January 2013

Meeting Date: 
January 31, 2013

ACA Monthly Meeting

Thursday, January 31, 2013


SAC Ballroom


8:15   Breakfast and Social Time

Sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

8:30   Appreciating Campus Administrators:  Dr. David Laude, Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management

8:40   Words from Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management

Dr. Laude spoke about his role on campus and his plans for achieving the 70% 4-year Graduation Rate he has been tasked with meeting.

He began with a synopsis of how he began advising as a professor and how lucky he feels to have been able to teach, research, publish and advise students.  Dr. Laude is a past winner of the James W. Vick Award for Academic Advising (1997) and noted how much influence an advisor can have on a student.

He shaped his view of advising from his time working in the College of Natural Sciences to include:

  • Importance of the individual student – there is no “one size fits all” situation and it is important to adjust to each student and their needs
  • Advisors should not be “the bad guys” who have to say no – the advisor should be able to advocate for and represent the student and support a fair process for each student
  • Every student should have support – inclusive communities such TIP, Honors, Biology Scholars are important

Dr. Laude acknowledged that some challenging questions have been posed to us as advisors, but reminded us that in the struggle to do what’s right for students is where we can make a difference on campus.

As the Champion of 4-year graduation rates, the President’s initiative is an important focus of Dr. Laude’s job however he indicated that he has been asked if he really believes in it.  He responded that he is in favor of student success and feels that if a university does what is best for the student anywhere along that path, 4-year graduation will happen.

Dr. Laude mentioned that his job also focuses on data.  He discussed a program called “the Dashboard” that has created a data-driven way to evaluate the student population and create reforms.  The data from this program can be used in recruiting, admissions, student success programs and other areas.  Many new and proposed initiatives are being based on data taken from this program.

The importance of all departments to work together as a campus was mentioned many times in Dr. Laude’s talk, with the example of this fall’s incoming class given as evidence of success when campus works together.  This fall’s class was compared to another overly large incoming class approximately 10 years ago.  In spite of record-breaking numbers of incoming first year students, more seats were offered in course areas for these students.  This incoming class has the best overall grades and the lowest first-semester probation rate of any incoming class at UT.

Dr. Laude concluded his time by answering questions about the OTE, how staff impact is reflected in the Dashboard, who has access to data from the Dashboard and other issues.

9:45 Awards & Recognition Committee

Cindy Gladstone announced the UT NACADA Advising Award nominees, as follows:

Outstanding Advising Program Award: UTEACH Liberal Arts

Outstanding New Advisor Award (Primary Role):  Jinane Sounny-Slitine

Outstanding Advising Award (Primary Role):  Alexia Apollo

Outstanding Advising Award (Administrator):  Sean Smith

Pacesetter Award:  Dr. Gretchen Ritter

Cindy also announced the upcoming ACA Student and Staff Development Scholarship applications.  ACA is offering $200 scholarships to students who work in advising & academic support services.  ACA is also offering up to $500 scholarships to paid ACA members.  Applications are due by March 5.  Contact Sarah McKay with any questions.

9:50 Announcements

The Bridging Disciplines Program announced that the deadline to apply for BDP will be March 7.  Interested students are encouraged to attend an information session.

Many new advisors were introduced.  Welcome to ACA!

ACA now has storage space for any files, decorations, or other ACA-related materials.  If you have any of this, contact Jay Guevara.


Next Meeting:  Feb 27, 8:15-10:00am, SAC Ballroom