Trainings this week

Hello Advisors,

We have some more training opportunities this week:

Today, Tuesday, February 21st 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Title: Perspectives on the Future of Academic Advising (1 AEU)

Presenter: Wade Oliver, Director of the Office of University Advising

Description: Questions, visions, and predictions about the future of Academic Advising have increasingly surfaced in advising literature over the years as the function and role of advisors has been considered and debated nationally, and within individual institutions. This session will bring together several different views from the past few years regarding the future of academic advising as a profession, and the role and purpose of advising for students and institutions. The session will also include an overview of the current movement among higher education institutions to recognize the impactful role advisors can play to improve student academic planning and graduation through the use of data analytics and proactive outreach. Content for this session will be drawn from chapters published by NACADA as well as some recent articles and reports regarding the role and impact of advisors. All of this information will be provided to participants prior to the session.

Wednesday, February 22nd 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Title: Presentation Pitch Workshop (1 AEU)
Melanee Wilson, Advisor Training and Development Coordinator
This workshop will facilitate a conversation—so we would love to have many advisors come to share their experience and knowledge. We want advisors to bring ideas they have had for a presentation but have not had a chance to fully explore. Come discuss your idea and get feedback from your peers about the topic you are interested in—maybe you will even find someone that shares your passion that you can collaborate with! Depending on time we may also discuss common challenges in advising and tips for success and sometimes survival.

Thursday, February 23rd 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Title: Working with Veterans (1 AEU)
CW2 Sheldon Holgreen, Director of the Veteran Center and Veteran Certifying Official
: UVU is dedicated to serving Veteran students and helping them navigate some of the challenges they face in this new environment. This presentation will discuss some of the unique aspects to consider when working with Veterans and will help advisors better understand needs of Veteran students.

If you have any questions on this, please let me know.


Melanee Wilson

Advisor Training and Development Coordinator |  Utah Valley University

Losee Center, Suite 403 H  |  800 W University Pkwy, Orem, UT 84058

Office  801-863-7184  |  Email

The Graduation Application 1st Deadline for Spring 2017 Semester has passed. You can now run the Alpha-Major List in Crystal Reports to see which of your students applied for graduation. We are still approving our late graduate applicants.

Note: Students may still apply for Spring 2017 graduation through February 28, 2017 with a $25 late fee. View our web site for additional deadlines and information:


UVU Graduation Office


English Placement Expiration

The English Department Writing Program Administrators have agreed to extend the expiration date on ACT and Accuplacer testing to five years from the current three year expiration.

The Department of Literacies & Composition (formerly Basic Composition) currently accepts ACT or Accuplacer placement scores.  We also accept and interpret Compass Placement Test scores from out-of-area students.  Students who test into ENGH 050 should meet with an advisor in the Academic Counseling Center (ACC) for appropriate placement.  Most but not all of these students will be waived into ENGH 0890.  Students with scores very close to those required for ENGH 1000 should meet with an advisor in the ACC for more information about options for challenging their placement and/or receiving a waiver.  Based on departmental data collected over a period of three years, the department finds little evidence that students with expired placement scores are disadvantaged in Literacies & Composition courses.  If students you are working with have expired placement scores, please refer them to the the ACC.  Most of these students will be waived into the course into which they originally placed.  All waivers described above must be approved by the Literacies & Composition department chair.

I want to thank Deborah Marrott and Grant Moss for their effort is making these adjustments.

Tiffany M. Evans

Director of Program Completion

Utah Valley University Academic Affairs

Browning Adminstration 216

800 W. University Pkwy, MS 194

Orem, UT 84058-5999

0: 801-863-5453

C: 435-760-1110

State Authorization and SARA update

Dear Advisors,

I am very excited to announce that UVU is now an approved SARA institution. There are only three states left that have not joined the Reciprocity agreement yet. This means that UVU is authorized to offer online education in all states and a few territories with some restrictions on internships and practicums. The interactive map is completely updated now and ready for student/Advisor use.

