Division of Undergraduate Studies' academic advising seminars start Sept. 13

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Every semester the Division of Undergraduate Studies invites the Penn State community to lunchtime presentations featuring academic advising topics. These lunch-and-learn sessions take place on the University Park campus and provide opportunities for professional development, networking and advising discussions. No registration is necessary.

This semester, the following seminars are offered at no cost:

-- "Course Substitution Petitioning Process" will be offered noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in 110 Henderson Building (The Living Center). A new University-wide course-substitution and academic-exception request system — currently in a pilot phase — will soon replace the existing paper process with a streamlined, Web-based program for use across all colleges and campuses. The new process not only will expedite student requests and college/campus responses but will also facilitate related degree-audit adjustments. Additionally, the new system will provide a standard interface for students and advisers to use, improve communications between campuses and generate statistics to support accreditation reports. Leading this session will be Penny Carlson, executive director of academic services and assessment in the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses.

-- "The University Undergraduate Advising Handbook Is Changing!" will be offered noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in 110 Henderson Building (The Living Center). Scheduled to launch soon, a redesigned version of the handbook will meet accessibility standards, as well as present a new look, new URL and some new features. After conducting a survey of users, the handbook design team has endeavored to maintain the most valued handbook features while making critical upgrades. At this seminar, learn what's new and what's not. Handbook creators will be available to get your feedback and ideas. Leading this session from the Division of Undergraduate Studies will be Jeff Sechler, multimedia specialist, and Laura Brown, senior undergraduate studies adviser and handbook author.

"Using Career Services Resources in Academic Advising: Best Practices" is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in 103B/C Bank of America Career Services Center. This seminar will provide an update on some of the techniques and tools that Career Services uses to assist students in developing and achieving career goals. Advisers will be provided with an overview about students' job and internship search strategies, current career assessment instruments and some case studies of common student scenarios demonstrating how Career Services can assist students in different majors. When and how to refer students to Career Services will be emphasized, as well what happens once a student visits Career Services. Presenting this session from Career Services will be Matt Ishler, assistant director for career counseling and planning, and Laurie Verost, associate director for Commonwealth and World campuses.

"Analyzing Student Performance in First-Year Math Classes: Updates and New Initiatives" will be offered noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in 110 Henderson Building (The Living Center). Last year, Math Department data-analysis and -collection initiatives assessed the effectiveness of existing intervention programs. The purpose of this talk will be to revisit these discussions based on current analysis, describe the current data program and discuss new initiatives focused on student work habits and self-efficacy factors, as well as address any near-term advising implications. James Hager, assistant director of Undergraduate Mathematics, will lead this session.

For details, contact Laura Brown at 814-865-7576 or lsb7@psu.edu.

The Division of Undergraduate Studies at http://dus.psu.edu is a unit within Penn State's Office of Undergraduate Education. The division's mission includes student enrollment; the University-wide academic information network; general academic advising for any current and prospective Penn State student; and the educational planning and academic consultation components of New Student Orientation.

Last Updated August 23, 2013