Author Archives: Prof. Karen Goodlad

Karen’s Personal Advisement Philosophy

Motivate. Engage. Prepare.

Personal Advisement Philosophy

As an advisor I seek to motivate both faculty and students to be engaged in the advisement process and prepared to take the actions needed to work towards their own personal goals.

Advisement Action Plan

Advisement sessions are to be designed for student success. Ask more questions than students do, seek to elicit the feeling of comfort, well-being and accomplishment. Students should leave knowing they have a path to succeed.

Reflection, Our Physical Space

Though empty in this image, students often gather here on the 6th floor that contains a photo gallery.

I do not believe that students know what to expect from advisement and believe that this hinders the effectiveness of what can be accomplished in the short about of time we have with them. Like in the reading, my own experience with advisement is that it is most productive when the students is prepared and that usually happens only after a few meetings. I question the best method of reaching out to students. How do we meet them were they  are?



What story is told through your collective photos?

What I believe I found was  so many ways that we speak to our students about success but that is not necessarily penetrating as a uniform message. As we continue to celebrate success let’s also welcome students into an active practice of engagement in their learning process and attainment of their goals. I want to add hundreds of photos of evidence of guidance and student success the next time we meet. 

Did what you find meet your standards?

I was happy to see that Rad Tech made their advisement important materials available to students instead of behind this closed door. I believe that makes the information easily available and shows students what is important to them.

What story is told through your collective photos?Evidence of the success of Nursing Students. Sharing this success will inspire others to keep focused on their goals.

What advisement goals will you set for your department?

Greater reach, easier access, improved communication.


Scavenger Hunt

Post photos and reflections here. Choose four photos to represent what you learned/witnessed about how we communicate to students and faculty about advisement. Reflect on each photo by answering one question from the “Campus Scavenger Hunt” handout the one of the following.

Did what you find meet your standards?
What advisement goals will you set for your department?
One thing I will improve about my department’s advisement plan is…
What story is told through your collective photos?

Activity: Campus Scavenger Hunt, Return to faculty commons at __________________


Walk the halls and office spaces (if possible) of two departments in Voorhees and two departments in Namm as well as one general student use space.



How do we welcome students into the advisement process?

What are we saying to students about persistence and retention?

How do students know they should speak to an academic advisor?

Do student know what to expect when seeking advisement?

Are students informed about how to prepare for and advisement session? How do we know that? Why do they come?

How do we ensure students are receiving the appropriate challenge both academically and in a co-curricular setting?

What information about advisement is visible in our physical space?

What information about advisement is visible in our electronic space?

How widely known are the benefits of seeing an advisor? Who are we communicating this to and at what time/place?


Look for and photograph the following:


A welcome to students


Information about advisement


Information about how to find an advisor


Information about internships


Information about counseling


Announcements about opportunities to communicate with student leaders


Information about PDC/Student Life/ CUNY Service Corp/CSTEP/ASAP…



A space where students gather


A space for students and faculty to gather together


A space to learn


A space to relax


A message encouraging student success


Department identifier


A sign indicating a faculty office


A sign indicating a chairperson’s office


Activity: Electronic Scavenger Hunt

Using the list above, search City Tech’s website and capture images representing the items on the list, via screen shot and URL.

Pilot Readings

Drake, J. K. (2011). The role of academic advising in student retention and persistence. About Campus. Wiley Online Library. Retrieved from:

Freitag, D. (2011). Creating a personal philosophy of academic advising. Retrieved from NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources: