Student Success is at the core of VCU's new strategic plan - Quest 2025: Together We Transform. To ensure each VCU
student finds success on their individualized path, it is imperative that we establish a campus environment that eliminates artificial barriers to degree progression/graduation, nurtures student engagement both with faculty and our community, develops cultural competency in our graduates, and creates opportunities to experiment and develop tangible and intangible skills related to their future career goals.
Student Success Academic Advisor positions provide academic advising and first year success course instruction to students. Each advisor is assigned a caseload of students that they are required to meet with at least once per semester as well as a designated team within the unit based on experience and background. These four teams are:
Declared majors (freshmen)
Pre-health majors (freshmen-seniors)
Foundation/Pre-professional students (freshmen & sophomores)
Undeclared majors (freshmen-seniors)
Provide academic advising services to assigned students regarding departmental, collegiate, and University policies and procedures; programs of study; and the development of appropriate academic plans in a meeting with students on assigned caseload at least once a semester.
Introduce students to opportunities that will enrich their academic experience, facilitate their academic and personal development, and support their educational success.
Assist students in identifying their interests, abilities, and academic goals and in making decisions regarding their academic career.
Teach students how to manage the college experience, navigate the University, make informed decisions, and assume responsibility for their academic success.
Maintain accurate and confidential records of student information, including all advising interactions.
Monitor student progression in degree program to establish advising checkpoints and determine student's progress in completing degree requirements.
Use the Student Success Collaborative (SSC/Navigate) advising platform to establish targeted student populations on caseload for more intensive advising.
Identify and assist struggling or at-risk students including making appropriate referrals to other university resources and contacting continuing students who do not register for classes.
Write letters of recommendation and letters of support for student appeals.
Assist students in completing graduation applications.
Teach first-year student success courses.
Collaborate with university partners on matters that impact student recruitment, success, and retention and support departmental and university retention initiatives.
Participate in recruitment activities, programs, and initiative including providing advising information to prospective students and/or parents at various meetings such as New Student Orientation.
Participate in and provide feedback on training and professional development activities.
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