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The W Leadership Academy invites you to a workshop on Appreciative Advising where you will learn how to increase student engagement and, in turn, improve student success in their major and their transition to a career.


Appreciative Advising Workshop
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 3:00-5:00pm
Gail Gunter Multipurpose Room of Fant Memorial Library
Refreshments Provided by Project CHEW and Passport to Wellness

Effective academic and career advising is essential to MUW's goal of developing the next generation of learners, thinkers, and doers. MUW's current advising system is heavily weighted towards student progression through the degree, and, while this model is successful in planning and completing course requirements of the degree, it can miss an important piece of the advising puzzle - personal and professional growth.

The majority of our student body has unique needs (e.g., first generation, inadequate college readiness, rural upbringing, media-influenced understanding of careers, etc.) best handled through a more personalized advising system, such as the Appreciative Advising Model. This model has been shown to lower stress in college students and increase their likelihood of success both in the degree and during career transition. Appreciative Advising is defined as "an intentional collaborative practice of asking positive, open-ended questions that help students optimize their educational experiences and achieve their dreams, goals, and potentials." As such, Appreciative Advising has been found to be a powerful tool to build rapport with students, enhance self-esteem, modify locus of control, and motivate students to do well.

Dr. Makayla Merritt, the Director of Clinical Rotations and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM), will lead a workshop that educates faculty, staff, and administrators on advising theory and Appreciative Advising. Small groups will work on practical application scenarios that focus on ways to incorporate the Appreciative Advising Framework while also being mindful of time and efficiency for participating faculty and staff.

Please RSVP to Lee Crouse (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Monday, February 11th, to ensure we have an accurate number of attendees.

This event was organized by W Leadership Academy participants Hannah Bascomb, Lee Crouse, Jessica McDill, and Nicole Welch and is co-sponsored by the W Leadership Academy, Project CHEW and Passport to Wellness, the Kossen Center for Teaching & Learning, and The U.S. Department of Education under the Strengthening Institutions Program through Title III, Part A of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

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