We were thrilled recently to co-host a lively webinar with the Chronicle of Higher Education on the importance of academic advising. The conversation stemmed from our randomized control trial study of proactive, predictive analytics-enabled advising for first-generation and Pell-eligible students across 11 campuses. In addition to insights from the project’s principal investigator, Dr. Tim Renick, we were honored to hear from former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Melinda Anderson, executive director of Nacada; and CJ Powell, special assistant in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education.
Most importantly, we were delighted with the engagement and participation of thousands of people across higher ed. They asked insightful questions rooted in their own experiences, which added to the shared understanding of the challenges facing academic advisers and students, as well as potential solutions and innovations to improve the advising process for advisers and students.
The participation from high-level officials and daily practitioners alike showed us that there is significant demand for this kind of deep content on important topics like advising. You can watch (or re-watch) the discussion at this link. We also invite you to read and share our Proactive Advising Playbook, which dives into what we learned during the project and provides recommendations and considerations for universities thinking of adopting proactive advising, including five key components that helped campuses make the most of proactive advising.
We have also been thrilled with the reception to our Completion Grants Playbook, which offers timely insights as higher ed institutions, administrators, and students continue to navigate financial repercussions from the pandemic.
As we develop playbooks for the broader higher ed community, we strive to be guided by the following considerations:
- A good playbook is not about what you did, it’s about what you learned.
- A playbook is about the user, not the writer.
- Think: what advice do I wish I had before I started this project?
- Identify the key questions, the big chunks of work required to focus on answering these questions, and distill the content into smaller categories for the user.
We’re always looking to make our resources more insightful and useful for people who are doing the important work of student success innovation every day. If you have a moment, let us know some of the best examples of playbooks or templates you’ve used, and how you think future playbooks can be most helpful in your work.
The hard work and progress of our network was recognized earlier this month at the Social Innovation Summit 2022, a two-day event in Washington, D.C. assembling leaders across corporate philanthropy and impact. Six organizations were highlighted for their innovative efforts to address today’s most urgent social issues.
UIA was proud to be honored in the Education category, and we were delighted to share this special moment with UMBC UIA Fellow Ashley Broomes. Whenever big moments happen we try to include UIA Fellows to ensure they get a broad experience during their time with us. While Ashley had a fantastic time at the Summit, her favorite moment was probably getting this picture with Ja Rule.
Behind the Scenes
This month we finally got to see our board together IN PERSON for the first time in 2.5 years! It was such a delight to be back together in person and we wanted to share a few photos of our UIA board members gathering together to talk about student success. We also got a chance to chat with the U.S. Undersecretary of Education, James Kvaal (pictured below).
Learn with Us
- The Future of Academic Advising
- A Thousand Flowers Blooming, featuring Georgia State University President, M. Brian Blake
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We know your time is limited. That's why each issue, we'll choose THE BEST things we watched, listened to, or read.
- “Engaging People Through Change” with Cassandra Worthy (Coaching for Leaders podcast)
- Imaginable: How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything―Even Things That Seem Impossible Today, Jane McGonical (Book)
- The Equitable Value Explorer from the Postsecondary Value Commission (Economic Value Data Tool)
- “The 101 on Evidence-Based College Completion Programs” from Third Way (Infographic)
- College Completion Strategy Guide from MDRC, EDTrust and TICAS (Research Briefs)
- “Advising as a Strategy for Achieving Equitable Student Outcomes,” Alexa Wesley Chamberlain and Amelia Parnell, April 2022 (Article)
- An Intervention Return on Investment Tool for Community Colleges from MDRC (ROI Data Tool)
September 12 - 14, 2022: NCAN Conference, Atlanta (Deadline to register early: July 15, 2022)
September 16 - 18, 2022: #RealCollege Annual Convening, Camden, NJ (Deadline to register early: July 25, 2022)
October 23 - 26, 2022: NACADA Annual Conference, Portland, OR (Deadline to register early: September 8, 2022)
November 2 - 4, 2022: ACL Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (Deadline to register early: September 14, 2022)
November 6 - 8, 2022: APLU Annual Meeting, Denver, CO (Deadline to register: not yet available)
November 16 - 19, 2022: ASHE Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV (Deadline to register: October 15, 2022)
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