ACADAOS Autumn 2022 General Body Meeting Recap

Thanks so much to Dr. Shawnté Elbert for sharing with our members such great information. If you missed the meeting, or had to leave early, please see links below to the recording of the meeting and the slides she provided:

As a reminder, if you’re interested in joining any o f our committees, please email David Zach.

Finally, don’t forget to track your professional development points as you participate in professional development activities on or off campus. More information can be found at our Professional Development page.

Thanks for a great Autumn General Body Meeting, and we can’t wait to connect again in spring semester.

Spend your Wednesday with ACADAOS

ACADAOS is hosting two great events this Wednesday, November 2nd.

First, join our Equity & Inclusion Committee for Coffee and Conversation from 8:30-9:30 AM in the Physics Research Building Atrium. Please RSVP here.

Next, stop by the Varsity Club anytime from 4-6 PM for our November Happy Hour hosted by the Outreach & Engagement Committee. Please RSVP here.

Start and end your work day with us! We look forward to great conversations and connections.


Blane Harding – NACADA Academic Advising Workshop

The Academic Advising Association of The Ohio State University and The Office of Student Academic Success (Transition and Academic Growth) have partnered to host a workshop facilitated by the National Academic Advising Association on Tuesday, September 28th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST on Zoom.

Blane Harding is the former Director of Diversity Engagement for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at Virginia Tech University and currently serves as a national consultant. He also served as the Director of Advising, Recruitment, and Retention for the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno from 2017-2020 as well as the Director of The Cultural Center at the University of Nevada Reno from 2015-2017. He retired from Colorado State University, after 24 years of service, in 2012 where he served as the Director of Advising, Recruitment, and Retention for the College of Liberal Arts as well as a professor in the Ethnic Studies Department. Mr. Harding served as a retention faculty member with the Council for Opportunity in Education which oversees the national TRIO programs as well as a faculty member, for 16 years, and past Chair of the Summer Institute Advisory Board for the National Academic Advising Association and Chair of their Multicultural Concerns Commission. In 2018 he was recognized as the Leading Light Award Winner presented to a NACADA member in recognition of significant contributions to diversity within NACADA.

Topics for workshop:

  • Difference between cultural competence/effectiveness and cultural humanity
  • Relationship between power, influence, and privilege
  • Unconscious bias related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Advising as teaching
  • Difference between equity and equality and impacts on retention
  • Identifying barriers that hinder student and advisor success

Worksheets for the workshop will be provided leading up to the meeting for those who register. We hope to see you there!

Registration is required for the workshop. Please see registration link below:

NACADA Regional Conference: Post Game Recap…a few weeks later

By: Christine Meadows, Knowlton School

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy attending professional conferences—either in person or virtual (although my preference will always be in person). They help ground me and reaffirm why I do what I do. This spring’s Regional Conference (Region 3 & 5) did just that. Kuddos to the organizers for coordinating and executing a successful virtual experience!

When I began looking at session topics, I wanted to be intentional: find sessions that apply directly to the initiatives I oversee in my office and sessions on topics that I was genuinely interested in learning more about. When I selected my sessions, they all had a general theme of working with students in academic difficulty: students in the murky middle or helping students recover and everyone and everything in between. I attended the following sessions:

  • Collaborative strategies for retention and academic remediation
  • Please answer my email! What academic advisors can learn from marketing best practices
  • Leveraging advising technologies to strengthen proactive advising
  • Developing an advising retention & student success program for students on academic probation
  • Coaching the murky middle: strategies for a successful advising intervention
  • The never-ending onion: peeling back the layers of academic actions

I won’t bore everyone with the details, but there a few takeaways from each session that I hope to continue to apply in my day to day responsibilities:

  • Collaboration is Key—break down the silos between our units and reach out to colleagues at other institutions. Due to the increase of our online presence, this has never been easier!
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel, but you can always modify programs/initiatives to your specific student population.
  • The word count in an email matters—who knew?!? The information I learned in the marketing best practices session was super helpful.
  • Advising Retention and Student Success Programs—see note about collaboration and reinventing the wheel. I hope we can continue to share our ideas through the Academic Advising teams channel about what our units do to support our students in academic difficulty.
  • Academic actions—phraseology matters.

Next Steps

Like many of you, I am gearing up from NFYS/K orientations. While I might be preoccupied supporting these specific student populations, I plan to assess my unit’s academic success module (what’s working/what’s not) along with hopefully creating a communication strategy with my colleagues on outreach to our students. I know I suffer from post-conference energy—I want to do all the things and implement new initiatives within my unit (not sure if that happens to you after a conference). I am easing into it and will refresh a few of our programs for the fall!

Thanks for humoring me on this post!


Professional Development Autumn 2020 Calendar

Hello ACADAOS Members,

The Professional Development Committee has published their Autumn 2020 Professional Development Opportunities. Please add these sessions and workshops to your calendar and earn your professional development points. Any questions, feel free to reach out to Professional Development Committee Members. 

Looking forward to a great semester learning together!