Academic Affairs

Advising Working Group

Overview:  Effective advising is a key part of retaining students and helping them make progress toward graduation.  Construed broadly, advising includes both academic and co-curricular issues such as selecting/changing majors, selecting courses in both the major, general education and all-university requirements, career planning, managing finances, navigating personal relationships and working.  We need an advising system that quickly detects when students are having problems and then provides the support that gives them the best chance to succeed.  Some of these functions are best performed by academic advisors, others are not.  The campus is close to adopting an early alert system that will help detect when students are struggling during the course of a given semester and it will make it possible to coordinate a response.  The software should be implemented by next fall.  Between now and then, the campus needs to develop a plan for coordinating these different aspects of effective advising and for coordinating the broader challenges of assuring that students make timely progress to their degree from semester to semester.

Charge: The Advising Working Group is tasked with developing a comprehensive advising proposal.  The proposal should identify the different reasons for advising, identify the resources needed to effectively and efficiently undertake the various forms of advising and map a process that identifies the individuals or units responsible for advising.  The Advising Working Group’s recommendation will address:

1.    How to structure and implement our early alert system.  This will include a plan for identifying when students are not on track in making progress to their degree objectives and identifying who or what will intervene to help students get back on track.  Interventions may be by individuals or through policy.

2.    How to structure advising for all students.

3.    How to most effectively and efficiently coordinate advising among all the different groups providing academic and co-curricular advising.

4.    What policies should be adopted to facilitate better progress to graduation.

The Advising Working Group should consult broadly within the University and research best practices outside the University.  The Advising Working Group will coordinate with the Retention and Student Success Re-organization Working Group.

Timeline:  The Advising Working Group will develop a proposal for implementing early alert by the end of spring semester.

Membership:  In consultation with the University Senate

Ken Ayoob, Dean, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (Chair)
Brandon Schwab
, Chair, Department of Geology
Clint Rebick, Interim Registrar
Dan Saveliff, Director, EOP
Dana Deason, Interim Director, Academic and Career Advising Center
Gilly Black, Academic Advisor, CNRS
Jacque Honda, AVP Retention & Inclusive Student Success and Institutional Research & Planning
Jená Burges, Vice Provost
Marissa Mourer, Director, Humboldt Orientation Program
Noah Zerbe, Chair, Department of Politics
Steve Hackett, Faculty, Department of Economics
Tracy Smith, Director, RAMP

Have feedback to offer? We welcome input from all members of the HSU campus community on this charge.  To offer your suggestions or comments, feel free to contact any of the members of this Working Group (see membership list above for names and email addresses) or send comments via

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