San Francisco Advising Process Overview

Academic Advisors are all members of the Core Faculty. Students and/or Advisors can change their advising assignment upon request, and of course, students and faculty are welcome to seek mentorship relationships outside the official Academic Advising program.

Academic Advisors maintain a record of their advising sessions. To ensure that Advisors are best serving students’ needs as well as to continuously enhance the program, students will be asked to provide feedback on their advising experience at the end of the first semester.

Seattle Advising Process Overview

Leadership and Personal Development (LPD) faculty are paired with all new students at orientation and provide support and mentoring for the students over the two years of the MBA programs.  This approach provides continuity and has been ranked by graduates as some of the most impactful and sustaining learning of their MBA program.

The LPD faculty also provide four quarters of focused course work on personal development and the leadership required of changemakers for start-up businesses and for work in large and complex organizations.  Students provide feedback on the course design and the faculty engagement at the end of each term with specific check-ins during each face-to-face engagement.  Students also have available career counseling and connections with CAIRs (Change Agents in Residence).

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During the student’s first semester in the program, he or she is expected to meet with his or her Advisor at least three times and with a member of the Career Development and Student Affairs team at least once. After the first semester, Advisors provide support on an as needed basis. Advisors continue to track the student’s progress to his or her stated goals through graduation.

The foci of advising are:

  1. Academic Guidance — Advisors will examine the student’s educational objectives and help them to match these with choices regarding potential internships, fellowships, experiential learning projects, and electives.
  2. Accountability Navigation — Advisors will guide the student regarding the most effective channels for giving and receiving feedback toward maximizing the student’s learning and growth. This includes discussing the student’s assessment of his or her own participation and progress, and connecting the student with appropriate internal and external resources in support of his or her interests.
  3. Purpose Exploration — Advisors will serve as a sounding board for connecting the student’s purpose and mission to academic and career interests. Working closely with Career Development and Student Affairs and Alumni Affairs, the Advisor will connect the student with other current students and alumni who may share interests.
  4. Success Support — Advisors will assist students in addressing issues that may affect academic success (e.g., family, social, employment and physical or mental health challenges, and learning challenges). Working closely with Career Development and Student Affairs, Advisors will connect students to resources to assist with balancing career, family and student time management requirements of a hybrid program, commuting schedules, demands of team participation, and accommodations for any documented learning disabilities. When appropriate, Advisors will connect students to other support services through Career Development and Student Services in dealing with learning differences, writing coaches, and EAP needs or with SERC for academic performance issues.

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