Student Advising Initiative Launches
In August, a report summarizing the diagnostic phase of the Magis Operational Excellence Program (MOE) was released to the SLU community.
(Skip to page 31 for an overview of the focus areas that MOE will address over time.)
The program has launched teams for five focus areas so far...and is announcing its
sixth team today -- undergraduate student advising.
New Initiative Team Announced: Student Advising
The Student Advising Initiative Team seeks to improve the undergraduate advising systems,
structures and services that support students from program/major selection to job
placement. This work will build off the past and current efforts of the Student Government
Association to assess and improve advising.
Today, academic and career guidance is made possible through a network of dedicated
professionals and faculty across the University. Some students have reported difficulty
navigating all of the resources available to them; others find certain requirements
to be unnecessary.
Despite some challenges, the adviser's role is widely recognized as essential to student
success — assuring our students discover personal and professional goals through reflection,
remain on-track to an on-time graduation, and can soar into highly competitive career
and graduate school placements.
The Student Advising Initiative Team will seek input and expertise from many stakeholders
through a variety of methods, such as interviews, focus groups, community forums and
surveys. The Student Government Association will coordinate special forums for students
to provide feedback to the Student Advising Initiative Team this spring. Student
forums will also take place in the fall semester.
The team members were selected by Provost Nancy Brickhouse and CFO David Heimburger
to provide diverse work experience and perspective, as well as coordinate with existing
leadership groups, such as Student Government Association and Academic Advising Leadership
Council. The current team members are:
- Mark Higgins, Ph.D., Dean, Cook School of Business
- Lisa Israel, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Student Success Center
- Debra Lohe, Ph.D., Director, Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning
- Margaret Bultas, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
- Jay Haugen, University Registrar
- Grant Mayfield, Student, Junior, Student Government Association Vice President for
Academic Affairs (2016-2017)
- Lisa Michigan, M.A., Academic Adviser, Parks College
- Denise Sleet, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Neutral Budget Impact
Many MOE focus areas are described in the diagnostic report as budget neutral, meaning
the aims are to improve processes and reduce bureaucracy; and cost reduction is not
an expected outcome. Student Advising is one of MOE's budget neutral focus areas;
there is no goal to reduce costs or terminate any staff related to advising services
across the university.
Offer Your Expertise
Do you have expertise to offer the Student Advising Initiative Team? Contact project
manager Dr. Lohe or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fill out the feedback form on the program website and we will add
your name to the list of important stakeholders who have knowledge, expertise or ideas
about improving the processes that lead to successful student support.
Do you have a question about the Operational Excellence program or the Student Advising
Initiative Team? Check out the online FAQs. Send us an email at email@example.com or fill out the feedback form on the program website. Or, reach out to any initiative
team project manager or member with ideas, concerns, or questions.
Eric Armbrecht, Ph.D., M.S.
Mickey Luna, J.D.
Vice President, Human Resources
Launched in February 2016, Magis Operational Excellence is an institution-wide initiative
designed to make SLU more efficient and effective, and identify opportunities for
increased revenue and growth — all to enable the priorities identified in the University's
strategic plan. The program stems from Initiative Five of the strategic plan that
calls for us foster a culture of excellence, effectiveness and efficiency deeply rooted
in our institutional mission and Catholic, Jesuit values.