Five Ways Technology Can Aid in Academic Advising
- Recent technological advances at UMBC now enable students and academic advisors to work with various forms of “real-time”, essential academic information through myUMBC. Indeed, collaborative preparation for the completion of all undergraduate requirements and strategic post graduate planning and has never been easier.
Degree Audit – Degree Audit provides students and academic advisors with an accurate,
up–to–date assessment of all critical graduation requirements associated with a student's academic record at UMBC.
- What–If Reports – At various times within a student's academic career, having the ability to confirm or further explore academic options may prove to be especially helpful. Empowering students with the ability engage in this exercise – “What–If Reports” within Degree Audit enable students to explore how their completed and planned coursework can be used towards a variety of UMBC majors and minors.
- Starting in orientation, academic advisors are encouraged to use electronic advising notes to document all critical course planning and referral recommendations which occur during an advising session. This practice of recording advising notes helps to foster accountability, accuracy, clarity and integrity within the academic advising process. As students may navigate from one academic major to another, advising notes and historical planning documents may become particularly helpful during transitions and for new academic planning purposes.
- Administrative Reports – Throughout the academic year, academic departments may need to account for the advising and registration status of students within their majors, minors and other programs. Such key information is now available for departmental staff to secure through the use of Administrative Reports.
- Academic advising can be guided and enhanced through the incorporation of career development concepts and principles. Just choosing courses and completing an academic major may not be enough to successfully launch a student's post graduation plan. In this regard, academic advisors (with the help of colleagues from Career Services and the Shriver Center) can help you to understand and plan for additional activities which can make a significant difference in the overall UMBC portfolio of experiences and achievements (within the classroom and beyond).
CareerPath – is both an academic and career planning tool developed at UMBC through the collaboration of Career Services, Alumni Affairs and the Office for Academic & Pre-Professional Advising. This tool enables students and advisors to actively explore the dynamic relationships which exist between academic majors and careers. Indeed, the interactive nature of CareerPath empowers users to understand and reflect upon the transferable nature of skills, knowledge and aptitudes which are fostered through UMBC majors and minors. UMBC alumni illuminate these points further through recorded interviews.