Annual summit helps academic advisors stock up on knowledge
Brandman University’s academic advisors met in Irvine this week to “retrofit” the advising program for the 2016-17 academic year. The annual summit is an intense three days of meeting campus leaders, learning about changes to the course catalog, sharing ideas, thinking outside the box and introducing new advisors both to the university and to their fellow advisors.
“It’s a really nice opportunity to meet people informally,” said Jennifer Henschel, who joined the academic advising team in Yuba City six months ago.
Don Scott, director of Advising and Retention Services, said 14 of the 55 advisors at the university are new since the last summit. The newest one, John Reyes, started his academic advising career on Monday.
“I’m so impressed with how friendly and welcoming everyone,” said Reyes.
Scott said the “retrofitting” theme reflects the emphasis on the initiatives they plan to introduce this year. “The advising model we’ve been using is in its ninth year. This gives us an opportunity to take it to the next level. We’ve had lots of accomplishments but want to have an even greater impact on students.”
While the sessions were intense and packed with information, they also had a light-hearted touch with a few fun and games and a room outfitted with construction zone signs and other accessories.
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