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Academic Advising News

Academic Advising News is published as a service of the Academic Advising Portal, an academic advising and information website maintained by Penn State's Division of Undergraduate Studies.

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Academic Advising News: May 2015

May 1, 2015

On Wednesday, May 13, 1:00–5:00 p.m., in 010 Sparks Building, University Park, the advising community is invited to view a demonstration of Starfish Retention Solutions, a comprehensive software system that the LionPATH advising team is considering as a robust University-wide advising toolkit. On May 4, ProjectLionPATH@psu.edu will send an email reminder to members of the advising community with details and a request to RSVP for either a seat in 010 Sparks or participation via Adobe Connect.

Proposals are now being accepted for presentations, workshops and posters for Penn State’s 14th annual Professional Development Conference on Academic Advising, scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 11, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, University Park. Proposals are due not later than May 15, and the submission form is available at http://www.dus.psu.edu/advisers/conf_proposals.html

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Margaret A. Sebastianelli, senior undergraduate studies programs coordinator and director of student services in the College of Health and Human Development, and Beth Seymour, pre-major adviser and education abroad coordinator at Penn State Altoona, have been selected as the recipients for the 2015 Penn State Excellence in Advising Award.

Students interested in learning Arabic may be eligible for federally funded scholarships available through the STARTTALK Arabic AcademyJune 11–July 8, at University Park. Additional scholarships and opportunities to learn other less commonly taught languages, such as Chinese, Korean, Turkish (listed under LANG in the Schedule of Courses), and Russian will be offered this summer through the Language Institute at Penn State. Please contact the institute director, Elena Galinova (galinova@psu.edu), with any further inquiries.

Academic Advising News: April 2015

April 1, 2015

Proposals are now being accepted for presentations, workshops and posters for Penn State’s 14th annual Professional Development Conference on Academic Advising, scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 11, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, University Park. Proposals are due not later than May 15, and the submission form is available at http://www.dus.psu.edu/advisers/conf_proposals.html

Penn State certificates can supplement or enhance existing degree programs, making them an effective option for students seeking credentials in specific areas. Though information about certificates appears in the Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin, a new categorized list by interest area is now available in the Undergraduate Advising Handbook.

On Tuesday, May 12, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., in the HUB-Robeson Center, University Park, Penn State’s Commission for Adult Learners invites the University community to attend this year's Hendrick Best Practices for Adult Learners Conference, an annual one-day event showcasing best practices in support of adult learners. Registration is open until April 24, and the fee of $80.00 includes conference materials, light morning refreshments and lunch. 

Academic Advising News: March 2015

March 1, 2015

Since its inception in March 2013, the General Education Task Force has continued to facilitate an open and interactive forum on proposed Gen Ed curricular revisions, recently narrowing its work to a single proposed structure. All members of the Penn State community are encouraged to consider the latest proposal, discuss its implications and opportunities, and add more voices to the conversation about this critical component of undergraduate education. 

On Monday, Mar. 2, noon to 1:00 p.m., in 110 Henderson Building, University Park, interested faculty and staff members are invited to attend a presentation on LionPATH and its future impact on academic advising. Hear the latest on the implementation timeline and learn about advising resources that are planned.

On Thursday, Mar. 19, noon to 1:00 p.m., in 114 McAllister Building, University Park, you can join the discussion about recent data related to ALEKS, including math course late drops, EPRs, and final grades. Hear from those looking at the numbers and working on future plans and share the impact that ALEKS has had on your work. This session will also be available via Adobe Connect at https://meeting.psu.edu/aleks.

 

Academic Advising News: February 2015

February 1, 2015

The Academic Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual (AAPPM) provides guidance on the implementation of Senate and University policies and procedures related to undergraduate education at Penn State. Recently redesigned, the AAPPM is now searchable by topic or procedure code and is accessible by mobile devices. 

On Friday, Feb. 6, noon to 1:00 p.m., in 110 Henderson Building, University Park, members of the advising community are invited to a presentation and discussion about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Robert Kubat, University registrar, and David Dulabon, associate general counsel in the Office of General Counsel, will share their knowledge, provide resources, and discuss advising best practices.

On Monday, Mar. 2, noon to 1:00 p.m., in 110 Henderson Building, University Park, interested faculty and staff members are invited to attend a presentation on LionPATH and its future impact on academic advising. Hear the latest on the implementation timeline and learn about advising resources that are planned.

Academic Advising News: January 2015

January 1, 2015

Every semester the Division of Undergraduate Studies invites the Penn State community to lunchtime presentations featuring academic advising topics. These lunch-and-learn sessions provide opportunities for professional development, networking and advising discussions. No registration is necessary, and all faculty and staff members are welcome to attend and bring a lunch. 

A phased roll-out of the new Project LionPATH student information system is expected to begin this fall and be completed in late 2016. Visit the project’s website to stay informed about LionPATH’s progress, implementation plans and implications for Penn State’s academic advising community. Feel free to also subscribe to periodic Updates for Advisers.

