Advisory Committee on Undergraduate Degree Completion Systems and Advisement

 Reports to: Report jointly to Provost and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
 Charge: I. Promote actions that elevate practice for undergraduate degree completion
     A. Identify and build on current successes in undergraduate advisement.
     B. Evaluate the ETSU advising systems in terms of Next-Generation Advising (Advisory Board Company, 2012)
     C. Pursue appropriate strategies for "next generation advising" that emerged from an Education Advisory
         Board (EAB) study aimed at elevating practice for degree completion and career success,
     D. Coordinate and promote ETSU's securing maximum benefit from its participation as a member of
         the EAB Student Success Collaborative [administratively overseen by the Vice Provost for
         Undergraduate Education], including but not limited to the University's access to the web-based
         student graduation success monitoring system developed in collaboration with other founding
         member university participants in the Collaborative.
     E. Coordinate and promote the integration of systems and advisement initiatives the University is
         pursuing or may pursue to support the completion agenda—e.g.:
              1) Current Activities
                  a. Undergraduate Student Advisement
                  b. University Advisement Center
                  c. Academic Alert
                  d. Early Semester Progress Reports
                  e. End-of-Term Review (evaluating student progress)
                  f. Academic Advisement Council
                  g. Transfer Advisory Council
                  h. Tennessee Transfer Pathways
              2) New Initiatives
                  a. Degree Works
                  b. Degree Compass
                  c. EAB Collaborative
                  d. Reverse Transfer
                  e. Others to be identified

II. Promote actions that reduce obstacles to Undergraduate Degree Completion
      A. Respond to the immediate need to clarify program requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog and thereby
          assure compliance with SACS CS 3.5.3.
      B. Identify and address other systemic obstacles to graduation,
      C. which might include the following:
               1) Reviewing needlessly restrictive program requirements (e.g., requiring specific general education courses
                  for the major). Identify program requirements that academic units often waive or modify for individual
                  students, but that, on their face, appear to limit students' timely progress toward degrees.
               2) Improve availability of seats in "bottleneck" courses.
               3) Reduce the occurrence of problems that are discovered only after students apply to graduate.
               4) Proactively identify opportunities for enhancing communication, for identifying student perceptions
                   of obstacles, and for simplifying processes where possible.
               5) Propose a process for assessing the effectiveness of actions taken.

The Advisory Committee on Undergraduate Degree Completion Systems and Advisement will meet year-round on a regular basis between August 15 and May 15 with called meetings during summer... Deans will nominate faculty members to the Provost.
Reporting The Advisory Committee will provide two reports annually to the Academic Council—Fall, Spring. Reports will be due to the Provost on February 1 and June 1, with special reports provided as needed.
Status Membership Structure Name Length of
Voting Associate Dean
Arts and Sciences

Dr. Dan Brown

University Advisement

Ms. Teresa Williams

Professional Advisor
(one-year appointment--rotates by Co-Chairs)
Ms. Polly Crowder  2014
Arts and Sciences Dr. Ginni Blackhart
Business and Technology Dr. Phillip Miller
Management and Marketing
Clinical & Rehabilitative Health Sciences Dr. Debbie Dotson
Allied Health Sciences
Education Dr. Cecil Blankenship
Human Development & Learning
Nursing  Dr. Patsy Spratling 2014
Public Health Dr. Chris Pritchett
Health Sciences
Student Government Association (2) Ms. Molly Jones 2015
Ms. Jenika Headley-Greene 2015
Registrar's Office Ms. Billie Lancaster
Information Research Technician
Registrar's Office - Graduation Ms. Jessica Miller
Assistant Registrar
Registrar's Office - Veterans' Affairs Mr. Mark Tipton  Indefinite
Registrar's Office - Degree Works Evelyn Roach Indefinite
Admissions - Undergraduate Mr. Dustin Duncan Indefinite
Transfer Articulation Ms. April Rainbolt Indefinite
Continuing Studies & Academic Outreach Ms. Lisa Elliott, Advisor
ETSU at Kingsport
Adult, Commuter, and Transfer Services Dr. Carla Warner Indefinite
Vice Provost - Undergraduate Education  Dr. Bill Kirkwood Indefinite

Updated 5 January 2015

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