2019 WNY Advising Conference - Call for Proposals
Proposals Due: December 7th, 2018
The WNY Advising Conference welcomes presentations and workshops on topics that foster the development of quality professionals within the fields of academic advisement, student affairs, and higher education. Interactive presentations that provide practical application are encouraged. Suggested topics from our past conference surveys are listed at the bottom of this page.
Proposal Contacts / Questions
- Length: 55-65 Minutes Including questions & discussion.
- Registration Requirement: Due to budgetary considerations, the conference is unable to offer complimentary registration, meals or lodging for presenters. If accepted to present, you will need to register for the conference.
- Archive: We ask presenters to post a copy of their presentations / handouts to the conference archive (we can pre-load them the morning of the conference and updates can be accommodated).
- We strongly encourage repeating audience questions and using a mic (if available): This helps attendees in the back of the room or who may be hearing impaired. We recommend that you don't state "I don't need the mic, do I?"
- Video: If you plan to show video during your presentation,
- Download a backup file in case of technical difficulties with Wi-Fi (not expected).
- Try to select videos that have captions for accessibility reasons (available on most YouTube videos), or provide video transcript handouts.
- Please be sure your abstract matches what you want to cover as it helps with expectations from those selecting and evaluating your sessions.
Suggested Off-Theme Track Topics from last year's Post-Conference Survey
- Retention Focused-Advisement
- Remote/Online Advisement Best-Practices
- Personal Career Development
- Building Collegiate Relationships
- Connecting with an institution
- Inside Specialist Topics (Mental Health Counseling, Disability Services, Title IX, etc.)
Suggested Topics to coincide with Conference Theme Track:
- *NACADA's Revised "Academic Advising Core Competencies" (note: I would be happy to coordinate this presentation)**
New theories in student development
Developing trends in advising
advising the Youth of today
Bring in more outside specialists like Dave from the Disability Awareness realm to offer training in specific areas, instead of having the same presenters/topics each year. An example could be a training in Title IX legislation/Clery Act, or other types of federal law that pertains to Higher Ed. Another example is inviting someone from the management/business realm to offer management training to anyone in higher ed who is a supervisor. Often in higher ed, we find ourselves in supervisory roles without training in management or leadership.
Maybe more topics on registration issues? Orientation? Technology?
Advising International Students.
Addressing personal problem, connecting with local resources. One school said they had social workers on site, what does that look like as a student service.
Advisement, Academic Coach, Probation Coach, Mentor are very relational. Does and don'ts
Student services for student doing well academically. What can we offer them?
Discussion related to advising international students and non native English speakers, particularly immigrant and refugee students.
How to collaborate/ work with other professionals to ensure quality service to students.
Advising First Gen college students
Considering the schools that attend, a focus on student-athlete advising and even a track where advisors can have a session or two to solution find to issues they have on their own campuses.
Best practices with placement testing and developmental education. More on programs for probationary and dismissed students. Just best practices are always good and applicable
Role of academic skills in the professional academic advisor's job description.
Special Programs, Study Abroad and National Student Exchange opportunities.
Topics specific to refugee/immigrants advising student needs including:
Directing early stage career exploration.
Advancing students in the "murky middle"
Techniques for advising large caseloads
(those substantially above the industry recommended 250 students)
Legal and appropriate documentation of sensitive topics in public note systems.
Multicultural Student Advising
Advising for those in Academic Jeopardy/Academic probation
I like hearing about advising strategies, techniques used by other colleagues. Love hearing student success stories.
- The Changing Enrollment Picture
- Best Practices for Advising:
- Students with Mental Health Issues
- International Students
- Non-Traditional, Adult Learners
- At-Risk Students
- Student Athletes
- Academically-Talented Students (who think they know more than we do)
- Students Facing Probation or Dismissal
- Undeclared or Undecided Students
- Working with "Helicopter" Parents and Meeting FERPA Guidelines
- Under-prepared student population entering higher education (how do we try to help them catch up?)
- Social issues impacting student population
- How institutional diversity impacts the campus community
- Academic preparation and summer workshops to increase student retention in general first-year student population
- Underrepresented students in the STEM fields