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UHD Academic Advising Professional Development a Great Success

University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Academic Advising Centers in collaboration with Academic Affairs completed the first series of Academic Advising Professional Development, Thursday, May 26.

Throughout the spring 2016 semester, a series of professional development trainings for all UHD advisors were presented to improve the quality of academic advising UHD provides to our students. The series were collaborative efforts by UHD departments and advising. They were held bi-monthly and focused on areas such as advising practices, implications, development and student support services.

This was the first time in UHD history that professional development has been created university wide and specifically for academic advising. The series' resulted in an active comradery between academic advisors across UHD centers, and for many advisors it was the first time they had met another advisor in a different center. The series allowed for all centers to voice their concerns and ideas with advising leadership.

The Professional Development project was developed and implemented by both Rashonda Flint, Ph.D., assistant Dean of College of Sciences and Technology and Reyna Romero, director of Advising Services, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition to Flint and Romero, many faculty and staff members across the university collaborated in the success of the project.

At the closing ceremony, Provost Edward Hugetz addressed the advisors and thanked them for their hard work and dedication to student success and applauded them in their commitment to UHD. He stressed the importance of active and engaged advising for our students and spoke about the importance of academic advising.

Certificates were presented to those advisors who attended all sessions in the spring semester. Advisors were provided with special UHD pins provided by University College.

Due to the great success of the series, development has begun for the fall series, to commence in September 2016.