Background

Advising and student support services are essential to students’ progress in college. Advising is often one of the only regular, structured, and focused touchpoints that institutions have with their students. When done well, advising has been proven to be one of the most significant determinants of students’ success. Strong advising environments can provide a safe space within higher education where students’ voices and motivations can be heard, personal stories can be shared, and campus climate issues can be unearthed, particularly for racially minoritized and poverty-affected students. Recently, the term holistic advising – looking at students through not only a purely academic lens, but rather as a whole person – has become a central design element in student support services.

Given institutions’ unique student populations, history, culture and context, advising looks different at each institution. The Advising Success Network believes that advising encompasses not only the advisor-advisee relationship, but also the advising office and reporting structure, advisor and student roles, faculty and staff pedagogies, and technologies.

The Advising Success Network also believes that all institutions should provide a more holistic student experience and address historical inequities for Black, Latino/a/x, Indigenous, Asian, and Pacific Islander students and poverty-affected students. Holistic advising redesign can help institutions identify, implement, and/or refine equitable, high-quality, and effective institutional practices.

Winners will be selected by a panel of student reviewers.

How to Apply 

This application requires sign-off by a campus senior leader such as a President, Provost, or Chancellor. This leader must be aware of the submission, and will be contacted in addition to the submitter if your campus is awarded. One application per institution will be accepted.

To help prepare a strong application, consider developing collaborative responses with a campus team that have engaged in advising redesign work related to student voice and racial and socioeconomic equity.

Estimated Completion time: 60 mins. Download a PDF copy of the application here to prepare responses.

 

Application Window: June 24-August 1, 2024
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Important Dates

Application Opens: June 24, 2024
Application Closes: August 1, 2024 at 11:59 PM PT
Award Notifications: Award recipients will be contacted by October 1, 2024

About the Awards

The Student Choice Awards for Holistic Advising recognize postsecondary institutions that have undergone holistic advising redesign efforts supported by cross-functional teams and centering student experiences to increase completion and success indicators for Black, Latino/a/x, Indigenous, Asian, and Pacific Islander students and poverty-affected students.

 

Student Choice Awards for Holistic Advising

Student reviewers will present these awards to institutions that demonstrate a commitment to the inclusion of student voices and perspectives.
Recipients will receive awards of $1,000 – $10,000, with the amounts determined by the student reviewers.

Recipients of the 2023 Student Choice Awards include:

  • College of Lake County
  • Muskingum University
  • Nashville State Community College
  • Purdue University—Main Campus
  • SUNY Schenectady County Community College
  • Truckee Meadows Community College

 

The prior student selection committee appreciated applicants’ demonstration of proactively seeking student input and leadership on student success initiatives.

To learn more about prior winners, access the ASN Holistic Advising Awards case study collection here.

Eligibility Requirements

  • This application is open to non-profit accredited institutions of higher education for which the primary students served are located in the United States of America.
  • This application requires sign-off by a campus senior leader such as a President, Provost, or Chancellor. This leader must be aware of the submission, and will be contacted in addition to the submitter if your campus is awarded.
  • Institutions are only permitted to submit one application and must fill out all parts of the application.
  • Eligible institutions must be willing to provide follow-up information regarding the application details if requested by student reviewers.