Academic Initiatives

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As a function of the Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, the Academic Initiative team’s responsibilities are:

  • To support programs, services, engagement opportunities for FAU students to actively contribute to student learning and success
  • To facilitate the integration of Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management partners and Academic Affairs in order to develop intentional and sustainable initiatives to support students.
  • Track student engagement, analyze outcomes, and assess effectiveness in order to make data- informed recommendations about all academic initiatives.
  • To hold all partners accountable to their “pre-determined standard of success and performance” (Florida Atlantic University Divisional Guiding Principles, July 2017).


Initiative Point of Contact
Residential Education Model  Catherine Kellman

The mission of the Advisor-in-Residence (AIR) program is to engage undergraduate students living in all residence halls on the quad and Parliament Hall and connect them with individualized appreciative advising. The Advisor-in-Residence works to impact students in their ability to be connected with resources, humanize the advising process, increase students’ ability and desire to continue living and learning at Florida Atlantic University.
The Advisor-in-Residence program is heavily guided by both the Appreciative Advising Model and the Residential Education Model (REM). These foci (engage, explore, develop, and strengthen) are enhanced through the phases of appreciative advising.
The Advisor-in-Residence academic initiative strives to increase the probability that students will learn and utilize self-advocacy skills. AIR will help retain residential students from their first to second year at Florida Atlantic University.
These core values guide the direction of the program and all persons involved in carrying out the mission.
- Communication — The Advisor-in-Residence consistently takes a strength-based approach in oral and written communication with undergraduate students.
- Empowerment — The Advisor-in-Residence is an academic initiative that firmly aims to provide students with the knowledge and support to confidently navigate campus academic, advising, and career resources.
- Partnership — The academic initiative recognizes the value of utilizing campus partners, including, but not limited to: residential education, academic and student affairs, and support services to develop meaningful and impactful engagement opportunities for students.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):
- FTIC students living in the quad WBAT identify the AIR as a resource
- FTIC students living in the quad WBAT use the AIR as a conduit to resources, such as Get Wise/UAS/CLASS/Career Center
- Resident Coordinators, Graduate Assistants, and Resident Assistants will understand the AIR to be an appropriate resource for their professional development, including: resource connections, campus navigation
Academic Learning Outcomes (ALOs):
N/A for the Advisor-in-Residence academic initiative at this point.
Operational Outcomes (OpOs):
- AIR will partner with Resident Coordinators and Graduate Assistants to monitor academic trends and early alert flags to better serve students.
- Increase in attendance of students from other residence halls, not including Glades Park Tower to Get Wise.

Get Wise  Angel Nevin
Residential Learning Communities  Dr. Carole Pfeffer-Lach
Florida Connect  Dr. Jennifer Bebergal
Career Living Community

The mission of the Career Living Community is to prepare residential undergraduate students to become career ready through experiential learning, workshops, events, and peer connections. Students that participate in the Career Living Community will gain valuable professional experience along with engaging in academic and social activities through an intentionally designed living and learning community.

This mission aligns with the university, Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, and Department of Housing and Residential Life missions of educating students and promoting student success inside and outside of the classroom. The Career Living Community’s work is also informed by the Residential Education Model (REM) which is a curriculum based model designed to deliver measurable learning outcomes. The four areas focus on engaging in the community, exploring self and ideas, developing cultural competence, and strengthening academic skills.

Vision: The Career Living Community is an academic initiative that actively works to help students establish academic and career goals, as well as discuss essential professional development and career preparation. The program aims to positively affect and increase post graduate success.

Values: These core values guide the direction of the program and all persons involved in carrying out the mission.

Teamwork – The Career Living Community prioritizes teamwork on various levels through the required academic course and their onsite internship to help students gain specialized and practical experience.

Professionalism – This initiative emphasizes the importance of professionalism both inside the classroom and the internship site to students as an ongoing portion of their soft skill development.

Exploration & Discovery – The Career Living Community is dedicated to creating specific and intentional experience opportunities to assist students in their career exploration.

