The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) selected Penn State's MajorQuest as the 2016 Advising Technology Innovation Award winner for creative and unique use of technology in support of academic advising. The Division of Undergraduate Studies developed and maintains MajorQuest as an electronic tool to help students find and explore majors that match their interests. Students use MajorQuest not only to discover viable majors but also to inform richer conversations with academic advisers who can guide them in connecting choices to personal interests, life goals, and academic opportunities. NACADA’s Annual Awards Program promotes recognition of outstanding advising programs and professionals within higher education with the goal of improving advising resources for students.
The 15th annual Professional Development Conference on Academic Advising will take place Friday, Sept. 30, at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. This year’s theme will focus on "Transitions: Energizing Advising and Student Communities for Change” and will feature presentations, workshops, and panel discussions that highlight relevant research and best practices in the advising community.
As academic advisers, faculty members, and support professionals learn to work with the new Starfish suite of advising tools, the Starfish for Student Success information website serves as a helpful resource, now including responses to Frequently Asked Questions, images of Student Views of Starfish screens, and a link to log in to the Starfish platform.