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Creating a Campus Culture for Advising
Six Goals and Principles
By Carolyn Thomas, Dean & Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
- Goal #1: Expand the number of advisors in the colleges & divisions
Principle: Student success depends on consistent, regular advising, and that is impossible with current numbers
- Goal #2: New positions must have a clear relationship to professional advising staff
Principle: there is strength, and knowledge, in numbers.
- Goal #3: Make training an ongoing process and a priority investment.
Principle: We can’t transform the lives of our learners unless we make our own learning a top priority.
- Goal #4: Have a common unit that creates advising tools for the 21st Century.
Principle: Nobody “has” any particular students. No department, no dean owns students. WE have students. UC DAVIS has students.
- Goal #5: Join together across colleges to identify the problems that the tools should address.
Principle: Tools don’t solve problems, people who build tools collaboratively do.
- Goal #6: Ask whether analytics can help us.
Principle: Student success may rely upon knowing things we don’t.