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USC System Advisors Conference

Every year the Office of the Provost hosts a system-wide conference focusing on academic advising best practices, student support, and innovative strategies. All professional staff academic advisors, faculty academic advisors, and student support advisors are invited to attend the conference.

 2018 USC System Advisors Educational Conference Survey 

Thank you for attending the 2018 USC System Advisors Educational Conference. Please complete the conference survey to share your feedback on this year's conference, Advising Hack: Best Practices. 


5th Annual USC System Advisors Conference

Date: Friday, February 16, 2018

Time: Registration begins at 8:30am. The conference will end at 3:30pm.

Location: Ballroom, Russell House University Union, USC Columbia campus

Booklet: View the 2018 Conference Booklet

DetailsA "HACK" is defined as a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one's time and daily activies in a more efficient way. The modern Academic Advisor must know a wealth of information about their students, policies and procedures, the curriculum, and the University at large. The 2018 conference will feature “Advising Hacks: Best Practices” aimed at providing academic advisors with the most essential information related to their position. Attendees can choose two of five tracks:

  1. Advising Appointment & Strategies
  2. Advising Special Student Populations
  3. Advising Technologies & Resources
  4. Policies & Procedures
  5. Student Engagement & Campus Resources

Each session will include an “Advising Hack” containing 5 slides in 5 minutes. The conference will feature 40 advising hacks total. Conference participants will leave with an advising hack cheat-sheet enabling a quick reference.


Previous Conference Themes and Materials

For themes and materials from previous advisors conferences please see below.

4th Annual USC-System Advisors Conference:  Transfer Transitions

Transfer Transitions was the theme for hte 2017 conference held on February 10,2017. The conference focused on providing academic advisors with the knowledge and resources to assist transfer students toward a timely degree completion and included a keynote address by the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Sandra Kelly. 

2017 Conference Booklet [pdf]

3rd Annual USC-System Advisors Conference:  Next Generation Advising

Next Generation Advising was the theme for the 2016 conference held on February 19, 2016. The program focused on the students, technology and advising practice required to advise our ever-changing student population.

The program also included comments from our new provost, Dr. Joan Gabel, a keynote address, lunch and breakout sessions to maximize participation by advisors from all campuses.

2016 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Keynote Address: EAB Next Generation Advising by Matt Pellish [pdf]

2nd Annual USC-System Advisors Conference:  The Complete Advisor

The Complete Advisor: Putting the Pieces together was the theme for the 2015 conference held on February 13, 2015.

2015 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Inaugural USC-System Advisors Conference:  Appreciative Advising

Appreciative Advising was the theme for the 2014 conference held on February 28, 2014 and included a keynote address:  by Dr. Jenny Bloom on The Appreciative Advising Revolution. 

Poster Session Materials [pdf]

Keynote and Breakout Session Materials [pdf]