Advisor Development and Resource Team (ADRT)

The ADRT was established in fall 2000 and given the charge to improve advisement campus-side. Initially, the team was composed of a small cadre of volunteer faculty. Currently, all academic departments are encouraged to designate a representative to serve a three-year term on the team, and almost all of the academic departments are represented. The ADRT serves as a coordinating body to promote quality advising campus-wide and to create programs and services that assist faculty in their advising role. The ADRT, chaired by the Coordinator of Developmental Education and Advising Development, meets once each semester to share information on departmental advising activities, address advising issues and concerns, plan and promote campus-wide initiatives, and promote campus-wide assessment strategies. The representatives then report back to their respective academic/program units.

Ongoing activities of the ADRT include sponsoring the advising development workshop series, presenting new advisor training, publishing the Advising You Can Use newsletter, administering the Advising Excellence Award, and publishing brochures and student information posters.

Advisor Training

The importance of training advisors has always been a priority for the Advising Development Program. The old Advising Commission sponsored a yearly workshop that addressed a single issue. This greatly limited participation. In fall 2000, the ADRT established a series of presentations that cover relevant topics. Each semester, five to six topics are presented. Special training sessions are also conducted for advisors just beginning their advising responsibilities at SU. New advisor training is available in two formats: a 2 - 3 day workshop conducted the week prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and a hybrid model that includes online modules delivered through the university's Blackboard system and sit-down sessions. In addition, separate advising information workshops are conducted for graduate counseling assistants.

Advising News You Can Use

Each semester, the ADRT publishes a newsletter with helpful campus information, program changes, and tips for advisors. The first edition was published in fall 1999, and was originally distributed to only faculty and administrators who advised students for the Division of Undeclared Majors. The newsletter is now distributed campus-wide to all faculty, administrators, and staff.

Advising Excellence Award

One of the significant initiatives to improve advisement campus-wide was the establishment of the Advising Excellence Award. In 2002, the provost announced the first competition. Her instruction was that a cash award be presented to the academic department that best demonstrates excellence and promotes best practices in academic advising. This remains the focus of the annual award. In fall 2007, eligibility to apply for the award was expanded to include College, School, and departmental advising programs. The Advising Excellence Award has two primary objectives: (1) to elevate the quality of academic advising campus-wide; and, (2) to cultivate a campus culture that values advising as an integral component of the teaching and learning process. To achieve these objectives, the award process encourages advising programs to identify and share best practices that can be adapted by departments across campus.

The annual Advising Excellence Award is evidence of the university's commitment to support a culture that values advising as a key component to both university and student success. The increasing quality of applications demonstrates that the award has been a catalyst to promoting excellence in advising campus-wide. The ADRT deeply appreciates the President's and Provost's continued support of this award.

If you are interested in serving on the ADRT, contact your department chair.