Academic Advising Noon Seminars

Spring 2014 brown-bag lunch series

What are they? Forums for discussing academic advising

Who’s invited? All faculty and staff (please spread the word)

Why attend? To network, share how-to’s, and learn about advising resources

Analyzing Student Performance in First-Year Math Classes:
Updates and New Initiatives

Tuesday, January 28, noon to 1:00 p.m.
114 McAllister Building

Recent Math Department data-analysis and -collection initiatives assessed the effectiveness of existing intervention programs. The purpose of this talk will be to revisit these discussions based on current analysis, describe the current data program, and discuss new initiatives focused on student work habits and self-efficacy factors, as well as address any near-term advising implications. James Hager, assistant director of Undergraduate Mathematics, will lead this session.

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ALEKS: The Impact of Changes in Math Assessment, Improvement,
and Placement *

Thursday, February 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (pizza and drinks will be provided)
114 McAllister Building

Handout from Seminar: Noon Seminar Handouts

Recording of Seminar:

What have we learned so far from our initial experience with ALEKS and from our students’ efforts to improve their skills by completing learning modules? What else do we need to know to help students select appropriate General Ed quantification courses? Join the discussion and also learn about policy changes for prerequisite enforcement. Leading this session will be James Sellers, associate head for Undergraduate Mathematics; Tanya Furman, associate vice president and associate dean for Undergraduate Education; and Janet Schulenberg, associate director of technology and curriculum for the Division of Undergraduate Studies.

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Does Media Use Influence Choice of Major? *

Tuesday, March 18, noon to 1:00 p.m.
110 Henderson Building (The Living Center)

Recording of Seminar:

This session will share results of a National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) -funded study conducted in 2013 to learn whether and how media use is related to a student’s choice of major. More than 2,000 communications and journalism majors at Penn State, Michigan State, and University of South Carolina were surveyed on a range of potential influences on major choice, including personality traits, demographics, career intentions, exposure to television, and social media and technology use. The discussion will also address implications for media influence on other majors. Presenting this session from the College of Communications will be Anne Hoag, associate professor of communications.

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Contact Laura Brown at 814-865-7576 or for additional seminar details.

* To participate in this session via Adobe Connect, visit at the indicated time. A link to view the recording will be available here soon after the session.

The Division of Undergraduate Studies at is a unit within Penn State's Office of Undergraduate Education. The division's mission includes student enrollment; the University-wide academic information network; general academic advising for any current and prospective Penn State student; and the educational planning and academic consultation components of New Student Orientation.