Student Learning Outcomes:
After participating in the Career Living Community SWBAT:
- SWBAT identify the preparatory actions needed when applying for a job or internship - SWBAT display networking skills and gain confidence in speaking with employers - SWBAT demonstrate individual responsibility through managing their own schedules, balancing coursework, career readiness activities, and their internships - SWBAT develop appropriate workplace demeanor and mannerisms - SWBAT strengthen their skills in each one of the NACE Career Readiness Competencies

Career Coaches

The Residential Career Coaching program, FAU Career Center, Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Florida Atlantic University, will be recognized as a premiere peer ambassador program that utilizes resources that strategically align the career center student staff to positively impact students through education and awareness of career development resources.

  Mission: The Residential Career Coaches connect students to career services and serve as a first point of contact for primarily first-year residential students.

  Values: - Core Values - Agility - Professionalism - Veracity - Positive Collaboration - Innovation - Accountability

Residential Student Scholars

The mission of the Residential Student Scholar program is to actively engage undergraduate students residing in Glades Park Tower and connect them to academic support resources. By coordinating study groups and tutoring sessions in addition to assisting students with collaborative learning techniques the program connects students with academic resources to enrich their intellectual, social, and academic horizon.
The Residential Student Scholars serve as a touch point for these students to help them navigate the myriad of academic resources available to them, including Get Wise and the Center for Learning and Student Success. This mission aligns with the university, Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, and Department of Housing and Residential Education missions of educating students and promoting student success inside and outside of the classroom. The Residential Student Scholars work is also informed by the Residential Education Model (REM) which is a curriculum based model designed to deliver measurable learning outcomes. The four areas focus on engaging in the community, exploring self and ideas, developing cultural competence, and strengthening academic skills.
The Residential Student Scholars program aims to foster a residential community that prioritizes intellectual curiosity, scholarly goals, and academic success. The Residential Student Scholars intentional work strives to increase overall utilization of university academic services and resources in order to build on student development, retention, and graduation.
These core values guide the direction of the program and all persons involved in carrying out the mission.
- Academic Excellence — The program places student academic success at the forefront of all programmatic endeavors and is committed to fostering a residential community that upholds the importance of scholarship.
- Teamwork and Collaboration — The Residential Student Scholars academic initiative recognizes and welcomes cross campus curricular collaborations in order to provide undergraduate students with the resources they need to be successful.
- Leadership — Residential Student Scholars display leadership skills through their service to their fellow FAU students, as well as empowering students to take pride and ownership of their academic journey.
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Second Year Experience  Ashley Williams
First Year Experience

The First Year Experience (FYE) Program is an exciting interdisciplinary initiative designed to provide first year students with the resources and support to facilitate a successful transition to Florida Atlantic University. FYE serves as a roadmap of key experiences which will build academic, social, career, and self-advocacy skills as well as a sense of community. The goal of FYE is to provide opportunities for students to get involved in and out of the classroom so they can DISCOVER their passions, DREAM about their futures, and DESIGN and DELIVER on a plan to soar in all their endeavors.

