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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.

"The HeART of Advising: A Student-Centered Approach"


 2023 USC-System

Advisors' Educational Conference: 

Friday, February 17, 2023

8:00am - 3:00pm


Conference Booklet



"The HeART of Advising: A Student-Centered Approach"

What one word do you hope your students would use to describe you as their Academic Advisor? Supportive? Informed? Authentic? Trustworthy? Most likely the word you chose hits right at the “Heart” of how the role of an advisor impacts student success. As Advisors, we spend substantial time immersed in the science of advising and while the theory behind our advising practices and the assessment and data that determines its success is important, there is something else that is just as imperative. The HeART.

Where is the Heart and Art of Advising? One place it can be found is within the student-centered approach to academic advising. The Keynote Speaker for our conference this year and founder of the Appreciative Advising Approach to advising, Dr. Jenny Bloom, says, “High impact advisors realize that the positive outcomes of advising sessions are not just limited to students; in fact, the real joy of advising occurs when advisors understand how fulfilling it is to really impact other peoples’ lives and how much they can learn from their advisees.”

Previous Conference Themes and Materials

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

The 2022 UofSC System Advisors’ Educational Conference explored strategies that allow advisors to showcase how they are positively impacting advising at Carolina. 

View the 2022 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Every Student. Every Voice. One University. Fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Advising was the theme for the 2020 conference held on February 14, 2020. Sessions were aimed at how academic advisors can best support our students in inclusive and diverse environments. 

2020 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Building Bridges: Mind the Gap was the theme for the 2019 conference held on February 15, 2019. Sessions were aimed at equipping advisors to help students navigate potential gaps in knowledge and experiences across all campuses. 

2019 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Advising Hacks was the theme for the 2018 conference held on February 16, 2018. The  conference aimed at providing academic advisors with the most essential information related to their position. Attendees  chose two of five tracks. 

2018 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Transfer Transitions was the theme for the 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]

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]

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

2015 Conference Booklet [pdf]

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]

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