(Oct. 11, 2017) -- The UTSA Academic Advising team is sharing its best practices at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) annual conference, which runs through Saturday in St. Louis. NACADA is the premier international organization for the development and dissemination of innovative theory, research and practice in higher education academic advising.
Over the last few years, UTSA Advising has experienced dynamic changes in advising including the move to a centralized advising system, the introduction of student caseloads and the adoption of various advising technology tools.
Currently, UTSA Advising is using DegreeWorks, a degree planning and auditing tool, the Education Advisory Board (EAB) Student Success Collaborative Campus (SSC-Campus), the UTSA GUIDE and UTSA Mobile App, systems that have allowed UTSA’s academic advisors to better connect with students and enabled students to become more proactive in degree planning.
Executive Director of Academic Advising Barbara Smith, Advising Director Cynthia Rodriguez, and Academic Advisors Betsy (Elizabeth) Haddad and Margaret Garcia will present at the conference to share their experiences and best practices in adopting new industry tools to improve the advising experience.
Smith will present a session titled, “Survey Says: How to Become a Better Advisor,” with colleagues from Texas A&M and Blinn College. Rodriguez, Haddad and Garcia will concurrently present their poster, “Exploring Innovative Approaches to Academic Advising: How Utilizing Web Based Applications Has Influenced Student Success,” at the conference.
Both presentations will explore the successes, challenges and milestones the university has achieved with the support of its Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) grant, funding awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to encourage the design of new approaches, the navigation transformative change and pursuit better results for students.
Vanessa Hammler Kenon, assistant vice provost for Information Technology and principal investigator for UTSA’s iPASS grant, will also attend the conference to share experiences about the launch of new advising technology tools at UTSA.
UTSA was one of 24 institutions selected to receive the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s iPASS grant to support implementation of advising technology. The iPASS project is a joint effort between the Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, Academic Advising, Institutional Research and the Office of Information Technology. The project initiatives follows three pillars to improve student degree completion rates: educational planning, counseling and coaching, and risk targeting and interventions.
“These advising technologies are enabling the advisors to be more proactive with their students’ caseloads and to follow up with the students before they become at-risk or off course. There are more deliberate and intentional appointment campaigns and outreaches ensuring students know their options and can make informed decisions,” said Smith.
UTSA’s trip to NACADA is funded by the New Media Consortium with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Ron Ellis conducts the student instrumental ensemble in a free concert that is open to the public.Arts Building, Recital Hall (Arts 2.03.02), Main Campus
The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a day full of outreach events and activities by the U.S. Navy as part of a larger Navy presence in San Antonio called Navy Week with various events in the community through Feb. 25.Student Union Paseo and Convocation Center entrance, Main Campus
Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus