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In-Person Trainings & Events

Throughout the year, the University Advising Center hosts in-person training events, workshops and webinars. These events aim to explore advising best practices among the professional staff and faculty academic advisor community on the USC-Columbia campus. 

Training and Events Calendar


Looking to register for the 2018 USC System Advisors Conference?

Visit the conference page for details on this years conference- Advising Hacks: Best Practices. 


Click on the title of each event to see a description or to register. Events approved for Level 2 certification are denoted by an asterisk (*)

November 2017

*NOV. 15: Building Advisor Competency: Developing a Profession of Advising through Training, Development, and Scholarship (NACADA Webinar)

In this webinar, sponsored by the NACADA Advisor Training and Development Commission, commission members will build on that foundation and address concepts surrounding the development paths of academic advisors and the advancement of academic advising as a profession. Presenters will discuss what it means to be “a professional” in the academic advising field, including the characteristics and behaviors of an advising professional, and how progressive training and development of advisors (new, mid-level, advanced) and the scholarship of advising (i.e., service, presenting, teaching, publishing, research) contribute to this understanding. They will provide suggestions for how advisors can assess their current professional path and create a development path based on the recently developed NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model. Existing NACADA resources designed to facilitate and improve training, development, and scholarship of academic advisors will be discussed. Register Now!

*NOV. 20: Addressing Advisee Concerns and Difficult Situations

Academic advisors may be the first person to recognize a student experiencing difficulty. Whether they come to you seeking help or you identify signs that they may need help, it is important that you support and connect students with needed resources. This session will provide an understanding of common student concerns including everyday stressors and mental health issues, and will empower advisors to be part of the solution for student concerns. In addition, the session will cover signs of what to look for, helping skills, and resources and will include opportunities to practice skills most likely to be utilized during an advising session. Register Now!


December 2017

*DEC. 13: Building Advisor Competency: Introduction to NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model (NACADA Webinar)

In the summer of 2015, NACADA Professional Development Committee (PDC) Incoming Chair Teri Farr was tasked with leading the PDC team with looking forward into the future of the academic advising profession to identify what competencies academic advisors will need to have, how these competencies could best be articulated by the association, and how they can be used by the association to provide professional development opportunities for NACADA’s membership. Over the next 18 months, the team conducted a review of the available advising literature, spoke with subject matter experts, consulted with a wide array of NACADA constituencies, and crafted the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model.

In this NACADA Advisor Training and Development Commission-sponsored webinar, Teri Farr is joined by PDC members to discuss the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies Model. They will share some of their experiences with the model’s development process, the thoughts underlying its framework and core competency areas, and the ongoing project of resource identification and development. Register Now!

*DEC 15: Advising Students with Disabilities

All academic advisors are invited to participate in a comprehensive training covering essential information for advising students with disabilities. Content will include information from the Rehabilitation Counseling program, legal implications, how the Student Disability Resource Center determines accommodations, and implications for advising such as reduced course load, impact on scholarships, etc. Register Now!


View a list of previously offered advisor trainings

Spring 2017

February 10, 2017: USC-System Advisors Conference*

March 29, 2017: Creating an Effective Faculty Advising Program-Part 1*

March 30, 2017: Pathfinder New User Training

April 5, 2017: Creating an Effective Faculty Advising Program-Part 2*

April 17, 2017: *Changes for Fall 2017: New Transfer Credit Display, Hardship Withdrawal Policy, and Undergraduate Studies Advising [pdf]

April 26, 2017: Top 5 Tips for Implementing Pathfinder and DegreeWorks in Your College*

April 27, 2017: Pathfinder New User Training

April 28, 2017: An Advisor's Orientation to Study Abroad (offered by Study Abroad Office)*

May 1, 2017: Transparency through Technology: Uniting DegreeWorks, Major Maps, and Advising for a Student-Centered Approach*

May 3, 2017: Pathfinder New User Training

May 12, 2017: CLEP Workshop*

May 15, 2017:  *Changes for Fall 2017: New Transfer Credit Display, Hardship Withdrawal Policy, and Undergraduate Studies Advising [pdf]

May 22, 2017: Foreign Language and Math Placement Tests: An Overview

Summer 2017

June 15, 2017: Pathfinder New User Training

June 16, 2017: Appreciative Advising Workshop*

June 19, 2017: The LIFE Scholarship- An Overview and Considerations for Advisement*

July 7, 2017: Pathfinder New User Training Webinar

July 17, 2017: Guiding Students through the Major Change Process*

July 18, 2017: Pathfinder New User Training

Fall 2017

August 18, 2017: Pathfinder New User Trainings

August 23, 3017: Pathfinder Refresher Session

September 8, 2017: The Evolution of and Best Practices for Advising at USC: A Panel Discussion

Sept. 12, 2017: Pathfinder Refresher Session

Sept. 22, 2017: Pathfinder New User Training

October 8, 2017: Daily Lean for Academic Advisors

November 10, 2017: Building Reports in EAB Pathfinder