Let’s celebrate our vibrant advising community! Thank you for all of the work you do supporting students and helping them accomplish their dreams. You are an important part of the journey students take from orientation to graduation. On this page you will find links to commonly used forms, self-service training materials, a link to the advising handbook, and resources to further your advising training and development- things to help you keep your advising game sharp!
All-Advisor Meeting Schedule and Teams Links
Check out the All-Advisor Meeting Schedule and grab the Teams links to join.
Outstanding Professional Advisor Award
- 2023 - Denise Daphne, Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
- 2021 – Shannon Adamsick, Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
- 2020 – Amber Paugh, Senior Academic Advisor, School of Education
- 2019 – Joseph Cao, Advisor, School of Business
Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award
- 2023 - Krista Griffen, Ed.D, Associate Professor of Literacy, School of Education
- 2021 – Courtney Rocheleau, Ph.D., Professor of Psychological Sciences
- 2020 – MB Krueger, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Department of Music
- 2019 – Soj Sirivanchai, Retention and Success Advisor, Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy
- The lead advisors (professional advisors) are wonderful. They are always ready to help me with questions I have.
- Our professional advisors are rockstars and I rely on them for general studies questions and other intricacies.
- Our advising team in the department is AMAZING at helping and assisting faculty.
- Everyone works hard and cares about our students; it's a pleasure to work with them.
- Our professional advisors are fantastic in the school of Ed. Amber Paugh is incredibly knowledgeable and collaborative.
- Amber and Mark are amazing and are so wonderful at helping us answer advising questions of all sorts. They offer trainings to us on the tools to use.
- Amber Paugh is amazing and so supportive to faculty and students alike. Advising is my favorite part of my job because it results in real meaningful life changes for students and I learned to love it from Amber.
- I feel very fortunate to work with the professional advisors in the OSWSS. Those advisors are excellent at helping students work through course scheduling issues, etc. I can then focus my time on supporting students as they explore career options.
- OSWSS is a tremendous resource
- I very much appreciate working with the professional advisors in OSWSS.
Updates and Training Requests
Advisor or Coach Update Form
Supervisors use this form to inform Advising Systems of employee changes like onboarding new hires, offboarding staff who are leaving, or letting us know about someone on extended leave. After submitting this form supervisors are provided with an automated email detailing next steps.
Request SSC Navigate Training
Chairs and department leads use this form to request SSC Navigate training for their faculty or staff. We can do individual or group sessions either in person or virtually. Filling out this form starts a conversation about your training needs and schedule. Learn about our training process plan here.
Forms and Handouts
Advising Quick Guide
Forms and Handouts for Faculty and Staff
Training and Development
After an initial training period, advisors continue to receive training and have frequent opportunities to check in and learn from the advising community. Training is provided through:
Monthly All-Advisor Meetings
Advisors come together monthly to engage in professional development topics and trainings. Meetings are open to advisors and success coaches across colleges, schools, and student service departments. Examples of past trainings include:
- Transfer Topics
- Integrative Academic and Career Advising
- Exploration Days: Utilizing True Colors
Department or College Specific Trainings
At the request of a particular college, school, or department, members of the Advising Systems team may engage advisors in professional development topics and trainings. Examples of past trainings include:
- Appreciative Advising as an Approach
- Assessing Student Learning Outcomes Associated with Advising
Tool or Process Specific Trainings
Often, Advising Systems is asked to present to the advising community as a whole, or a particular college, school, or department, on advising tools and new processes. Examples of past trainings include:
- Faculty Facing: Using Navigate To Showcase Advising Interaction
- Reviewing Graduation Processes with the Office of the Registrar
MSU Denver recognizes quality academic advising as a complex and increasing contributor to student success. As such, the institution has established a promotional model for professional academic advisors to reward the increasing breadth and depth of understanding, knowledge, and skills required to successfully carry out the MSU Denver advising mission.
The advisor promotional process is detailed on the Advising Promotions Process Page.
Akin to advisor training, professional development opportunities are abundant at the institutional, local, regional, and national levels. Professional development may relate to the advising field directly, or may strengthen an advisors understanding of the information, relational, and conceptual components of their work through meaningful engagement with material in a related area (communication, strategy, psychology, counseling, career growth and professional goal setting, just to name a few!). The Advising Systems office works to promote and synthesize known opportunities – aligning them with the core pillars of the field and MSU Denver’s defined core competencies for advising.
MSU Denver strives to align its advising pillars with those of the global community for academic advising, NACADA.
NACADA is an association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students.
NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through numerous activities and publications.
