January 29, 2020
The enhanced advising model that connects all first year students with a team of advisors focused on their individual academic and career goals is already proving to be successful. The new advising model was implemented in the fall of 2018 and 95% of first year students who started at the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) that fall returned to Syracuse University in the fall of 2019 – an 11% increase over the year before.
“With the implementation of our new advising model, students are connected with their Success Advisor, their Career Advisor, their Faculty Advisor, and a peer leader from the day they arrive on campus,” said ECS Director of Student Success Advising Sarah Mack. “This team engages with students early and often to help them build a solid foundation for their academic, personal, and professional goals. As they advance though our College, students will have access to their advising team right up to graduation day.”
Student success advisors assist students in identifying personal and academic goals, provide skill development and coaching in those areas. Career advisors work with students on networking, resume preparation, interview skills and connections with potential employers. Faculty advisors assist with elements of career and success advising, while also helping students identify exciting opportunities related to curriculum, clubs, research, and even graduate studies. Finally, one of the most effective programs provides peer mentoring from students who have already been successful in an essential class.
“Our students recognize the importance to take advantage of resources available to them such as office hours and the Academic Excellence Workshop (AEW) program. Focused on mastery versus memory, the peer led collaborative AEW program now in its twenty fourth year continues to be a cornerstone of our retention efforts,” said Director of Student Programs Kate Pynn. “The success and longevity of the AEW program can be contributed to the supportive faculty and undergraduate facilitators that prepare and lead these weekly sessions with a genuine desire for their peers to succeed.”