Welcome to the newest edition to the Faculty Newsletter-a page devoted to advising! All advising related topics are game, and topic suggestions are welcome!
This week's topic is our Quality Initiative Project (QIP) for our upcoming Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation visit.
The Quality Initiative Project is a new component of the HLC Open Pathways accreditation program. In this system, institutions self-identify a project they want to work on and assess as part of the accreditation process. Last year, faculty chose advising as our QIP.
Our project, Academic Advising: Elevating our Practice, seeks to leverage the advisor/advisee relationship to help students identify and engage in experiences-academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular-that align with their developmental stage and preparation for life after graduation.
The 2010-11 advising program review and 2012 Senior Survey data reveal both strengths and weaknesses in our advising program. These data demonstrate a caring relationship between advisor and advisee, one which helped students identify courses that best meet professional and personal needs of the student. However, the program review identified a lack of organizational structure for our advising program, a culture of advising on campus that is inconsistent with current best practices in advising, and minimal assessment of the advising program and student experiences within the program. Senior survey data reveal we are missing opportunities in advising to link students to meaningful experiences.
The QIP is part of a larger effort to address these concerns and others. Two critical components of the QIP are professional development for advisors and creating advising resources for both advisors and advisees.
We will be collecting data throughout this academic year, and we will compile our findings in the fall of 2014.
You can read the entire QIP proposal here.