Developed in 2001, Advising 101 is the University’s mandatory training for all new academic advisors. The training is also popular with student affairs and admissions staff. The training was developed by the Office of Undergraduate Programs, in conjunction with the university’s Council on Undergraduate Education, the Council of Academic Advisors, the Vice Provost’s Academic Programs Council and the Provost’s Council of Deans.
Advising 101 is designed to provide education and training in the basics of academic advising, including relational and conceptual skill building, and knowledge about USC policies and procedures. The goal, of course, is to ensure effective and accurate delivery of service for all USC students. More than 800 staff-level academic/administrators, and faculty have completed Advising 101 since fall 2001.
Advising 101a is a three-day training offered once each semester. The sessions cover advising basics, advising theories and professional standards, serving special populations, students in crisis, the career center, record keeping, retention efforts, case studies, and advice from veteran advisors.
Advising 101b consists of a series of shorter sessions that are typically offered the week after 101a. The 101b training is coordinated by Academic Records & Registrar (AR&R). It includes sessions on Registration/One Stop Center, Academic Records, and Petitions, Academic Probation, Articulation/Transfer Credit, and Financial Aid.
We offer Advising 101 sessions once per semester. To receive credit for the program, staff must attend all three days. The next 101a sessions will be in late January 2018. In the interim, CAA members may access archived videos of most of the sessions recorded in Fall 2015.