Southern Polytechnic State University
Office of Faculty Support and Development
Faculty Growth and Development Unit
Student Success through Advising for Retention, Progress and Graduation (SSARPG)
Goal: To develop and deliver a program to SPSU faculty (full time and part time) to increase their knowledge and skills in academic advising and to provide easily accessible advising support materials and resources for their use.
Student success is contingent upon retention, progression and graduation. Faculty advising is an ongoing critical component of the process. This proposal is based on the directives of P&P 308.0 - Academic Advising – which includes the following: “The advising activity is viewed as a normal part of the faculty or staff member’s work load…”.
Advising can be divided into two basic components: core advising which may be delivered via faculty and staff and mentoring/coaching advising that best resides with faculty advisors. P&P 308.0 also lists advising goals for SPSU. As a result of information included in P&P 308.0 and a vision to provide comprehensive academic advising to the diverse student population we serve, faculty expectations for advising include:
Academic advising is more than signing off on a class schedule each semester or providing core and major advising. The time requirement may be more than a few minutes once a semester. Successful advising may involve partnerships with staff advisors, student service professionals, peer advisors/tutors, and part time faculty. Schools and departments within schools may have different modes of advising that need to be fitted into any advising plans.
As noted in the MIT/Stanford Tomorrow’s Professor Blog (http://tomprofblog.mit.edu/2007/06/12/806-developing-faculty-for-new-roles-and-changing...) SPSU must…“lay the groundwork for success by paying attention to the structure for academic advising and rewarding faculty and professional staff who provide effective advising.”
SSARPG seeks to:
This proposal seeks to implement a program that provides training and resources to improve academic advising and, as a result, positively affect student success.
To move forward with the SSARPG plan, the following steps are critical:
SSARPG Phases and Timeline
Phase 1: Convene Faculty Advising Planning Committee (February 2010)
Who: FGD staff, GA, Planning Committee members
Phase 2: Research, Resource Development and Training Plan (February-March 2010)
Who: FGD staff, GA, Planning Committee members, consultants as needed
Phase 3: Training Pilots and Training Rollout (April - June 2010)
Who: FGD staff, GA, Planning Committee members, Advising Fellows, all SPSU faculty
Phase 4: Follow-up and Institutionalization (July 2010 – June 2011)
Who: FGD staff, GA, 1 Teaching Fellow (The annual Teaching Fellows format has changed over the years and the cost has ranged between $6,000 and $20,000. For FY 2011 we will be requesting 10 $1,000 stipends. The Teaching Fellow noted above is one of those 10.)
FY 2010 - Phases 1-3
Staffing: 1 GA for spring 2010 - $2,000; consultant(s) - $4,500; $32,650
Advising Fellows stipend - $12,900; Part-time faculty incentives - $11,250*
Materials (paper, DVDs, site license, etc.) purchase $5,500
Printing/copying, binding, etc. $2,250
FY 2011 – Phase 4
Staffing: GA for year - $5,500; Teaching Fellow - $1,000 $6,500
Materials purchase $1,500
Printing/copying, binding, etc. $1,250
* Ideally all full time faculty will be required to participate and part time faculty can elect to participate and receive a $150 stipend. Why do we want to train part time faculty? For many students the only faculty they come into contact with in any given semester are part timers. Having part time faculty trained means they will be aware of advising recommendations and the resources available. Another option would be to require part time faculty to participate and thereby eliminate the $11,250 expense for stipends.