institutions should endavour to use it as a strategy to help their students in other to promote retention and resuce attrition.

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