Please make plans to attend Academic Advisor Forums this semester. All sessions count toward the three hours needed for annual renewal of the Master Advisor designation. Every interested advisor is welcome, so please encourage colleagues to participate. All sessions are through Zoom. Registration is strongly encouraged via the Academic Advising and Transfer Center website.
Advising International Students from Latin America
Date: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
- Dr. Kelly Cabrera-Hurtado, Coordinator, International Leadership and Training Center
- Dr. Judith Martinez, Assistant Professor, Modern and Classical Languages
- Juan Cabrera, Special Program Outreach Coordinator, English Language Institute
This forum will focus on two main aspects. First, on educational backgrounds in Latin American countries, mainly the three venues/experiences students might have prior to attending MSU. Then, potential cultural challenges and strategies to overcome those in order to better advise international students from Latin America and help our students success on our MSU campus and global community. There will be time for Q & A’s and discussion towards the end.
Improving retention and student success for first-generation students: The important role of academic advisors in a large scale grant
Date: Monday, May 3
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Lead Presenter: Dr. Kelly Wood, Associate Provost for Student Success
Missouri State has received a competitively selected Title III grant that is designed to improve retention and student success outcomes (career counseling, financial aid literacy, and completion) for first-generation college students at both Springfield and West Plains’ campuses. The grant spans five years and so the opportunity for collaboration among units and campuses, especially advising, is important to meeting the goals. This session will briefly review the Title III grant, its goals, the students, and the activities that will be undertaken. Advisors will play a key role in supporting the students in the grant, so I’ll seek input from the audience about ways to engage advisors in a student case management process and how to coordinate the services of the GEP faculty member, the assigned success coach, and academic advisor. Attending this session will help you be prepared for the first cohort in fall 2021, identify ways to get involved, and appreciate the ways this project will support our first-generation students now and into the future.