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  • Virtual Advisors Conference Save the Date, February 12, 2020 from 8:30am to 12:30pm

UofSC-System Advisors' Conference

Every year the Office of the Provost hosts a system-wide conference focusing on academic advising best practices, student support, and innovative strategies. All professional staff academic advisors, faculty academic advisors, and student support advisors are invited to attend the conference.

 2021 UofSC-System

Advisors' Educational Conference: 

Friday, February 12, 2021

8:30am - 12:30pm

"Advising in an Upside-Down Year.'
All faculty and staff academic advisors are encouraged to attend the 8th Annual Virtual UofSC-System Advisors' Educational Conference on Friday, February 12, 2021 via Blackboard Collaborate. The theme this year is “Advising in an Upside-Down Year.” Attendees must register online
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: "Creating a Flipped Advising Approach"
                                              Dr. George SteeleHigher Education Consultant
 George Steele
2020 brought with it many unprecedented obstacles and challenges which has made the world seem a little upside-down. As advising professionals, a prominent challenge we face is how to provide quality advisement in a remote environment. If there was ever a time to contemplate alternative models for academic advising that take in some of the assumed realities higher education will confront post-pandemic, it is now.
The 2021 UofSC System Advisors’ Educational Conference will explore strategies that address how advisors, students, and services can adapt in an upside-down year. Faculty/professional staff advisors and campus partners are invited to submit 150 – 250 word abstracts for presentations that address how academic advisors, resource advisors, and academic program advisors can best support our students during this trying time.
Potential Topics Include:
  • Advising in Times of Disruption
  • Implications for Future Advising
  • Using Technology to Transform Advising for Student Success
  • How to Use Flipped Advising to Promote First-Year/Transfer/First-Gen./ student success
  • When Advisors Teach, What’s our Pedagogy?
  • Developing Student Responsibility in Advising
  • Supporting Students in a Remote/Virtual Environment
Please note, the deadline for submission is December 18, 2020.

Submit Proposal


Previous Conference Themes and Materials

For themes and materials from previous advisors conferences please see below.

Every Student. Every Voice. One University. Fostering Diversity, Requity and Inclusion in Advising was the theme for the 2020 conference held on February 14, 2020. Sessions were aimed at how academic advisors can best support our students in inclusive and diverse environments. 

2020 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Building Bridges: Mind the Gap was the theme for the 2019 conference held on February 15, 2019. Sessions were aimed at equipping advisors to help students navigate potential gaps in knowledge and experiences across all campuses. 

2019 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Advising Hacks was the theme for the 2018 conference held on February 16, 2018. The  conference aimed at providing academic advisors with the most essential information related to their position. Attendees  chose two of five tracks. 

2018 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Transfer Transitions was the theme for the 2017 conference held on February 10,2017. The conference focused on providing academic advisors with the knowledge and resources to assist transfer students toward a timely degree completion and included a keynote address by the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Sandra Kelly. 

2017 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Next Generation Advising was the theme for the 2016 conference held on February 19, 2016. The program focused on the students, technology and advising practice required to advise our ever-changing student population.

The program also included comments from our new provost, Dr. Joan Gabel, a keynote address, lunch and breakout sessions to maximize participation by advisors from all campuses.

2016 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Keynote Address: EAB Next Generation Advising by Matt Pellish [pdf]

The Complete Advisor: Putting the Pieces together was the theme for the 2015 conference held on February 13, 2015.

2015 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Appreciative Advising was the theme for the 2014 conference held on February 28, 2014 and included a keynote address:  by Dr. Jenny Bloom on The Appreciative Advising Revolution. 

Poster Session Materials [pdf]

Keynote and Breakout Session Materials [pdf]

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.