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Master Advisor Certificate Program

Master Advisor Certificate (MAC) Program

Master Advisor Certificate Program will resume in spring 2017. 

The Academic Advising and Retention Center (AARC) offers a Master Advisor Certificate Program for faculty and staff during the spring semester.  The program focuses on the essential role advisors play in promoting student success by fostering an understanding of different academic advising aspects.

The program provides knowledge and tangible skills associated with understanding college student development, advising principles and practices, and the relationship between advising and student success.  Each session is designed to help participants increase their knowledge and skills in order to improve the advisor/advisee relationship.

Topics Covered in the MAC Program:

  1. WKU policies and procedures which affect advising, including FERPA
  2. Using different advising models, including “Advising as Teaching”
  3. The purpose of general education in higher education and the Colonnade Program
  4. State initiatives associated with academic advising
  5. Ability to refer students to appropriate academic support services

Participants must make a commitment to attend all five sessions and complete a cumulative project in order to receive the certificate of completion. The MAC Class of 2017 is limited to 25 participants. If you want to participate in the program please complete the application by February 9, 2017.

Dates of Master Advising Certificate Program (sessions are from 2:15pm to 4:30pm in DSU 2141)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • Advising as Teaching: What Do We Teach?
  • Academic Advising Defined
  • Advising Models

Thursday, March 2, 2017

  • General Education and the Colonnade Program
  • Utilizing iCAP

Thursday, March 23, 2017

  • Advising Tools: TopNet, Advising Forms, FERPA, etc.
  • Advising Resources: WKU and National

Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • State Initiatives: Fifteen to Finish or Finish in Four
  • Information on Participant Requested Topics

Thursday, April 27, 2017

  • Project Presentations

Faculty and staff who complete the MAC program will receive a Master Advising Certificate at the end of the program.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Markin, Associate Director, Academic Advising and Retention Center. 

History of the MAC


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 Last Modified 1/14/17