Leadership Studies Minor

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Program Overview
The Leadership Studies Minor enables students to complement their major with a focus in leadership obtained from foundational courses from the Higher Education Leadership program and interdisciplinary courses from across FAU. This minor has been built with a ladder in mind for more leadership offerings for the FAU student. The Minor (16 credits) is to be offered through the Higher Education Leadership program and Weppner Center for LEAD and Service-Learning (Lead and Serve) department within Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.
Florida Atlantic University’s Leadership Studies Program provides will provide students with an enriching academic experience that connects leadership with real world experiences. This program provides students with knowledge, resources, and skill sets to be effective leaders in the community at large.
A transformational leadership studies program every Florida Atlantic University student would like to pursue realizing its compliments to their future goals, no matter their area of study. A program that is recruiting students to come to FAU.
Inclusivity, communication, leadership, strengths, action.
- To add to the undergraduate offerings in leadership development in order to enable students to declare a focus in this interdisciplinary area.
- Augment the education of undergraduate students at Florida Atlantic University. The leadership studies minor will help accomplish this goal by incorporating inquiry based and experiential based instructional strategies that promote the success of its students, not only during their experience at FAU, but throughout life.
- Incorporate a cross-collaboration, interdisciplinary model for Academic and Student Affairs & Enrollment Management partnership. Specifically, Leadership Education and Development (Student Affairs & Enrollment Management), College of Education-Higher Education Leadership, College of Business, College of Engineering and Undergraduate Studies partnerships to ensure that the program is relevant to students from differing backgrounds, values, cultures, ethnicity, perspectives and experiences.
- Become a vehicle for students to incorporate a leadership and citizenship component into their academic program as they prepare for the workplace and meaningful community involvement.
- Expose undergraduates to diverse career opportunities and provide meaningful opportunities for learning about leaders through experiential instructional strategies such as capstone projects and field-based experiences.
- Provide a forum for helping existing student leaders enhance their knowledge and skills gained from their leadership experiences while earning credit toward the minor and their overall degree program.
Learning Outcomes:
College of Education - Faculty Coordinator, Leadership Studies Program will assess student learning outcomes for the Minor.

Students will have the opportunity to expand their educational experience and develop as leaders. Students will learn the foundational knowledge.

Academic Service Learning

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In working to inspire students to become change agents, the Academic Service-Learning program at Florida Atlantic University facilitates student learning through meaningful and enriching service experiences to bridge classroom learning and community-based learning.
All FAU students graduating having taken one academic service-learning course and possessing the skills, knowledge, and character to be both locally and globally aware citizens.
Mutual Partnerships, Collective Impact, Student and Community Development, Leadership.
- To enhance student learning by bridging classroom instruction and community-based learning in an effort to address issues of community concern.
- To assist faculty in their roles as educators by offering resources and knowledge to help enhance the in-classroom and out-of-classroom experience for students.
- To assist the university in achieving its Mission and Vision of being actively engaged with the community and for its contributions to creativity and research, specifically Carnegie Classification in 2020.

Faculty Owl Leaders

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The Faculty Owl Leader Program will engage and involve faculty members in the development of students as exemplary leaders within and beyond the campus community.
A leadership program enabling faculty to inspire students to get involved as leaders outside of the classroom and across the Florida Atlantic University community.
Community, Influence, Learning, Inspiration
Faculty Owl Leaders are selected through an application process every March/April for the upcoming academic year.
Strength Identification, Relationship Building, Facilitation, Leadership, Affinity to University
Faculty Owl Leaders will receive a $1,000 honorarium for participation in the program. Faculty Owl Leaders serve a one-year term (August 2017 – May 2018). Honorarium to be paid out at the end of the term.

Urban Male Initiative

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The Urban Male Initiative started its initial programming development efforts in the fall of 2012. The Interim Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management saw a need for programming, which focused on the development and retention of minority men therefore, in the spring of 2014 he re-introduced the initiation of these efforts. As a result, in the summer of 2014, three planning meetings were held with faculty, staff, and students to determine the direction and needs for this program on our campus. In the fall of 2014, we launched our first retreat with about 10 men in attendance and we are growing into a comprehensive academic and retention program.
The mission of the Urban Male Initiative at Florida Atlantic University is to develop and motivate urban male students, to successfully identify and utilize pathways to a timely graduation and job placement. This will be accomplished through interactive, inclusive programming focused on mentorship, peer accountability, academic and social-based events; all while developing a strong sense of purpose, self-identity, and community.
The Urban Male Initiative will create a community of urban male students who are academically driven, self and socially aware, and motivated to make a difference within themselves, as well as their campus and global communities.
Program Objectives:
- Foster a sense of community on the FAU campus
- Establish positive mentoring and peer advising relationships
- Assist students in identifying resources on and off campus for both academic and social success
- Help students develop a plan for academic and career achievement
- Assist students in focusing on and sharpening academic skills
“Empowering, Redefining, and Becoming Men of Content and Character”