Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 6 in 2020!

All preconferences are $25 and are on the first day of the conference, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, unless otherwise noted. 

You can sign up for preconferences while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a preconference workshop, please follow these steps.

P1: Professional Quality of Life: Action Planning to Prevent Burnout and Support Compassion Satisfaction
1-3 pm | Wednesday, April 29
Agatha Ampaire, South Dakota State University

Academic Advisors are caregivers. This role exposes advising professionals to unique joys and challenges on a daily basis. As a result, these employees face both Compassion Fatigue (CF) and Compassion Satisfaction (CS) from their work with students and families. The variety of issues we face – from triumphs to trauma – can invigorate and/or drain our emotional resources. Researchers sought to understand how advisors perceived their professional quality of life and how it differed based on years in the field. Attendees will hear results and analyze the findings of a recent campus-based study. Participants will consider the data and the implications of being a caregiver. After a break, advisors will complete action planning to address individual and organizational challenges with CF and CS to enhance their Professional Quality of Life.

Academic Advising Core Competencies that will be addressed in this presentation include: 

Engage in on-going assessment and development of the advising practice.
Create rapport and build academic advising relationships.
Academic advising approaches and strategies.


P2: Influential Leadership: Keys to Building Relationships and Making an Impact
1-3 pm | Wednesday, April 29
Annie Bigley, University of Minnesota
Tiffany Murphy, University of Minnesota

This interactive workshop will challenge participants to think critically about what influence can look like, understand the power of small changes, and utilize practical tools to partner with leaders from all levels. The presenters, two academic advisors, spent a year exploring resources and practicing strategies to increase their influence in spaces where they lacked positional power. This workshop will begin with an overview of the resources they examined and the approach they used to develop trust, strengthen challenging relationships, and make a positive impact on the campus community. Participants will be led through exercises that outline an influential leadership framework and provided concrete examples of how the presenters implemented these strategies into practice. The majority of the workshop will be spent in guided self-reflection and discussion. The goal is for participants to leave feeling empowered to begin the work of influencing positive change in their communities and with tools and resources to see it through.

Academic Advising Core Competencies that will be addressed in this presentation include: 

Engage in on-going assessment and development of the advising practice.
Communicate in an inclusive and respectful manner. 
Facilitate problem solving, decision-making, meaning-making, planning, and goal setting.


P3: Using Assessment to Establish Student Learning as the Heart of your Advising Program
1-3 pm | Wednesday, April 29
Jody Owen, South Dakota State University
Jana Hanson, South Dakota State University

Student growth and learning is a critical focus for academic advising programs, and a strong assessment plan can help advising professionals document changes in various areas of student growth and learning. Striving for excellence in advising assessment will result in growth for students and advisors, as well as in continuous improvement for academic advising programs. Session participants will 1) build knowledge of effective co-curricular assessment to develop high quality, sustainable assessment plans for learning activities that occur outside the classroom, 2) create academic advising Student Learning Outcomes (SLO's), 3) consider appropriate assessment methods, and 4) prepare to create a culture of assessment in their units. Through a combination of lecture and application activities, participants will use the knowledge they gain to create academic advising Student Learning Outcomes and will consider assessment methods and key performance indicators for each SLO. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a foundation for implementing assessment activities as a means of enhancing student growth and learning on their campuses. Presenters will share examples from the success center and advising center assessment plans at their institution to guide the conversation.

Academic Advising Core Competencies that will be addressed in this presentation include: 

Expected outcomes of academic advising.
Engage in on-going assessment and development of the advising practice.


P4: NACADA Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees - FREE
3:30-4:30 pm | Wednesday, April 29

Get introduced to NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and your NACADA region! This new member orientation will provide you with guidance and insights as you begin your journey e to understand how you can make the most of your "first year experience" in NACADA and with your region. During this session you will have the opportunity to: 1) Learn about the structure and opportunities of NACADA; 2) Develop ideas for resources and networking to help you both personally and professionally in your region; and 3) Listen to colleagues share their stories and connect with other new members to the association. 

Bring your questions as well as an open and reflective attitude! Your participation in this session can be the beginning of the first chapter in your NACADA story!

Advising Our Students to Go Far

May 4-6, 2022
Fargo, ND

Call for Proposals  | due by 2 p.m. central Monday, December 20
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Jessica Bauer
North Dakota State University

Linda Fricker
North Dakota State University

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