Recap of Appreciative Advising Workshop with Dr. Jennifer Bloom

Academic advisors serve on the front lines of the student success movement. While USF has made great strides in developing a stronger and more effective advising system, the Council of Academic Advisors and the Office of Student Success teamed up to bring to campus Dr. Jennifer L. Bloom, a nationally recognized expert in Appreciative Advising. The Appreciative Advising method is an innovative approach to student advising, aimed at helping students optimize their educational experiences, achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Dr. Bloom, Clinical Professor and Director, Higher Education & Student Affairs Program at the University of South Carolina, presented a general overview of the Appreciative Advising method to over 100 USF academic advisors, leaders, faculty and staff in a workshop on Friday, March 2nd.   
Through the workshop, advisors, administrators, faculty and staff learned proven techniques to build stronger relationships with students and help students fully utilize their strengths, skills and talents. The six phases of Appreciative Advising are designed to enhance advisor-student interactions, starting with establishing relationships, uncovering hopes and dreams, and ultimately implementing a successful academic plan. The approach builds on the organizational development theory of Appreciative Inquiry to improve academic advising and increase student success rates. Attendees gained valuable insight into the new methods introduced by Dr. Bloom and had the chance to practice their new skills through interactive exercises related to each phase of the model.
Dr. Bloom's presentation was based on the book titled, The Appreciative Advising Revolution, which the presenter co-authored with Dr. Bryant Hutson and Dr. Ye He from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 
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