Student Advising Initiative Update: Quick Take
Recommendations designed to transform the student advising experience have been approved
and are now moving into the implementation phase. These recommendations were developed
by an initiative design team and reflect input from the SLU community. Below is a
summary of the key changes. For more details and background information about this
initiative, visit the Operational Excellence website.
By this fall, SLU will launch new, mobile-friendly technology that will make it easier
for students to plan classes, switch majors, add minors and transfer credits. University
Registrar Jay Haugen is leading the effort to select the new product. Once selected,
an implementation planning team will be formed to guide its customization and installation.
New Organizational Structure
All academic advisors will report centrally to the Office of the Provost, but will
remain embedded within their respective colleges and schools to ensure strong relationships
with academic programs and faculty. To lead this group, a new — budget-neutral — position
of assistant provost for academic advising has been created. An interim assistant
provost will be appointed in the coming weeks to oversee the reorganization. It’s
important to note that there is no goal to reduce staff or other costs associated
with SLU’s advising services.
No immediate changes are planned, but Dr. Pestello has asked Justin Daffron, S.J.,
assistant to the president for growth strategies, to assemble a group to further explore
recommendations from the initiative design team related to career services. This team
will explore ways through which career services at SLU might be enhanced and possibly
integrated with academic advising.
The goal is to ensure that any changes we pursue elevate career readiness and job
placement for all undergraduate students at SLU, as well as offer the most robust
opportunities for internships, service learning and other programs that may be critical
to student success. To learn more, email Father Daffron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are grateful for the time and expertise of everyone who served on the student advising
initiative design team. They contributed diverse work experience and perspectives
on processes, structures, policies and philosophies related to supporting students
in achieving academic and career goals. They kept the Jesuit concept of educating
the whole person at the forefront of their planning, and their work fully reflects
that principle. A complete listing of the team is available on the OE website.
As always, your comments and ideas are welcome. You can email the program team or use the online feedback form. You may also contact your colleagues who are working on any of the active focus
areas; initiative team rosters are found on the program website.
Your Operational Excellence Program Coordination Team
Eric Armbrecht, Ph.D., Associate Professor – Co-Leader
Doug Williams, J.D., Professor – Co-Leaderz
Libby Gallogly – Project Manager
Justin Daffron, S.J. – Growth
Clayton Berry – Communications
Brianne Burcke – Finance