2018-19 KUAN Committees & Charges

Assessment Committee: Karen Cook, Chair

2018-19 Committee Charge:

  • Brainstorm opportunities to inform the network of the campus-wide advising learning outcomes established by the committee in 2016-17. Measure the level of understanding membership have of what the learning outcomes mean and how to use them in their work. Based on findings, develop and implement strategies to enhance member understanding and usage.
  • Work with Undergraduate Studies to review the findings of the campus-wide assessment from spring 2018. Establish recommendations based on the findings to be shared with the UAEC and network. 
  • Collaborate with the chairs to develop a KUAN membership annual survey to collect feedback and ideas. Actively work with the committees to cut down or reduce overlap of surveys being distributed to network membership.
  • Review findings of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) once made available, and work with NSSE campus committee to determine what information would be helpful to share with the network.
Communication Committee: Amy Schmidt, Chair

2018-19 Committee Charge:

  • Continue to pull together content for the monthly KUAN newsletter for academic year distribution. Undergraduate Studies will continue to provide administrative support for newsletter creation and distribution.
  • Develop guidelines for members and other campus partners regarding opportunities and steps to have information and announcements shared through the newsletter and/or listserv. Establish a calendar of newsletter deadlines (i.e. content submissions, newsletter distribution). Share the guidelines and deadlines with committee chairs, membership, and campus partners. 
  • Maintain the KUAN email account and listserv. Collaborate with chairs to send out announcements and reminders (when appropriate) for events and other network activities.
  • Brainstorm content that could be added to the KUAN website that would be valuable for membership. Collaborate with the Cultural Competency committee to help promote the website and resource repository.
Cultural Competency Committee: Bhargavi Krishnan, Chair

2018-19 Committee Charge:

  • Develop and implement a strategy to communicate and encourage advisors to utilize the resource repository on the KUAN website.
  • Establish a plan to add or update resources available on the repository. Solicit member feedback to determine resource gaps as well as helpfulness of resources.
  • Partner with other KUAN Committees to incorporate programming, resources, and information to help support the cultural competency of KUAN membership.
  • Update membership on opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops, webinars, trainings, etc. that will help develop cultural competency.
Events and Recognition Committee: Dan McCarthy, Chair

2018-19 Committee Charge:

  • Informally recognize academic advisors throughout the academic year. This could be a continuation of the KU-dos or the establishment of another recognition structure.
  • Assist Undergraduate Studies with promotion of the Advisor of the Year Award nomination process. Communicate with membership about new and existing opportunities to nominate advisors for recognition sponsored by other units/departments across campus. 
  • Establish opportunities for members to informally and formally meet one another. Examples might include icebreakers at convenings, member spotlights, or events specifically designed to get members interacting with one another. 
Professional Development Committee: Dan McCarthy, Chair

2018-19 Committee Charge:

  • Organize and implement professional development activities for the KUAN. Undergraduate Studies will assist in the logistical coordination of these events. Events to include:
    •  A fall full-day event; a spring half-day event; and additional workshops or trainings throughout the academic year 
  • Survey membership for topics of interest. Share findings with other KUAN committees and determine topics of priority to focus on for the academic year. Collaborate with other KUAN committees or KU units to provide development opportunities to the network.
  • Communicate information about professional development opportunities taking place on campus, in the community, regionally, and/or nationally through the newsletter, convenings, or email. 
  • Develop informal or formal opportunities for members to share their learnings and experiences from professional development events. (i.e. members who attend the NACADA Annual Conference might write up a piece for the newsletter). 


If you have questions about the committees, please send an email to kuan@ku.edu.


Contact KUAN at kuan@ku.edu.

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