Berks Academic Advising Council

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College / Administrative Unit: 
Penn State Berks
Date Started: 
November 2012

This council was started as a recommendation from the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses. The objectives are to formalize both the advising plan and faculty adviser training at the Berks campus.


Desired Results:

A formal, documented advising program and training for faculty advisers.

Actual Results:

  1. Formalized Advising Plan – The Academic Advising Plan for Berks College was completed in February 2013. It is posted on the Intranet and is a resource for new and continuing advisers. It is included as a resource in New Adviser Training which increases consistency in the training provided.
  2. Current Faculty Adviser Training will be examined – Adviser training needs were assessed. Adviser training is now done on as needed basis.  Additionally, regular advising updates are sent electronically which highlight important information and dates.
  3. One way to consider an increase in the effectiveness of advising at the Berks College is to compare the percentage of graduating students, from the spring semester, who reported never seeing an adviser to the fall-to-fall retention data for that year.





*% of Spring graduates who reported never seeing an adviser




**Fall to Fall retention




*From the Annual Spring Aggregate Results of the Executive Summary Graduate Survey as prepared by Planning, Research & Assessment.

**From the Annual Spring to Fall Retention Reports prepared by Planning, Research & Assessment.

The above table shows that as more students met with academic advisers, campus retention increased.  Obviously, this is a very broad look at this issue and there are many factors which could impact both of these figures, that said, this table shows a pattern of correlation.

Contact Person: 
Paula Plageman
  • Paul Esqueda, Sponsor
  • Paula Plageman, Leader/Facilitator
  • David Aurentz, Member
  • Martha Aynardi, Member
  • David Bender, Member
  • Danielle Cummings, Member
  • Jui-Chi Huang, Member
  • Benjamin Infantolino, Member
  • Cheryl Nicholas, Member
  • Jayne Park-Martinez, Member
  • Teri Sabatelli, Member
  • Susanne Samson, Member
  • Michael Stella, Member