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Project #88

Faculty Advising Initiative

The primary goal of this project was to create an integrated professional and faculty advising system that includes an online faculty resource guide for advising, comprehensive online advising tutorials, and ongoing training sessions to ensure the success of faculty advisers. 


  • Increased faculty understanding of non-major graduation requirements (BA, BS, BFA, BM, and University Studies) 
  • Increased faculty competence in reading and understanding Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
  • Increased faculty referrals of students to campus resources due to improved understanding of University resources
  • Improved faculty and student satisfaction with overall advising experience


This project created a comprehensive set of advising resources to increase faculty understanding of non-major graduation requirements. Making these resources available to faculty through the faculty advising website, online faculty advising guide, and the delivery of ongoing training sessions ensures that all faculty have access to the information they need to succeed as advisers.

These resources also equip all faculty with the tools to provide students with accurate and consistent information. By ensuring that all departments have access to the same information on advising requirements, students are more likely to have a positive experience and continue seeing advisers after their first-year mandatory advising requirement has been met. The ongoing ripple effects of this holds great potential to dramatically improve student success and retention.


For more information, please see the project End-of-Project Report, Artifacts, and Final Expenditure Report.


  • Martha Dyson - Academic Adviser, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


  • Martha Dyson - Academic Adviser, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Karen Kennedy - Academic Adviser/Intl Student Liaison, Advising and Career Services, Enrollment Management & Student Affairs 
  • Paloma Harrison - Academic Adviser, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Robert Mercer - Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Daniel Fortmiller - Interim Vice President, Enrollment Management & Student Affairs



Project Management Plan

Project Plan

Status Reports

Sustainability Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Original Proposal