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Goals and objectives for academic advising

1. Promote a responsive, challenging and supportive educational environment characterized by high standards, commitment to quality and student success.

a. Promoting learning and development in students based on theories and knowledge of teaching, learning and human development
b. Advance student intellectual and cultural development and teach students to become engaged, self-directed learners and competent decision makers
c. Establish an ongoing intentional relationship between advisors and students
d. Communicate effectively in a respectful, caring manner
e. Provide and interpret current and accurate information on institutional policies, procedures, and guidelines
f. Provide regular, systematic evaluation of advising services and adjust or modify advising based on evaluations

2. Develop a sustainable University-wide system of collaboration among units to enhance the student experience.

a. Create or contribute to a more student-friendly referral system
b. Create a systematic method of sharing resources, best practices and consistent policies
c. Expand existing partnerships with areas within student affairs
d. Define and articulate a common, consistent vocabulary
e. Develop a partnership with external affairs and alumni
f. Establish new traditions to facilitate students feeling engaged and connected to the University

3. Maximize technology utilization and innovation

a. Implement university-wide computer program to evaluate student learning outcomes related to academic advising
b. Improve and implement degree audit
c. Online communication system to supplement advising system (web advising, Blackboard)
d. Easy access to student data (data queries)
e. Strengthen IT relationship through a trained, skilled advising liaison (A University-wide advising IT person.)

4. Provide standardized and ongoing professional development and training

a. Develop a training system for new and experienced advisors
b. Develop a system for identifying and distributing resources for professional development
c. Create a mechanism for career advancement and development of professional advisors

5. Support diverse and equitable educational experiences that advance students intellectual and cultural development.

a. Promote awareness of curricular/ co-curricular cross cultural experiences
b. Collaborate with local, regional, and national organizations targeting diverse populations' needs and issues
c. Identify and facilitate relationships between academic and personal goals and co-curricular experiences

6. Develop and implement a university-wide assessment plan for academic advising.

Goals and programmatic objectives for academic advising were created by the University of Louisville February 2005 NACADA Administrator and Assessment Institutes group: Tomarra Adams, Nora Allen, Kirsten Armstrong, Robin Benningfield, Susan Best, Melissa Boam, James Carter, Dianne Foster, Allie Goatley, Vickie Halsell, Betty Hampton, Bryan Hicks, Maggie Noffkee, Sharon Nuss, Margaret Pentecost, Janet Spence, Melissa Stordeur, and Andrew Williams.

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