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and learning

outcomes. In essence, academic advising is about teaching students to be self-reflective, set goals, make informed choices and

decisions, academic

ask questions, understand curricula, policies, and

procedures, and evaluate their own learning, experiences, and decisions. In this way, academic advising needs to have a mission statement that supports the College’s mission. My staff and I are currently working on our department’s mission,

vision, adviso responsibilities,




and student


outcomes as a result of the advising process.

In creating this new centralized advising center, I have reviewed a myriad of data and materials from CCSSE, other colleges and universities’ advising centers, and our own institutional research. These examples of best practices in the field of advising, combined with our previous effectiveness data, inform my decision-making in implementation of processes and programs that will benefit our students. We know that students who are engaged in the learning process are likely to persist to graduation; my goal is to continually contribute to students’ persistence through their engagement with the Academic Advising Center.

Finally, to me, academic advising should be focused on Sinclair students and their needs and goals. To that end, the Academic Advising Center will define, refine, and assess our progress regularly. Changes will continue. The Academic Advising Center staff will continue working to further streamline processes and procedures to operate in a fully centralized and student- centered manner. Later this year, my department will move to Building 11 (where Financial Aid is temporarily in 11346), which will locate us near to other pertinent services and offices our students need. We will also continue to explore uses of technology in order to enhance the advising experience for students.

Stay tuned for more from Academic Advising. Please feel free to contact me any time by email, phone, or in person.

Jan Tyler, Director of Academic Advising

Reflections from English Department


As if the list weren’t already long enough, you may have noticed yet another course appearing on that pesky menu at the left of the screen when you log in to my.sinclair. No, it’s not another course for you to teach; it’s a goldmine of practical and professional advice for and from our faculty.

The Writing Success Best Practices Master Course is available to all DEV/ENG instructors. Created by Adrienne Cassel and her part-time faculty committee, the site offers a variety of teaching materials and resources for those teaching the English composition sequence. For each course, there’s a dropbox where instructors can upload their own ideas and materials, as well as a discussion forum to share questions and comments with colleagues. Also included is an excellent part-time faculty resource manual with lots of nuts and bolts advice for those new to Sinclair. While checking out the site, be sure to click on the list of core questions from the Mid-Quarter Interview sessions and students’ various responses to these questions. The responses are anonymous and are a great way to understand students’ impressions of our courses.

In the spirit of our productive and enthusiastic collaboration at the DEV/ENG spring in-service, and as an outgrowth of Achieving the Dream, all Developmental English faculty have been added to the course. Please feel free to poke around to get ideas for your classes and learn more about others. The course content is located under the “Lessons” tab, where you will also find a DEV discussion forum. We hope to add more course folders so that DEV faculty can share their materials as well, but we’ll need your help. Please contact Adrienne Cassel: adrienne.cassel@sinclair.edu with any materials, comments or suggestions for the site.

Kathryn Geiselman, Assistant Professor of English and the editor of Musings

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