Thank you so much for your diligence in showing students this map following my presentation at Advisors Forum last year.  You are key in getting this type of information to students.

Please continue to show this map to students, especially in those programs that include internships, practicums, clinicals or other field experiences that also lead to Professional Licensure. There may be a need to contact the licensing board of that state to receive full authorization for the internship, practicum, clinical or field experience.

My next focus will be to compile a list of UVU programs that lead to Professional Licensure with links to the licensing information for each of the respective academic departments.  A requirement of SARA compliance is to provide notifications about licensing requirements to students planning to complete a program leading to Professional Licensure in a state other than Utah.

Please contact me with any questions regarding State Authorization or Professional Licensure notification requirements.

Thank you!


Karen Merrick
Director, Teaching & Learning Support
Office of Teaching and Learning
Utah Valley University

Office: Library, LI 508
+1 (801) 863-7163

Information for Advisors – Summer Term Registration

Please send the attached document to advisors.  This is an email that was sent to students last week regarding Summer term registration.  Please notice the new start time for Priority Registration, it will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23.


LuAnn Smith

Registrar – Registration/Records

Utah Valley University

Continuting Student email Summer 2017


Spring Training

Hi Everyone,

We have had a few wonderful sessions of training and have several more this week:

Tuesday, February 7th 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Title: Establishing the Relationship: Counseling Skills for Advisors (1 AEU)
Candilyn Newell and Peter Sanders, Doctoral Psychology Interns at Psychological Services
Sometimes as advisors it is difficult to get conversation started or to know what types of questions to ask. Research done by UVU’s Institutional Research and Information team has found that UVU students want a relationship with their advisor. It is important for advisors to reach out, but many advisors feel that they do not have the background or training to ask more personal questions in appointments. This presentation will be taught by professional counselors and will help you to better understand your role and see the impact your questions and listening can have on a student. Candilyn has had experience working with advisors from other universities, so she has additional familiarity with some of the challenges that advisors face in this rewarding role.

Wednesday, February 8th 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Title: You Had Me at Hello: The Secret to Human Connection (1 AEU)

Presenter: Andrea Calaway, Administrative Assistant, Office of University Advising

Description: Truly connecting with others is SO IMPORTANT! In this session we will discuss the science behind human connection and the secret to how we can improve social connection in our own lives and the lives of those whose paths we cross. Come learn how to make better, more meaningful connections with people, both personally and professionally.

Thursday, February 9th 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Title: Academic Advising Approaches Cliff Notes (1 AEU)
Melanee Wilson, Advisor Training and Development Coordinator

Description: Many of us have the Academic Advising Approaches book from NACADA sitting on our shelves—we have all had good intentions to read it but life as an advisor is busy! This session will be a fast paced look at every chapter in the book. We will cover the basic themes and help to examine ways we may already be incorporating some of these approaches. From this you can decide which method may be one of your natural strengths and look at ways to improve your approach or look at incorporating a new way.

Also, we had to make a change for Perspectives on the Future Of Academic Advising. We are moving that presentation from March 1st to February 21st from 3:00 to 4:00. We hope you can still attend—it is available on the ACS system for sign up.

A copy of the updated schedule is attached to this email. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,


Melanee Wilson

Advisor Training and Development Coordinator |  Utah Valley University

Losee Center, Suite 403 H  |  800 W University Pkwy, Orem, UT 84058

Office  801-863-7184  |  Email

Spring 2017 Training Schedule

UAA Conference Proposal Deadline Extended!

In order to accommodate advisors that are just coming off a VERY BUSY time of year, the UAA conference proposal deadline has been extended by a few days!

Proposals are now due by Friday, February 3rd at 4pmSubmit your proposal now!

Thank you to those who have already submitted a proposal, we hope to see many of our UVU colleagues presenting at the UAA conference this year!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Wendy Farnsworth, who is serving as the UVU institutional representative on the UAA committee.