UM Advising Commons

Advising Conversations

The inaugural session of “Advising Conversations” will be held this Friday, October 8th from 10-11 am in LO 272. “Advising Conversations” is a program designed to facilitate campus-wide dialogue on topics that relate to all aspects of academic advising. Like its predecessor, Advising Circle, it will foster collaboration on a range of advising issues. Participation by representatives from Student Life and Academic Affairs is strongly encouraged. The first session is being jointly organized and hosted by the Undergraduate Advising Center and TRiO Student Support Services. We will look to form a cross-campus organizing committee; they will be charged with developing future agendas and meeting locations. Meetings will be held on a monthly basis; meeting locations will be set by the sponsoring group(s). Once each semester, a half-day Advising Forum will be held instead of the one hour Conversation.


  1. Create an opportunity for advisors and their colleagues across campus to regularly discuss the issues and procedures that impact the success of our students
  2. Promote greater awareness of the specialized advising needs of various populations, and the resources available to assist them
  3. Facilitate the exchange of information needed to effectively advise our students
  4. Develop and recommend improvements in academic advising at UM

Fall 2010 Schedule:


Friday, October 8th, 10-11am, LO 272

The Student in Academic Trouble: How to Help

What are we as advisors doing to identify and support students in academic difficulty? What resources are available, and where are the opportunities for improvements? What is the relationship between advising and the broader campus community? The focus here will be an examination of the Early Alert and Probation Programs.


Friday, November 19th (Tentative date; time and location to be announced)

Advising Forum: Lessons Learned from Summer 2010, Improvements for Summer 2011

In the spring/summer of this year, the University of Montana changed the way it conducts orientation, registration and advising of new and transfer students. The primary objective of the new system was to incoming students with equal access to the courses they need for their major(s), regardless of whether the student attends a summer orientation or the fall orientation held just before classes begin.

Forum Goals:

1.       To facilitate a cross-campus discussion of the 2010 Orientation, Advising and Registration framework

2.       To examine how well objectives were met for new, transfer and special population students

3.       To generate productive working groups to further revise and refine the process for the upcoming year

In anticipation of the Forum, Focus Groups will be held to solicit feedback from the campus constituencies involved in (or impacted by) the new model.


Friday, December 3rd, 10-11am, location tbd

Ending the Revolving Door for Suspended Students

How do we put an end to the revolving door of suspension and reinstatement? We’ll discuss some of the available strategies for advising suspended and reinstated students to increase their chances of getting back on track.

~Submitted by Beth Howard, Director, UAC


October 4, 2010 - Posted by | Advising


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