Helping students achieve academic success goes beyond instructing them in individual courses. Students need to be inspired and empowered to persist so they can reach their ultimate goal of graduation.
My intention is to help 100% of my advisees achieve their academic goals. Here are the steps I take to make this happen:
- I reach out to each advisee several times each semester, encouraging them to meet with me. I also check in to be sure they have followed up on the action plan we came up with in our meetings. (View my tracking sheet here, with student names removed.)
- I ask them to complete the Commit to Complete pledge so that I can remind them of their own aspirations. It’s important for them to take ownership of their own success—and to see me only as a guide.
- I use the Plan of Study checklist to ensure that they are registering for the correct courses each semester. (View a sample checklist, with student name removed.) Often, I have advisees register for classes in my office to be sure it gets done.
- I run audits via MyIvy’s Degree Completion Tracker to be sure all requirements have been satisfied per the Ivy Tech registrar. (View sample email message I sent to an advisee based on the results of the audit.)
Sometimes, students need more than academic advising to stay on track. Sometimes they need help figuring out the wraparound services that are available to help them with issues beyond coursework.
- Counseling: Recently a student came to my office to tell me she had been sexually assaulted. I listened to her, comforted her, assured her it wasn’t her fault—and then directed her to the free counseling provided by the school (see follow-up email, with information only per her request).
- Scholarships: Students often ask me about scholarship opportunities, probably because I am the Phi Theta Kappa advisor, which offers excellent scholarships. I give them as much information I can, but also direct them to their academic advisor (who they can identify through Ivy Advising), Student Affairs, and College Fish.
- Tutoring: I regularly recommend tutoring to all students, but especially to students who are struggling with concepts. Students can get free tutoring on campus (dropping in or scheduling an appointment in the library) or via tutoring.com (up to 15 hours per semester).
- Clubs: When students feel more connected to the campus community, they are more likely to persist. I inform all my students and advisees of the opportunities here, including Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government, and Culture Club.
- Disability Support Services: If students need special accommodations, I let them know that Ivy Tech Community College provides effective services and accommodations for qualified individuals with documented disabilities.