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Why should advisors participate in the Master Advisor program?

Academic advisors play a key role in supporting students to ensure they have a successful college experience. Training and professional development prepare advisors to provide the highest level of expertise and is the primary reason that the Master Advisor Program was developed.

Once advisors complete the initial intensive workshop, they gain a designation of Master Advisor. This distinction makes them eligible for the annual Outstanding Academic Advising Award.

How is the Master Advisor Program Delivered?

Faculty and professional staff advisors attend an initial intensive full-day workshop that will be offered multiple times throughout the year.

What topics are covered in the initial Master Advisor Workshop?

  • Basic and advanced advising strategies and techniques.
  • Ethical issues related to advising
  • Technologies and resources used in advising
  • Academic policies and procedures
  • changes to curriculum that impact advisors

What is expected after becoming a Master Advisor?

Master advisors continue to increase knowledge and skills by attending at least two additional one-hour workshops within two years of completing the initial Master Advisor Workshop to maintain their Master Advisor certification. These topical workshops will be presented throughout the academic year on a variety of topics related to academic advising.


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