2019 Student Success Summit

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Welcome, and thank you for joining us for an afternoon of advising professional development.
See below for a schedule of the afternoon and materials for each presentation.

Outcomes of today’s sessions:

  • Utilize new information and resources in their work with students to support student success
  • Describe the potential impact the advising relationship can play in student success
  • Apply new techniques for improving personal and professional satisfaction in their role

Schedule and Materials:


Coaching as an Advising Strategy: Increasing Motivation, Responsibility and Trust
We will define “Coaching” conversations and elaborate on Coaching as a process by which Faculty and Advisors may enhance their advising approach and help increase student retention and graduation rates.
Michael Heim, Washington State University and Principal of Preferred Coaching


Breakout Session 1 | 1:10pm-2:00pm

Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns, Mandan
Learn how to recognize common mental health concerns and how to assist students in getting the help they need.
Dr. Bill Burns, Director, Counseling Center

Advising 101, Prairie
This session will cover recent policy updates and advising resources that are essential to your success as an advisor at NDSU. This session is geared towards advisors looking for an information refresher prior to spring advising as well as more information about recent policy changes (e.g. repeat policy) and technology tools and how they can impact student success.
Dr. Rhonda Kitch, Registrar and Andrea Hein, Director, Advising Resource Center

Identifying and Supporting Underprepared vs. Underperforming Students, Arikara
The American Association of College and Universities reports that “53% of students entering our colleges and universities are academically underprepared, i.e., lacking basic study skills” (Tritelli, 2003) This is a 33% increase in the number of academically underprepared students since 1996 (NCES). We have to ask whether academic preparation is enough to be successful in college. If no, what else is necessary for a student to thrive in their journey to graduation? This interactive session will outline the differences between being academically under prepared (skills/background) and underperforming (motivation) in college and how faculty and advisers support both types of students.
Jill Walkinshaw, Graduation Specialist and Josiah Cole, Success Coach, Advising Resource Center

Breakout Session 2 | 2:10pm-3:00pm

Making Coaching Feel “Real”: Practical Coaching Skills for Advising, Badlands
This session explores how the SOAR model helps to simplify coaching to 4 key conversational elements. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to use powerful questions and specific Coaching skills to drive the conversation forwards, and help students commit themselves to follow through with a plan of action to reach their academic goals.
Michael Heim, Washington State University and Principal of Preferred Coaching

Breakout Session 3 | 3:10pm-4:00pm

Career Coaching – What students want out of education and how we help them get there, Mandan
This session will cover handling the “when the conversation turns to career” discussions with students during advising appointments. Faculty and staff will learn more about free resources online to take the conversation to the “next level” and to help students feel more comfortable and confident in their chosen career path. There will be open discussion about discovering careers beyond the classroom and knowing when faulty can refer on to the Career Center staff members
     Amanda Reil, Senior Career Coach and Olivia Scott, Senior Career Coach, Career Center

Simple Self-Care Strategies for a Busy Campus, Prairie
During this interactive session, you will learn simple practices for preventing burnout in your work life and home life.  These research-based practices can contribute to more connection, happiness, meaning, and resilience in your life.
Dr. Jill Nelson, Professor and Associate Dean, Human Development & Education

Crucial Conversations…One Coaching Strategy for Student Progress, Arikara
Reviewing basic framework of crucial conversations – and apply it to conversations with students and teaching it to students so they can have productive conversations.
Trish Strom, Assistant Professor of Practice, Nursing