Jobs for the Future Taps ATD’s Expertise in Advising and Student Supports Redesign

Achieving the Dream’s growing reputation as a leader in the area of advising and student support redesign has opened a new chapter in ATD’s partnership with Jobs for the Future (JFF). Over the past two years, ATD has provided strategic coaching assistance to institutions in the iPASS initiative . Participating colleges are now using process mapping and design thinking tools and practices to advance their new advising and student support models. Many are also focusing on developing and implementing effective communication with students to better understand different aspects of the student experience. Based on our work, ATD has created a comprehensive set of tools, resources, workshops, and coaching model to support institutions in designing, implementing, and evaluating their advising and student support redesign.

Starting in summer 2017, ATD will begin offering strategic assistance on advising and student supports redesign to JFF’s 15 Student Success Centers (SSCs). These state-level centers are seeking to help participating colleges implement and align their student success strategies, particularly around student-centered pathways. They also offer information about and encourage the use of evidence-based practices and policies.

ATD will be providing the following resources and services:

  • Access for SSC Executive Directors and staff to key chapters of ATD’s Integrated Student Support Toolkit to support their efforts to introduce colleges to the importance of redesigning advising and student supports. The Toolkit provides guides, templates, tips and case studies that will help colleges understand what redesign entails, gauge their readiness to begin the redesign process, and utilize planning and implementation tools and activities.
  • Training sessions for SSC Executive Directors, which began at a JFF-sponsored guided pathways strategy meeting in May. Future opportunities include a customized track at ATD’s Integrated Advising and Student Supports Institute in October and leadership development sessions at JFF’s semi-annual state policy meetings, SSC Network meetings and others.
  • Virtual consultation sessions with Executive Directors to discuss how to make a successful case for changing colleges’ current advising and student supports processes and how to leverage ATD’s resources.
  • In-person convenings for five states to do deeper work with their colleges on redesigning their advising and student support services and intensive consultation services with six Student Success Centers.

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