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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

New Technology

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. 

Career 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

Thank You

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