Academic Advising News: December 2014

December 1, 2014

Any faculty, staff, student, or community member may nominate a Penn State undergraduate student from any campus for the Stand Up Award. This award honors students demonstrating courage, fortitude, and ethical leadership by taking a stand for a person, cause, or belief. Successful nominees will be honored at a ceremony in April 2015 when they will be presented with a $1,000 award.

In response to accessibility requirements and new design technology, the University Faculty Senate recently unveiled a contemporary website with a user-friendly interface. The site provides information on Senate committees, including agendas, minutes, and reports; student academic policies; curricular procedures; and course/program changes across the University system.

Academic Advising News: November 2014

November 2, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Division of Undergraduate Studies academic advisers Elena Galinova and Irma Giannetti recently authored a book titled “Advising International Chinese Students: Issues, Strategies and Practices” to educate the advising community about this special population and to contribute to discussions about related advising strategies and institutional reforms.

Nominations for the 2015 Shirley Hendrick Award, which is administered by the Commission for Adult Learners and recognizes a senior Penn State administrator who has significantly advanced efforts for adult learners at Penn State, will be accepted through Nov. 7. Nominations are open to administrators University-wide, including, but not limited to deans, associate and assistant deans, chancellors and directors.

On Monday, Nov. 17, members of the University community are invited to attend this year's Engaged Scholarship Expo to learn how out-of-classroom academic experiences can complement in-classroom learning. Attendees will hear about engaged scholarship projects already happening and learn about new projects in development. The event takes place 5:00–7:00 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center (Heritage Hall) at University Park. 

Academic Advising News: October 2014

October 1, 2014

From now through Friday, October 31, students may nominate advisers for the 2015 Penn State Excellence in Academic Advising Award. Sponsored by the University Advising Council and the Office for Undergraduate Education, the award recognizes and rewards advising excellence. One award is given annually to a faculty member and one to a professional academic adviser. All current full-time University employees with advising responsibilities are eligible. Students who wish to nominate an adviser may complete a short, online form available below.

On Friday, October 24, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., in 102 Kern Building, University Park, the Division of Undergraduate Studies invites interested members of the Penn State community to attend a panel presentation, "Faculty Senate Petitions: What Advisers Need to Know," part of the Academic Advising Noon Seminar series offered every semester. This presentation will also be available via videoteleconferencing to accommodate participants at other campuses. 

“Some students put a lot of pressure on themselves and think the major they choose will define them for life,” says David Smith, associate dean for advising and the executive director of DUS. “In reality, many careers can come out of any one major. We want to help students understand their options and which may work best for them.”

To help them along, advisers in DUS have developed two web-based tools — MajorQuest and MinorQuest — to help narrow down the possibilities. The tools prompt students to check off their interests and then filter the lists of majors and minors to reflect the students’ choices.

Academic Advising News: September 2014

September 1, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State’s first annual college fair takes place on the University Park campus from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in East Halls (Johnston Commons). The fair will offer prizes, giveaways and information about majors as well as opportunities for new students to begin thinking about ways to relate their interests to what they can study at Penn State.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Every semester the Division of Undergraduate Studies invites the Penn State community to lunchtime presentations featuring academic advising topics. These lunch-and-learn sessions provide opportunities for professional development, networking and advising discussions. No registration is necessary, and all faculty and staff members are welcome to attend and bring a lunch.

The Division of Undergraduate Studies will host Penn State’s fifth annual Business Majors Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in 110 Business Building, for students interested in learning about University Park majors that focus on business.  

Details and a preregistration form are available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/busmaj14

The 13th annual Professional Development Conference on Academic Advising will take place 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. This year’s theme highlights “Advising Smarter: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Applications for Student Success.” 

Penn State President Eric Barron will give opening remarks, and during the noon hour, guest speaker Phil Gardner, director of Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute, will offer the keynote.  

Academic Advising News: August 2014

August 1, 2014

On Wednesday, Oct. 1, the thirteenth annual professional development conference on academic advising will take place at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College. This year's theme is "Advising Smarter: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Applications for Student Success." The conference is open to academic advisers, administrators, faculty members who advise, and others interested in the field of academic advising. A registration form with fee information is available at http://dus.psu.edu/documents/fall_conf/2014/reg_form_2014.pdf

Penn State's Academic Advising Portal launched in May as the University’s gateway to academic advising information, resources and policies. As fall semester approaches, advisers, faculty members and students may find the tools and resources at http://advising.psu.edu/tools especially helpful as they plan and manage the many educational processes and opportunities that can inform a student’s experience at Penn State.   

University Park, Pa.—A study by Esther Prins, co-director of the Goodling Institute and the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, and her colleagues Cathy Kassab and Kimeka Campbell, challenges educators, researchers and policy makers to recalibrate their understanding of who college students are. A recent study of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applicants from Pennsylvania found the average applicant was 24-years-old, 35 percent were adult learners, 40 percent were financially independent, and 16 percent were not single.

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