On May 19, 2017, the Michigan Academic Advising Association (MIACADA) held their annual statewide conference, “Building Capital: Investing in Our Students” at Lansing Community College.

On May 19, 2017, the Michigan Academic Advising Association (MIACADA) held their annual statewide conference, “Building Capital:  Investing in Our Students” at Lansing Community College.  Seven academic advisors from MSU presented at this conference. 

Dr. Darrell King and Sherry Henry
Eli Broad College of Business
“The Multicultural Business Success Academy”

This presentation highlighted a successful partnership between Multicultural Business Programs and Undergraduate Academic Services to address transitional issues for multicultural students.  The Multicultural Business Success Academy (MBSA) was created and designed to address some of the most difficult barriers to student success, academic and professional identity.

Nicolas Gisholt
College of Social Scienc
“Quality Education for Different Learning Styles and Different GPA’s:  A Student Perspective”

Even with the most current pedagogical methods and latest technology, academia is not meeting the needs of specific groups of students – the undecided, at-risk, first-generation, etc.  Internships, service learning, and practical experiences are as important as research and scientific knowledge.  With an interdisciplinary curriculum, and a special focus on hands-on experience, these marginalized groups will be better prepared for today’s job market, thus advancing society and a more equitable playing field for a high percentage of students, independent of the institution they attend.

Danielle Lopez and Kanchan Pavangadkar
College of Natural Science
“Designing and Implementing a Tutoring –Focused Peer Mentoring Program for Students in the “Murky Middle’”

On university campuses nationwide, a lot of resources are devoted to the freshmen experience to help students transition and increase student retention and graduation rates.  There are a lack of programs that continue that same level of support beyond the first year.  This led to the development of the “Neuroscience Mentor Program,” a tutoring-focused peer mentor program, geared towards helping students who are in the “murky middle” GPA range beyond their first year.

Stephanie Brewer and Megan Stevenson
Eli Broad College of Business
“Advising in Competitive Admit Programs:  Helping Students Better Navigate Alternative Paths”

Competitive admission programs are common across many higher education institutions.  This session provided a brief overview of the competitive admission process in the Eli Broad College of Business at MSU, including strategies used by the advising team to support students who have been denied or are exploring alternative paths to business.

MIACADA is an organization of professionals from colleges and universities concerned with the intellectual, personal and career or vocational advising needs of students within the state of Michigan.  MIACADA was founded to foster the personal and professional development of its members by promoting quality academic advising in the state.  It is a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas regarding academic advising and related areas of higher education.