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Conference Year: 2020
Session #: P14(PRE-3)
Title: No Career Is an Island: How to Teach Adaptability Through Advising Alternatives
Lead Presenter: Billie Streufert
Date: October 05, 2020    Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: Preconference Workshop
Abstract: Change is inevitable. Personal and professional transitions are part of life. Effective academic advisors teach students to cope with uncertainty, particularly as they encounter competitive admission for selective undergraduate or graduate programs. Without such support, students are at risk of academic failure, attrition, or, more tragically, suicide.

Known as parallel planning and alternative advising, advisors design curriculum to teach adaptability. This promotes goal disengagement and reengagement, while also fostering self-efficacy, management of anxiety, and values clarification. During this interactive session, participants will examine theoretical paradigms that inform this advising curriculum and tailored strategies for subgroups of populations, such as high-achieving, athletes, and historically non-dominant students. They will benchmark their current practices against these exemplary models and apply these principles to multiple scenarios drafted by participants to mirror the challenges they encounter on their campus. Participants will also evaluate example parallel planning forms and prepare to respond to students who are denied admission. Specific examples will be provided of questions to ask, information to share, and ways to respond to reluctance. Emphasis will also be given to ways advisors can design inclusive college environments that cultivate curiosity and ensure individuals have equal access to their chosen endeavors. At the conclusion of the session, participants will develop a rubric they can use to evaluate student learning and a concrete list of next steps to implement to advance these initiatives at their institution.
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