The four “Pillar” documents of academic advising are:
- Concept of Academic Advising
- Core Values of Academic Advising
- Core Competencies of Academic Advising
- Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education: Standards and Guidelines for Academic Advising
NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. (2017). Retrieved from: https://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Pillars.aspx
MSU Denver’s thriving professional development community creates a wealth of campus opportunities for professional and faculty advisors alike. From theories that advisors must understand, and knowledge advisors must gain, to skills that enable them to convey their important message – the advising community at MSU Denver provides every opportunity to learn.
Advisors are encouraged to attend a variety of campus events, workshops, conferences and symposiums offered free or at low cost on the Auraria Campus. Past, and recurring events, include but are not limited to:
Off Campus Opportunities
Advisors may look to pursue professional development off campus, through course/certificate/degree completion or conference attendance, etc. Reasons to join an organization or take part in a course include:
- Meet other professionals in the field
- Opportunity to showcase your experience through peer to peer discussions or public speaking
- See what opportunities and challenges are in the field
- Access to experts in the field – speakers, other members, sponsors
- Discounts or free books, magazines, access to webinars, e-learning
- Free or almost free training – most of the organizations have meetings focused on educational content
- Resume building
- Opportunity to secure new references
While a list would never be comprehensive, the organizations, publications, and opportunities below could be great jumping off points:
Organizations and Publications
- Global Community for Advising (NACADA)
- American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
- National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
- Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- National Career Development Association (NCDA)
- National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA)
- The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Academic Impressions
- Inside Higher Ed
New members of the advising community at MSU Denver have access to a wealth of training opportunities and materials developed within Advising Systems. These opportunities and materials are available to professional staff advisors, faculty advisors, program coordinators, and more.
Online, In-Person, Shadowing, and More
Onboarding advisors across an institution as large as MSU Denver takes skill and coordination. That’s why MSU Denver has chosen to adopt a series of online training modules aimed at educating advisors on the basics, and exposing them to new ideas, concepts, and connections on campus. New advisors access the online training modules through the Advising Handbook linked from the Faculty and Staff Hub. The framework laid by the online training modules is then built upon by in-person training, shadowing, and opportunities to meet with departments across campus for an in-depth look at the student experience.
The Advising Coordinator for Training and Development works in partnership with the advising lead in each academic program area (or student support area, in some cases) to detail the level of engagement a new advisor needs to have with the online material as well as departmental visits.
Connect with Advising Systems To Get Started
Supervisors: If you are anticipating a new advising member within your area (or they’ve already started), please connect with the Advising Coordinator for Training and Development to map out potential training opportunities.
New Advisors: If you are a new advisor (professional advisor or faculty advisor) on campus and have not been connected with the Advising Coordinator for Training and Development through your supervisor, please reach out to get started.
Advising Coordinator for Training and Development
MSU Denver utilizes a number of advising technology tools, both advisor facing and student facing. Read on for additional information about each tool as well as how to secure access, receive training, and report issues. Training resources are available in the Advising Handbook linked above.
Note: Advising Systems is not responsible for providing access to any of the advising facing tools listed below. For access that requires a Banner component, be sure to submit an IT ticket. For access that requires Banner AND a secondary form, please ensure the form is submitted to the correct office. If an issue does arise with one of the tools, please submit an IT ticket – doing so ensures the information is routed correctly and addressed in a timely manner.
For access to our trainings, see Supervisor Materials.
Advisor Facing Technology
- Degree Progress Reports
- There are trained trainers in each academic department on campus available to provide one-on-one new user training for both CAPP and Degree Works. If those trainers are not available, contact the Advising Coordinator for Training & Development within the Advising Systems office.
- Degree Works access is automatic, as determined by HR records. For users whose HR records do not grant access by default, their supervisor can complete the manual permissions request here.
- Student Success Collaborative Navigate
- There are trained trainers in each academic department on campus available to provide one-on-one new user training for SSC Navigate. If those trainers are not available, or you are looking for group training for your department, use this form to request a trainer.
- Access is initiated by the Banner set up. If Banner access is up and running, and SSC Navigate is not, complete an IT ticket to request access.
- Banner training is covered within each department, though a general overview may be provided by the Advising Coordinator for Training & Development.
- Access to Banner is initiated by an individual’s supervisor through an IT ticket.
Student Facing Technology
- Degree Progress Reports
- Students access their degree progress report from the Student Hub, which utilizes a single sign on.
- Student Hub
- Student Hub is the interface for students for everything from email, to course registration, to Financial Aid information. Student Hub utilizes the MSU Denver single sign on, and students should become very familiar with this interface.
- Student Success Collaborative Navigate Mobile App
- SSC Navigate Mobile is a student facing mobile application that students can customize to send push notifications when campus dates and deadlines are approaching – keeping them aware of campus resources and events.