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UCDAAC 2016: The International Academic Advising Model in Practice

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The International Academic Advising Model in Practice
for Undergraduates at UC Davis

Academic Challenges for
First-Year International Students

Who We Are

Brad Horton, International Academic Counselor
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Total: 7,168 International: 723

Mariella Guzman-Aguilar, International Academic Adviser
College of Biological Sciences
Total: 5,803 International: 240

Jordan Dade, International Academic Counselor
College of Engineering
Total: 3,630 International: 446

Alejandra Garibay, International Academic Counselor
Andy Prettol, International Academic Counselor
College of Letters and Science
Total: 13,352 International: 1,664
Top 5 Ways to Improve
International Academic Advising in Your Department
1. Find opportunities for collaboration across campus - look in obvious and unlikely places (Examples: Health Center, Housing, Food Services, Tutoring Services, etc.)

2. Address immediate issues while planning for long-term success with a holistic approach (Examples: Address subjects like homesickness and cultural adjustment)

3. Discuss the policies and procedures in your department and/or across campus that may disadvantage international students (Example: Graduation requirements)

4. Be involved with the greater campus advising efforts to be a voice for international students (Examples: Join committees and build network)

5. Identify the specific needs of the international students in your department, and find ways to address those needs with new and/or existing resources (Examples: Provide additional context for campus resources, consolidate scattered links into reference page, add closed captioning to videos)
Current UC Davis Efforts
Learning Objectives
Pressures from Home
Issues include: choosing a major, "academic advice" from parents, choice and autonomy, time to degree, feeling disconnected, time difference, funds to travel, academic calendar, single-entry visa
Financial Influence
Issues include: time to degree, campus jobs, student expectations, affluence
Culture Shock
Issues include: sense of community, food, access to familiar options, weight gain/loss, adjusting to a higher educational system, instructors and classmates from diverse backgrounds
Health and Wellness
Issues include: missing/not missing class, limited options, insurance, understanding terms, cost of care, adjustment away from familial support, cultural stigmas,
personal apprehension
Academic Expectations
Issues include: understanding a new grading system, curves, participation,
office hours, asking for help, being proactive, plagiarism, collaboration, time management, adjustment to the pace and rigor of a quarter system,
using resources, making good choices, course availability
1. Recognize academic challenges and specific needs of first-year international students

2. Identify opportunities for collaboration to increase persistence and retention

3. Improve student academic experiences by applying holistic advising practices/techniques
Q&A
Thanks!
Professional staff with advising experience, dedicated to their college's international student population
Focus is on cultural adaptation, academic success, and retention
International Academic Counselors/Advisers
Pre-Arrival Guide for International Students
Series of short videos and links to campus resources, including academic advising
Videos were grouped in a series of modules that were released throughout the summer in strategically timed intervals
1st Quarter Course Recommendation Tool
Students enter in their AP/IB/A-Level/placement exam scores for a personalized schedule for their first quarter
Students are able to enter their major or intended major, if they were planning to change it once they arrive on campus
Pre-Registration Webinars
Each college hosted webinars that introduced basic information about course and registration requirements
Students were invited to participate in a live chat to ask questions relative to the information covered in the webinar
Platform used: zoom.us, posted presentation to college websites for reference and accessibility to students unable to participate live
Counselors from Student Health and Counseling Services
SHCS has dedicated counselors in each of the colleges to meet with students in offices that they are comfortable in
Advisers, including International Academic Counselors, are able to make referrals with a personal connection
Students return to a familiar office for appointments
EDU 098:
American Culture &
the University Experience
2 unit course, Pass/No Pass Grading
Maximum 24 students per section
Topics include:
US Culture
Campus Resources
Time Management

Total of 8,540 Incoming Students Enrolled in Fall 2015, including:
937 International Freshmen
468 International Transfers
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