Academic and Career Advising
IU Bloomington is committed to ensuring that students thrive academically, graduate on time, and leave campus with the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to pursue their dreams.
Among the services and resources provided to support students in achieving their academic and career goals are academic advising, career counseling, faculty mentoring, career-related and career-planning courses, and experiential opportunities including internships, research, and overseas study.
Currently, IU Bloomington is engaged in a major planning initiative to integrate, coordinate, and strengthen these different aspects of academic and career advising.
In December 2013 Indiana University received a major grant from the Lilly Endowment to fund initiatives aimed at helping graduates find meaningful employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in Indiana.
This current phase of Lilly’s Initiative to Promote Opportunity through Educational Collaborations is the third round of funding from the Lilly Endowment to support efforts among Indiana institutions of higher education to increase employment opportunities for their graduates within the state. IU received Lilly funding through Round I (2003) and Round II (2008), and met with great success in its initiatives to enhance the entrepreneurship climate in Indiana through parterships with IU students and graduates.
Leadership IU is a joint initiative of faculty and administrative leaders, facilitated through Kelley Executive Partners, to consider critical campus priorities. The academic and career advising team, led by Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives M.A. Venkataramanan, met during the academic year 2012-13 and included representatives from the Division of Student Affairs, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, College of Arts and Sciences, Hudson and Holland Program, Kelley School of Business, Office of Enrollment Management, and University Graduate School.
The group met with IU Bloomington deans in February to begin considering means of implementing an integrated framework for academic and career advising. Elements of this framework include:
- Highly individualized academic advising and career counseling
- Resource networks (physical and virtual) for enhancing coordination among academic and career advisors
- Unified information systems for tracking academic progress
- Career-planning curricula
- Diverse partnerships with business, public, and nonprofit organizations to provide internship and career opportunities
- International study, service, and work opportunities
- Research opportunities for undergraduate students
- Student assessments at multiple touchpoints to facilitate individual career exploration
In light of the Leadership IU team's recommendations, Provost Lauren Robel announced in her 2013 State of the Campus Address that she will prioritize ensuring that each undergraduate student at IU Bloomington has access to at least one of the following experiential opportunities:
- International experience
- Undergraduate research
The campus is currently benchmarking availability and engagement data related to these experiential learning opporuntunities in order to develop a plan for realizing this goal for all students.
Education Advisory Board Student Success Collaborative
IU Bloomington is providing academic advisors with a powerful new set of tools through Education Advisory Board's Student Success Collaborative. This 11-university pilot project uses campus data going back ten years to enable advisors to help students navigate the complex terrain of academic offerings and make better, more informed choices that will lead to quicker success.
This tool will also permit academic leaders to identify where bottlenecks to student success are occurring and add capacity where needed. Coupled with the ongoing and excellent work of the FLAGS project, the Student Success Collaborative will help the campus move to a more integrated and holistic approach to academic advising.