Many of you have already contacted your students as a group to alert them to your process for academic advising, clearance, and registration. This email may be just one of many steps to engage your students in academic advising. This time in the semester, I like to review an article I read in Academic Advising Today (NACADA) in 2010 to remind me that, no matter what the method of instruction, we have various ways to connect with our students for high levels of engagement.
Though this article is written by advisors of students studying at a distance, the strategies work for all of us. I recommend the article for a quick read. Here is a summary of strategies.
1. Online Open Houses
2. Congratulatory calls/emails
3. Continuing orientation
4. Reminders of FYE content
5. Reminders of what’s happening on campus
6. Available advisors
7. A place to find the answers
8. Information Blasts
10. Using data to make decisions