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College of Education’s Student Services Recognized

Posted on | June 9, 2011 | Comments Off

Mānoa College of Education’s Office of Student Academic Services was awarded the first ever Academic Advising Unit Award for Excellence and Innovation by the Mānoa Council of Academic Advising in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The new academic advising award will be awarded annually.

OSAS was selected by a committee of peers for its leadership and innovation in working with students. The criteria for this new award is based on National Academic Advising Association standards and is aligned with the university’s goals. Along with the recognition, OSAS received a $2,000 monetary award.

“OSAS is so pleased to receive this award,” says OSAS Director Melvin Spencer. “We have indeed transformed into an advising unit for the future and are leading the way for other student services offices across the UH system who seek our advice. We hope to invest the award money in technology to help us further improve our services.”

OSAS has implemented a number of innovative changes including the integration of technology, such as Skype and Facebook, to enhance advising services; the increase of non-traditional opportunities for student advising via evening, weekend, and “satellite” appointments; the implementation of the Student Information System online database that stores student information; the establishment of the OSAS Wiki site which provides online access to all advising materials; the initiation of an online COE application process; the active involvement of OSAS advisors with the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA); and the active participation of OSAS in the Mānoa Peer Advisor Program as well as other committees outside of the college.

Read the news release.

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