Nomination Guidelines and Evaluative Criteria for the Advising Award

All advising award applications must contain the following criteria in addition to the respective nomination form and a letter of nomination.

1. Reflective Statement of Advising Philosophy: 

The degree to which the nominee’s statement attests to high standards of academic advising performance, concern for and availability to students, outstanding competence in managing the advising and learning process, and creativity in the advising process to advance student learning and retention. 

2. Measure of Advising Effectiveness:

Includes Student Response to Advising Effectiveness * (similar to the SRTE) and other evidence of advising effectiveness.  The degree to which the nominee clearly has demonstrated excellence in advising as indicated by evidence of student learning, student and peer evaluations, endorsements, and development  or use of advising materials. Student evaluations (SRAEs) are considered to be only one means of determining advising effectiveness.  Other evidence of student’s learning should be provided for review (peer evaluation of advising, student feedback obtained from advising interviews, letters from students, etc.).  Any new advising materials pertinent to the nomination may be attached as an addendum to the packet.

3. Service to Students and the Advising Profession:

The degree to which the nominee has an exemplary record of student service through such activities as student mentoring, accessibility to students, etc.  The degree to which the nominee has provided leadership in promoting outstanding advising at the college, departmental, university, regional, and national levels.  Consideration will be given to advising-related committee activity, publications, research and presentations at local, regional, national, and international levels. Include advising-related service in the nominee’s professional and/or discipline-based association.

4. Professional Development:

The degree to which the nominee’s professional competence in his or her disciplinary specialization is supported by continuing intellectual pursuits that promotes excellence in advising. This includes but is not limited to participation in advising workshops, conferences, Webinars, and Brown-Bag lunches offered locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

* The SRAE was developed by a committee of college advisers and faculty and reviewed by Penn State’s Division of Undergraduate studies. It is not an official Penn State Assessment document.