Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Improve student advising

Action Taken

  • Enhanced undergraduate advising programs, including a new sophomore advising initiative, an expanded advising partnership program, and a redesigned advising Web site
  • Improved sophomore publications and electronic advising bulletin
  • Repeated and expanded sophomore midyear orientation; piloted sophomore advising workshops throughout the year
  • Endowed the Fund for Innovation in Advising, created by a major anonymous gift to seed ongoing improvement in advising
  • Offered advising sessions in first-year student residence halls through a collaboration of undergraduate peer academic advisors and residential peer counselors
  • Restructured Orientation Program for fall of 2007 to improve faculty-student advising and provide a more effective introduction to the Brown community
  • Expanded advising sessions in residence halls to include concentration and internship selection
  • Conducted “best practices” survey on undergraduate advising with sponsorship from Teagle Foundation
  • Hired Deputy Dean of the College to help coordinate all advising functions in the DOC
  • Reorganized advisor assignment process to create continuity between 1st and 2nd year students
  • Increased number of faculty advisors for the incoming class to a participation level of 30 percent – highest in over 10 years
  • Launched new website for the Office of the Dean of the College to clarify policies and procedures and to make advising resources more readily available to students, faculty, and parents
  • Initiated the Committee on the Residential Experience to conduct review of programs in place for co-curricular education and development of community outside the classroom
  • Reviewed and implemented appropriate best practice recommendations from student survey results
  • Evaluated Orientation to identify further improvements to programming; developed plans for new sophomore “re-orientation,” identified improvements for transfer orientation, and added sessions on adapting to college learning
  • Conducted external review of Career Development Center to discover areas of potential improvement
  • Received and began to implement recommendations from the Task Force on Undergraduate Education about enhancement to advising programs at Brown
  • Received and began to implement recommendations from the Committee on the Residential Experience for changes in residential programming and staffing
  • Developed a program of peer and staff support specifically for students who are first in their family to attend college
  • Developed a new data system that facilitates matching of incoming first-year students with advisors in shared areas of interest
  • Developed a new online application that provides a single point of entry for students in need of funds to support research, internships and other projects

  • See Phase II for other recent actions that support this objective

Action Needed


  • Dean of the College
  • Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services

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