eLion Advising Notes and ISIS Screen ARUEA

Rationale and Purposes

ISIS screen ARUEA was developed, in part, to provide the mechanism by which an adviser records an individual advising contact and the content associated with that contact. These contact records were designed to indicate who was seen, when, why, and by whom, what advice or information was provided, and what academic actions were recommended or carried out. Additionally, these electronic records were intended to provide a chronological, historical view of contacts with individual students. When taken together, the records would afford a way for advisers and administrators to analyze demand for and delivery of advising and the flow of students across colleges and campuses. This information would be used to enhance advising at Penn State and to improve planning and staffing efforts. In addition, it has since been recognized that the content and referral codes used on this screen can serve as a way of describing, for advisers and others, the many types of activities that occur in individual advising sessions and the complexity and subtleties of those activities.

In summary, screen ARUEA serves three main purposes.
  1. It provides online information about individual students. Advisers in any college and at any campus can record and track individual advising contacts and changes in students' curricular goals.

  2. It provides a database of student records that can be used to produce summary statistical information concerning the type and number of advising contacts.

  3. It provides a way of summarizing and defining many of the activities of academic advising and of affirming the subtleties and complexities of the advising process.
Although screen ARUEA displays other student-specific information (e.g., the student's semester classification, major, adviser assignment, registration status, etc.), this User's Guide is intended to address only the Student Interview Record section of the screen (where advising contacts are recorded).