HNU’s academic advising team, Laura Lyndon, Monica Garcia, Candy Janiam, Allison Torres
The term “wrap-around advising” is unique to Holy Names University (HNU) as is the student experience it cultivates. Undergraduate students have benefited from this holistic approach to advising since it was first introduced in 2012.
The term “wrap-around advising” was coined by Beth Martin, provost and vice president for academic affairs to describe HNU’s comprehensive approach to advising. Prompted by a need to better support students, Laura Lyndon, executive director of advising and learning resources developed a new advising framework that looked at the student’s whole academic experience, not just the progress they were making towards a degree. Lyndon used the Appreciative Advising model as a guide to inspire a more informal, collaborative, and personalized approach to advising, an approach that seeks to uncover each student's specific goals and needs.
First piloted with the nursing, business, and biology programs in the 2012-2013 academic year, the framework offered students access to a centralized academic advising team, outside of their specific program. This structure helped advisors act as a one-stop shop for students, easily connecting them to a dynamic campus-wide network of services and people. The pilot was hugely successful, and in the fall of 2013 all undergraduate students gained access to the new advising system.
Since its initiation, wrap-around advising has played an integral role in each student’s experience, from registration through graduation. Students are introduced to their advisor before they register for their first semester, and that connection is maintained through mandatory, and optional, advising sessions throughout each academic year. Advisors work closely with all departments to connect students to the resources they need. This inter-connected and collaborative approach helps students find the right fit.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) found that 80 percent of students in the United States change their major at least once before graduation. To support this uncertainty, formal graduation planning at HNU starts early -- sophomore year. If students decide to change their major or course-load, advisors help them understand the impact of that decision and plan accordingly. This foresight and planning is crucial to help students save money and graduate on time.
HNU's advising center is located at the heart of the University in Brennan, and students are encouraged to stop in anytime. In addition to academic planning, students may access a spectrum of support services including tutoring, workshops on time management and study skills, and programs for first generation students. Academic advising is truly the central hub of a student’s experience.
The academic advising team, which includes Monica Garcia, Candy Janiam, and Allison Torres, is excited to expand wrap-around advising services in the future by incorporating new technologies and specialized outreach, to provide students with the support they need to achieve their personal, professional, and academic goals.
Learn more about HNU’s academic advising services: www.hnu.edu/student-life/academic-resources/advising