IU Southeast reorganizes campus advising, hires several new employees

26th March 2012

NEW ALBANY, IN, (March 26, 2012) – Student advising at Indiana University Southeast has a new look.

In an effort to increase student persistence to graduation and to better connect students with the faculty and staff in their academic schools, IU Southeast is implementing an overhaul of the advising process. In addition a new Advising Center for Exploratory Students (ACES) will open this week.

ACES replaces the Academic Success Center, which previously handled advising for all incoming students regardless of their intended major. Under the new advising system, students who have selected a major or those who are leaning toward a field of study without yet declaring their final major will be advised in their individual academic schools. Undecided individuals will now be advised in ACES.

“The new advising model will allow our students to become more connected to the faculty in their major, giving them a clearer path to their academic and professional future,” said Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Gil Atnip. “In addition, our new approach will allow our advisors more individual attention to help undecided students find the right major for them. All of our research indicates that this new model will better support students’ persistence to get their degrees.”

The recommendation to restructure academic advising at IU Southeast was proposed after a seven-month study in 2010 by the Student Success and Persistence Task Force. That group was convened in May 2010 by Chancellor Sandra Patterson-Randles to look into initiatives to improve student success and persistence to graduation. An implementation committee was put in place in 2011.

“We want to ensure that this is a smooth transition for our current students and an easy process for our incoming students,” Atnip added. “We have a dedicated staff who have led the transition for more than a year, and we are eager to see it come to fruition.”

To handle their influx of students, each of IU Southeast’s six academic schools has hired at least one additional advisor. New positions were also added in ACES, including Rebecca Turner as director.

Turner comes to IU Southeast after nearly six years at Spalding University in Louisville. She held several positions during her time at Spalding including director of academic advising. She earned a B.S. in Education from IU Bloomington and a Master’s in Education from Vanderbilt University. Turner began at IU Southeast in February. As director of ACES, she will report to the new Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Annette Wyandotte.

In addition to Turner, new advising positions include:

  • Michael Ellis, Arts and Letters
  • Danielle Towle, Business
  • Donna Ulrich, Business
  • Vicki Prince, Education
  • Karen Boston, General Studies
  • Tobin Richardson, Natural Sciences
  • Sarah Gierke, Nursing
  • Misti Whitaker, Social Sciences
  • Christina Thompson, ACES
  • Shane Thomas, ACES
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