With regard to academic advising, an eighteen-member task force has been assembled that includes students, faculty, and staff from Academic Affairs, Students Affairs, and Enrollment Management.
As I noted in my recommendations to the Chancellor, the final report of the Academic Restructuring Task Force (ARTF) includes a sweeping analysis of academic advising and a recommendation to move to a system of professional advisors based in each college (Appendix 2). I am asking the Academic Advising Task Force to consider that model, as well one in which professional advisors would be housed in a central location. These are general models, of course, and permit a great deal of variation of detail within each. Whatever model the Taskforce recommends, it should also—following the ARTF—be coupled with a formal system of faculty mentorship to supplement professional advising.
In exploring models, the Task Force will consider the entire life-cycle of undergraduate students, from initial intake, to career counseling for program selection, to course selection, to special interventions for at-risk students, to job placement. The Task Force will do so with explicit recognition of the interplay of academic advising with all relevant units on campus—including the Office of Transfer Student Services, Student Life, and the Office of Record and Registration. The group will also consider the impact to the current and proposed advising systems if UALR moves forward with the implementation of meta-majors and the requirement for students to declare a major after a stipulated number of credit hours.
In the section “Data Availability and Data User-Friendliness as an Essential Part of Successful Restructuring” of its report (p. 8), the ARTF also recommends adopting software that will facilitate advising and early warning and intervention efforts. I am therefore including an exploration of appropriate software for these activities in the charge to the Task Force.
Task Force Members
- Daryl Rice (Office of Provost)-Chair
- Marion Douglas (Arts, Letter and Sciences)
- Jan Thomas (Arts, Letter and Sciences)
- Shannon Collier-Tennison (Education and Health Professions)
- Susie Hook (Education and Health Professions)
- Amy Sedivy (Education and Health Professions)
- Jamie Byrne (Social Sciences and Communications)
- George Jensen (Social Sciences and Communications)
- Andrew Drummond (Social Sciences and Communications)
- Andrew Wright (Engineering and Information Technology)
- George Tebbetts (Engineering Technology)
- Mark Funk (Business)
- Jennifer Grant (Business)
- Darryl McGee (Student Services)
- Malissa Mathis (Transfer Student Services)
- Pattie McCord (Records)