Academic Advising Seminars

Spring 2020 seminars

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


Starfish Updates

Thursday, January 30, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. (note the slightly longer time)
118 ASI Building

Presenters:  Dr. Janet Schulenberg, Associate Director, DUS; Dr. Heather Atkinson, Academic Adviser and Starfish Associate, DUS

A lot has changed with Starfish over the past year. In this session, the Starfish functional team will share updates, tips, and tricks for using Starfish to collaborate with others and to manage responsibilities to students. The team will answer questions like: 

  • Who else uses Starfish and for what purposes? 
  • How do I use Starfish filters to focus in on specific groups of students? 
  • How can I connect students to campus resources via Starfish referrals? 
  • What are recommended practices for responding to EPR flags and kudos? 
  • What are success plans, and who is using them so far? 
  • How do I request new configurations or adjustments to current configurations? 
  • How do I request help?  
  • What do students think about Starfish? 
  • What is in the future plan for Starfish? 

View the recording of this session.

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Supporting Student Success through Important Policy and Procedural Changes

Wednesday, February 26, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. (note the slightly longer time)
118 ASI Building

Presenters:  Dr. Christine Masters, Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Global Programs, College of Engineering; Dr. David R. Smith, Associate Dean for Advising and Executive Director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies

Several new Faculty Senate policies and Administrative Council on Undergraduate Education (ACUE) procedures have been approved with the intention of supporting students’ academic success. Recognizing that students encounter academic difficulties for a broad range of reasons and that the University has a vested interest in their recovery and success, these changes will help shape a culture of student success by developing policies that support the positive academic recovery of undergraduates across Penn State. In particular, the roundtable will discuss changes to ACUE procedures I-1: Academic Difficulty and Recovery, which focuses on how units work with students on Academic Warning and Academic Suspension. In addition, the panelists will discuss Grade Forgiveness (H-2), which will be implemented beginning summer 2020.

Join the presenters in discussing these procedures and considerations for advisers when working with students around these topics.

Use this form to submit questions to the presenters before the seminar so they can anticipate the needs of the advising community.

Participate in this presentation online via Zoom: https://psu.zoom.us/j/8148658224

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Contact Terry Musser at 814-865-7576 or txm4@psu.edu for additional seminar details.

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