Conference to focus on 'Advising Smarter'

August 28, 2014

The 13th annual Professional Development Conference on Academic Advising will take place 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. This year’s theme highlights “Advising Smarter: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Applications for Student Success.” 

Penn State President Eric Barron will give opening remarks, and during the noon hour, guest speaker Phil Gardner, director of Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute, will offer the keynote.  

Concurrent sessions throughout the day will address innovative ways advisers can teach students to plan and manage successful college experiences and will include research, strategies and/or best practices advisers can utilize to help students become good stewards of their educations.

This annual professional development event is open to academic advisers, administrators, faculty members who advise and others interested in the field of academic advising. Conference fee and registration information is available at

Sponsoring the 2014 conference are the Division of Undergraduate Studies, Office of Undergraduate Education, University Faculty Senate, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal.

For additional details, contact Carolyn Jensen, conference committee chairwoman, at or 814-863-3889.

The Division of Undergraduate Studies, a unit within the Office of Undergraduate Education, is one of Penn State’s largest units of enrollment for first-year students, leads the development of advising policies and practices, manages the University-wide academic information network and provides general academic advising for current and prospective Penn State students.

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