From "Ugh" to "Ahhhh": Creating a sustainable orientation advising model

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2023 - 1:00 PM CDT (GMT-5)

picture of students sitting on stepsEach summer, advisors are tasked with finding a way to advise a large number of incoming students while providing them with an experience that leaves each student feeling connected to their advisor. After years of increasing student numbers and a chaotic summer of 2020, our advisors felt overwhelmed and fatigued. In an effort to improve the experience for our advisors while maintaining an individualized experience for our students, we created an online hybrid advising program that consisted of group advising and one-on-one meetings. 

In this session, advising administrators will share the challenges we experienced with previous versions of our orientation advising model, describe the online hybrid program that we created, and provide attendees with materials to replicate a similar program in their unit.

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balancing academic advising with other faculty responsibilities (dw55)

online webinar presentation
thursday, april 24, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. central time

nacada members register by march 24, 2014 to receive early bird discount
registration deadline: tuesday, april 22, 2014 (or earlier if our connection limit is reached)

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What You'll Learn

  • Identify benefits and challenges of current orientation advising program
  • Recognize the benefits of an online group/one-on-one hybrid advising program
  • Be better able to manage large numbers of students in an online setting
  • Understand the program and adapt the information to meet needs at their institution 


Headshot of Stephanie HartStephanie Hart,  Director of Academic Advising in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech

Stephanie Hart serves as the Director of Academic Advising in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. In her current role, she oversees the college’s academic advising services and daily operations of the unit. Over the last 12 years, Stephanie has developed a wide range of skills from her work in recruitment, academic advising, scholarship support, student programming, event planning, and administration. Stephanie has a passion for finding ways to use technologies and systems to create efficient, high-impact advising practices.
Stephanie earned a Master’s Degree in Higher Education and a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development, both from Virginia Tech.

Headshot of Dana McGuireDana McGuire, Assistant Director of Academic Advising in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech

Dana McGuire serves as the Assistant Director of Academic Advising in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. Her current role focuses on student retention, academic advising, and assessment, but she also skilled in student development, program development, training, and peer education. Dana has over ten years of experience in academic support and advising and her work is driven by her desire to guide and advocate for students as they deepen their self-awareness, explore their interests, and develop and refine their educational, career, and life goals.
Dana earned an M.A.Ed. in Higher Education from Virginia Tech, a post-baccalaureate secondary education teaching certificate from Penn State, and a B.A. in History, also from Penn State.

Core Competencies Addressed

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

  • C4 icon.jpg  Academic advising approaches and strategies.
  • R2 icon.png Create rapport and build academic advising relationships. 
  • R4 icon.png Plan and conduct successful student interactions.


NACADA Members:

  • Before/on Oct. 30 - $150
  • After/on Oct. 31 - $175


  • Before/on Oct. 30 - $300
  • After/on Oct. 31 - $325

Registration closes November 27, 2023

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