Introducing the Advancing Practice Library

What happens to all the awesome information provided at our in-person Advancing Practice workshops? It now transfers to the Advancing Practice Library. Core information from key workshops in each of our five knowledge areas will now be available in a continually refreshed reference library. 

Didn’t get a chance to attend a session, forgot who to contact for more information, want to review an idea or method, need a resource to go further?  Access all of this and more in this Advancing Practice Library.

Five Core Competency Areas

Background of Advancing Practice

Though Advancing Practice was offered as a non-mandatory professional development program, 70% of our core audience (academic advisors) and a 39% of the entire job family (all student service professionals) participated in the program during the pilot phase. Over 30 subject matter experts contributed to the delivery of the program including faculty and distinguished visitors. According to a mid-program outcomes survey, 75% of participants indicated they were more reflective about their practice, 65% were more motivated to try a new approach or method, 63% felt more connected to the advising community, 41% were more confident in their skills, 49% created or used new advising resources, and 39% were more empathetic to students. Based on these important successes, Advancing Practice received the support it needed to continue as a regular campus-wide learning program. The program is widely viewed as a critical investment in advisors and an acknowledgement of the important contributions they make to student progress, learning and success.Two levels of certification (Blue & Gold) were available to participants who made significant commitments to the program through regular participation and supplemental learning activities.

Advancing Practice received a Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Institutional Advising Program from the National Academic Advising Association in 2015.The program is directed by Elizabeth Wilcox, Sr. Consultant for Advising. Special recognition goes to Amber Dillon, Donna Vivar and Maire Lanigan, the curriculum design team, who supported the program during its pilot phase and played key roles as learning strategists, facilitators, and trainers.

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