All trainng and services provided by the Advisor Training Academy are informed by the following overall goals:
- To offer a high quality "Introduction to Academic Advising" training program that complements the department or school/college specific training for all advisors at Wayne State University
- To offer additional training on timely and relevant advising topics including WSU-specific training topics as well as new and advanced advising theories, practices, and techniques within the field
- To offer opportunities for growth in the professional and personal competencies essential to high quality academic advising
- To maintain a consistent means of communication for updating relevant advising information
- To offer opportunities for WSU advisors to network, mentor, connect with, and learn from other advisors at WSU
- To offer a means of advisor recognition through professional presentations, mentoring, and WSU Advisor Certification
In addition, the Introduction to Academic Advising curriculum and other trainings offered through the ATA are developed with specific learning outcomes in mind, but also in adherence with NACADA's Academic Advising Core Competencies Model which identifies and promotes the development of knowledge and skills in the following three areas:
- Conceptual – An understanding of both the student as well as the role and outcomes of academic advising, broadly and within the institution. Emphasis on student-development theories, advising approaches and strategies, and institutional mission.
- Informational – The institutional, programmatic, and technical knowledge that advisors must master in order to advise students. These fall into institutional policies and procedures, advising technology, federal laws, campus and community resources, and student demographics.
- Relational – The interpersonal and communication skills necessary to establish and maintain an effective advising relationship with students. Emphasis is on building rapport, effective listening, interviewing and problem solving skills, the ability to promote the logic and purpose of the curriculum, and an understanding of one's personal philosophy of advising.
Beyond the Introduction to Academic Advising curriculum, additional training workshops, webinars, lunch and learns and themed training series' are scheduled throughout the year based on advisor needs and interests. These are announced to advisors through the ATA listserve and Canvas site and can also be found on Additional Training as well as the ATA Training Calendar below.