Cherry Blossoms

Retreat Notes - Humanities Undergraduate Advising Reorganization

The goals of this reorganization are:

  • To create consistent, professional, responsive advising for all of our students
  • To increase equity in advising roles across the College and University
  • To provide advisors with dedicated clerical, scheduling, and project management support
  • To coordinate recruitment, outreach, and student-facing communications for the division’s departments
  • To promote curricular and scheduling coordination across the division
  • To give students continuous advising support from premajor to postgraduate life
  • To achieve, by concentrating resources and personnel, economies of scale, for instance by partnering more effectively with on- and off-campus units and offices


Departmental Concerns

  • Loss of identification with and deep knowledge concerning departments, their programs, their offerings, and their resources, such as scholarship funds.
  • Impact of geographical consolidation of advising in a single location and the consequent separation between advisors and the departments served.
  • Maintenance of clear communications between the new unit and all twelve departments.
  • Recruitment for individual majors and for study abroad programs.
  • Decreased time spent advising each student and consequent “depersonalization” of advising.
  • Advisor rapport with, and ability to advocate for, students majoring in the humanities.
  • Ability to assess credit transfers from community colleges and non-US institutions.
  • Enrollment and registration management.
  • Ability to collect data and assess student progress in individual programs.
  • Advisor participation in departmental committees and faculty deliberations concerning curricular matters.
  • Impact on students of color, first generation students, undocumented students, and students from other underrepresented and under-served communities.


Departmental Questions

  • How is this saving money or increasing administrative efficiency?
  • How is this going to reverse, instead of accelerate, the downward trend in majors?
  • Why can’t a better online presence solve some of these problems?