Embedded Advisors

The first two embedded advisors at Prince George’s Community College were hired in spring, 2017 to work with the Allied Health students.  The College plans to implement three additional embedded advisors in other programs during summer, 2017.  The goal of embedded advisors is to effectively communicate to students the requirements to earn a certificate or degree in each program of study.  Embedded advisors require the support of faculty to clearly communicate requirements for the certificate and degree programs through more coherent program mapping.  By checking in with students periodically about their plan (one semester, one year and/or two years later) advisors can stay informed about each student’s progress on their pathways. The following are a few topics addressed in the embedded advising model:

  • Inform faculty and staff members of current information to assist with creating the best pathway to completion
  • Provide frequent and easily accessible opportunities for students to evaluate the progress made towards their program academic pathway of choice
  • Select what classes to take using mapping for full/part time students 
  • Select the order of classes
  • Select the scheduled time

Benefit for Students

  • Comprehensive academic advising
    • The embedded advisors are the first point of contact for admitted students who are interested in any Health Science major. Their understanding of the programs allows them to clearly, succinctly, and thoroughly inform students of course overviews, petitioning deadline, prerequisite courses, GPA minimums, clinicals, and the ATI TEAS exam.
  • Petitioning and Re-petitioning point of contact
    • They serve as the only non-faculty points of contact for students who desire to petition for any Health Science majors by vetting their eligibility.
  • Heightened responsiveness to inquiries about Health Science programs
    • They have created thorough sample emails that answer many of the initial inquires from students considering Health Science as a major. Many students have expressed their appreciation for their responsiveness compared to past years and especially when compared to neighboring schools.
  • Retaining students who fail out of Nursing program
    • Students who have a passion for health care but are unable to complete the Nursing program due to the “one-time only course repeat policy” are retained at the College by helping students explore the most suitable Allied Health major they should declare.
  • Academic review of general education/supporting coursework
    • Currently, the Nursing program’s NCLEX pass rate has been not as high as the Chair, Dean, and clinical facilities would desire because students still have additional general education classes to complete after finishing their final set of Nursing classes. As a result, graduation and, subsequently, eligibility to attempt the NCLEX are delayed. They have begun working with the interim Nursing co-chairs and students to create academic plans that let students complete their general education course work during the summer semester to allow for on-time graduation.
  • Transfer Opportunities Exploration

Benefits for Faculty and Staff

  • Walk-In and call shifts
    • The creation of shifts has allowed embedded advisors to be able to focus their attentions on meeting student and departmental needs. Currently, when one embedded advisor is seeing walk-in students, the other is answering emails, phone calls, and working on initiatives that address departmental needs.
  • Health Professions Open House
    • Conducted March 8, 2017 – they aided in the planning and execution of this event. They especially increased the PGCC student awareness of the event by liaising with MCS to have printed and digital posters around the campus.
  • Annual Health Information Open House & Networking Night
    • Conducted March 29, 2017. This was the third annual event. In the past  two years, attendance was approximately 7-10  individuals. This year, due to embedded advisors spearheading the marketing of this event through email blasts and working with MCS to have printed and digital posters, over 30 individuals were in attendance.
  • Program overview meetings
    • Embedded advisors met with the respective program directors and all full-time faculty members to understand where advising went awry in prior years, create plans to remedy such occurrences, and explore ways that embedded advisors can further heighten the functionality of their respective programs.
  • Triage concerns
    • Students who succinctly address needs
  • Batch registration
    • Conducted batch registration for Nursing and EMT students for the Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 semesters.
  • Marketing materials
    • Embedded advisors created one-page flyers for each of the certificate and degree programs offered in Allied Health and Nursing. These one-page documents have been used at Open House events and information sessions for prospective students. They are also in the process of creating a comprehensive Health Sciences major packet to keep pace with neighboring schools who already have these items.
  • Under-enrolled program initiatives
    • Through a variety of methods including academic advising meetings and collaboration with MCS, they are working with the program directors of programs whose enrollments must be increased.
  • Information session
    • They have attended and, if unable to attend, have provided information regarding all Health Sciences majors for high school students and PGCC special populations (such as Women of Wisdom). They also provide the documents needed for education fairs that are attended by faculty and liaise with potential employers who are interested in presenting to our students.

  There are five advisors who are functioning as embedded advisors.  They are assigned in these areas:

  • (2) Health Sciences (CHS bldg.)
  • Learning Foundations (MH bldg.)
  • Biology (CH bldg.)
  • Business (MH bldg.)

There are no data to report at this time, as this is a new initiative

ID 16636

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