2017-18 KUAN Committees & Charges

Assessment Committee: Karen Cook, Chair
Maintain campus-wide advising learning outcomes Work with the Undergraduate Studies Assessment Specialist to explore assessment options (and to maintain learning outcomes). The goal is to have two levels of assessment. The first would be based on satisfaction and utilization of advising. The second would be based on establishing learning outcomes. Update advising assessment timeline. Establish a communication plan to keep KUAN, the UAEC, and undergraduate studies apprised of the assessment process, major milestones, assessment outcomes, and recommendations. Launch a campus-wide advising assessment in the fall of 2017.
Awards Committee: Kim Beets, Chair
Develop an informal recognition process for academic advisors where advisees, colleagues, faculty, etc. can acknowledge an advisor for their work or help (e.g. advisor monthly shout out). Communicate with the advising community regarding new and existing opportunities to nominate advisors for recognition sponsored by other units/departments across campus. Create a communication plan. Advisor of the Year Award Support: The Awards Committee will be critical in creating a marketing campaign to encourage individuals to nominate advisors. Given the busy time of year in which the Advisor of the Year award process occurs, the Office of Undergraduate Studies will coordinate the event logistics, the award selection committee, and nomination process to reduce stress on committee member schedules. Coordinate the submission of materials for the winning advisor to NACADA for consideration for state, regional, and national advising awards.
Communication Committee: Amy Schmidt, Chair
Continue the monthly KUAN newsletter (academic year distribution) and maintain the KUAN listserv with administrative support from the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Work with KUAN committees to establish opportunities to collaborate and needs they have in supporting their communication efforts with the advising community (e.g. advertising events). Determine needs for KUAN website (linked through undergraduate studies) – what information should be available through the KUAN site? How can undergraduate studies assist in website maintenance? Establish a list of important updates/dates that parents/guardians might need to know throughout the academic year that could appear in the parent association newsletter maintained by Student Affairs.
Cultural Competence Committee: Alexis Catanzarite, Chair
Continue the work around the cultural competency survey/assessment for the advising community. Review the staff fellows report on cultural competency, schools/college DEI strategies, and Campus Climate study alongside the results from your survey/assessment. Based on the review of these reports/documents does KUAN need a cultural competency strategy or statement? Develop a communication strategy to share findings and recommendations for next steps with the KUAN community, UAEC, and undergraduate studies. Develop a strategy to help promote campus and community events for academic advisors that help develop and strengthen cultural competency. Focus on utilizing campus and community partners as well as their existing programs/resources. Can we build a tool kit or resource guide for advisors that helps them understand how to create and maintain an inclusive environment? Collaborate with other KUAN committees to help ensure cultural competency is considered when appropriate as part of their work.
Professional Development Committee: Dan Mueller, Chair
Establish a calendar of 2017-18 professional development events. Work with Undergraduate Studies on event sponsorship. Including: A full day professional development event during the fall semester (recommended topic: financial wellness), a half day professional development event during the spring semester, brown bag sessions, workshops, and guest lecturers offered periodically throughout the academic year. Topics to consider: Active Shooter Response training. Work with undergraduate studies to plan reoccurring training opportunities including but not limited to Mental Health First Aid and Safe Zone. Collaborate with other committees to host joint-events. Develop a communication plan to help advertise upcoming events.
Social Committee: Amea Chandler, Chair
Establish a calendar of 2017-18 social events including events that recognize special times of the year/milestones during the school year. Work with Undergraduate Studies on event sponsorship. Develop a communications plan to keep KUAN membership informed on upcoming events. Collaborate with other committees to host joint-events. Develop a plan for how to welcome new advisors to KU (e.g. a new advisor social held once a semester, ensuring recognition of new staff at events)


The committee sign-up form will be available again on June 25th, 2018. 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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