Reflections on Scavenger Hunt

Did what I find meet my expectations?

Walking through different departments, we were pleased by the amount of information posted for students. There are aspects to improve and challenges to overcome. As something to improve, the language we use to approach students could be written in a more positive way (as we discussed in our meetings), but the limitations of space where we are allowed to post signs is a challenge that makes the communication with students harder.

 One objective I will include in my department’s advising plan is…

Improve the advertising that the department currently uses to make clearer when the advisement period is taking place. We will stress to all faculty to announce in every classroom when advisement period begins.

 What story is told through our collective photos/screenshots?

Our photos and screenshots show the efforts and imaginative ways that faculty and departments try to use to remind and invite students to take advantage of everything that advisement can offer to them.

Poster in front of the new Student Center showing steps students must take for academic success. It is originally represented as a staircase.

Poster in front of the New Student Center showing steps students must take for academic success. It is originally represented as a staircase.

Pearl Building. Communication Design. The sign highlights a positive message to assist students “We are here to help you!”

Sign posted in the Hospitality Management Department reminding students why and how to take advantage of advisement

Sign posted in the Hospitality Management Department reminding students why and how to take advantage of advisement

CST Department advertising advisement and office hours schedule to students.

CST Department advertising advisement and office hours schedule to students.

A welcome to students

A welcome to students

Information about PDC, Service Corps, financial aid

Information about PDC, Service Corps, financial aid

Information about counseling

Information about counseling

Department Identifier

Department Identifier

Webpage and Advising Resources Usage Survey, Fall 2018

The objective of this survey was to bring awareness of the academic advising resources and tolls available to students on the academic advisement, to elicit the willingness of participants to recommend these resources to other students, and to determine the likelihood of students using these resources in the future. Read the report here.

 

John’s Personal Advisement Philosophy

 

Collaborate – Interests – Values – Future

As an academic advisor I will work in collaboration with students so that together we will:

  • Create a path to completion of the degree requirements of their chosen major
  • Identify viable career paths based on their interests, area of focus, values and lifestyle
  • Articulate an academic career plan from course work, to internship and beyond

A Developmental Approach to Advisement

Students should be equipped with a diverse set of soft skills such as goal settings, time management, decision-making, financial planning, and communication in order to successfully navigate their education and career paths. I strive to foster these critical skills in our students throughout my interaction with students in any formal, or informal contexts. As students progress in their education, I will adopt a developmental approach to advisement, and will encourage them to actively participate in the process, monitor their progress, and ultimately own their education.

Noemi’s Personal Advisement Philosophy

Student-minded, Collaborative, Action Oriented

 

Personal Advisement Philosophy

My advisement approach is individualized and person-centered. It is grounded on guiding the student towards self-recognition about his/her unique potential to flourish as a member of the New York City College of Technology community as well as the larger societal context he/she lives in.

Student Advisement Plan

With the student in mind and open-mindedness to his/her interests, views, and culture, I listen to the student, share resources, and engage the student in preparing clear, purposeful action plans to accomplish his/her goals at City Tech and beyond.  This includes academic coursework planning (using the academic career planner), highlighting relevant support services and career resources along with specific contacts, and sharing career building ideas (e.g., graduate school options, internships, volunteering, mentorship programs, etc.). As needed, I refer students to colleagues, at and outside of City Tech, who can help enrich the student’s academic and career planning experience.  I follow up with students and encourage them to share their updates with me.  My advisement plan is intended to aid students in developing confidence in their abilities to independently plan their success while effectively utilizing diverse resources and collaborating with a variety people.

Personal Advisement Philosophy

Advising students make them successful in their degree study. Good advisement will provide informational, and planned academic plan in advance with students. As an academic advisor, believe it is important to be knowledgeable of curriculum updates, academic and college resources, and making connections between students and departments, such as new student center, career development office, transfer office, library resource, and undergraduate research office, etc

 

Ohbong’s Personal Advisement Philosophy

Personal Advisement Philosophy
Necessary, Informational, and Planned

To make advisements necessary, informational, and planned in advance with students

Student Advisement Plan

I would like to make my advisement session comfortable and informational so that students come back again every semester. I ask them to plan their schedule for the rest of the semesters (or at least 2 semesters) and move forward for their graduation. Everyone has the different status and situation to seek their advisement. So I customized it to meet their unique needs, the short-term or long-term goal for their success.

Advisement Philosophy

The Advisement Experience

I believe the purpose of advising is to help students connect with the department, to visualize a path to their degree, and to commit to a level of accountability for their success.  As an academic advisor, I strive to be knowledgeable, resourceful and dependable.  As a member of the advising community I think it is important to stay informed of curriculum updates and program changes.  Each advisement experience includes the following interactions:

  1. Making a Connection – Advisor and student exchange introductions. Advisor seeks background information, major, what semester of study, do they understand what requirements they have to fulfill.
  2. Identifying the End Goal – Does the student have a long term plan? Can the advisor offer advice regarding the students’ goals.
  3. Identifying the Current Situation – Are there circumstances that affect the short term plan? Work, finances, family, etc.
  4. Establishing Accountability – Review the recommended pathway for the student and identify critical junctures along the path. The student should understand their role and responsibility in completing their degrees in a timely manner.
  5. Inviting them back – Advisors should encourage students to come back next semester and check the progress of the plan developed during this session of academic advising.