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.
Advisors' Educational Conference:
Friday, February 12, 2021
8:30am - 12:30pm
"Advising in an Upside-Down Year.'
All faculty and staff academic advisors are encouraged to attend the8th Annual Virtual UofSC-System Advisors' Educational ConferenceonFriday, February 12, 2021via Blackboard Collaborate. The theme this year is“Advising in an Upside-Down Year.” Attendees mustregister online.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: "Creating a Flipped Advising Approach"
2020 brought with it many unprecedented obstacles and challenges which has made the
world seem a little upside-down. As advising professionals, a prominent challenge
we face is how to provide quality advisement in a remote environment. If there was
ever a time to contemplate alternative models for academic advising that take in some
of the assumed realities higher education will confront post-pandemic, it is now.
The 2021 UofSC System Advisors’ Educational Conference will explore strategies that
address how advisors, students, and services can adapt in an upside-down year. Faculty/professional
staff advisors and campus partners are invited to submit 150 – 250 word abstracts
for presentations that address how academic advisors, resource advisors, and academic
program advisors can best support our students during this trying time.
Potential Topics Include:
Advising in Times of Disruption
Implications for Future Advising
Using Technology to Transform Advising for Student Success
How to Use Flipped Advising to Promote First-Year/Transfer/First-Gen./ student success
When Advisors Teach, What’s our Pedagogy?
Developing Student Responsibility in Advising
Supporting Students in a Remote/Virtual Environment
Please note, the deadline for submission isDecember 18, 2020.
For themes and materials from previous advisors conferences please see below.
Every Student. Every Voice. One University. Fostering Diversity, Requity 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
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.
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.
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.
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