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Transforming to Serve Today’s Students

Interactive professional learning series to enrich holistic student supports in advising.

Join the 2023–24 series! Application deadline: August 11, 2023

Today’s students need colleges to understand their needs and meet them where they are. To support learners through the diverse challenges they face, colleges must transform structures, policies, and practices to ensure all students succeed in higher education and beyond.

The Transforming to Serve Today’s Students program is a collection of interactive virtual seminars that teach advising professionals and college teams essential techniques to support their students in achieving success with college and career readiness.

Developed by experienced holistic supports professionals, this eight-part virtual learning series introduces equity-informed strategies to help college teams rethink their student support model. Participating colleges are paired with an ATD coach to support their work to adopt equity-minded, practice-informed methods that enrich their students’ college journeys.

Applications are now open for the 2023–24 series.

Instructions: Download and fill out the ATD Transforming to Serve Today’s Students 2023-2024 application. Send completed application materials, including the letter of support from your president or CAO, to [email protected].

Deadline: August 11, 2023

About the Program

Designed to give teams opportunities to connect and learn from each other, Transforming to Serve Today’s Students highlights evidence-based methods, essential communication skills, and curated activities that support your advising practice. Participants will leave the series with a focused implementation plan to complement their approach in advising.

Who should apply:

This series is designed for advising professionals, advising teams, and anyone who has face-to-face interactions with students.

Cohort Term:

Late September 2023 to late April 2024 and eight sessions with your dedicated ATD coach


Email us at [email protected] for pricing details.

This series explores themes related to:

  • Serving students holistically
  • Using equity-minded practices for student success
  • Examining college structures, processes, and attitudes
  • Engaging campus-wide stakeholders
  • Understanding the student experience
  • Implementing, assessing, and evaluating best practices
  • Integrating career advising

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Advisors are key stakeholders in the retention of students on campuses. An asset-based, holistic approach to advising supports students both in and out of the classroom and helps colleges embed an equitable approach into their student success work. This program will help your advisors leverage evidence-based strategies to support students holistically.

This program seeks to advance broad institutional change by helping advisors adopt and implement a holistically supportive advising practice for their students. To this end, the program is designed to support collaborative team efforts. Colleges can include up to 20 participants on their team.

This series is designed for advising professionals and team members representing diverse campus perspectives, such as faculty leaders, student affairs educators, and professional development leaders. We also encourage other staff that regularly meet with and guide students to attend.

Beginning late September 2023, this program will include eight virtual meetings (two hours each) involving actionable steps to implement on your campus. Participants also have access to eight one-hour implementation sessions with a dedicated holistic student supports coach. Team leaders who ensure participants are aware of this active commitment to learning and contributing to the planning process will find it easier to reach team goals.

In addition to taking part in all program activities, team leaders should be prepared to coordinate their team’s work, invite campus teams to scheduled sessions and ensure they are registered, schedule and facilitate team meetings (virtual or face to face), coordinate with holistic student supports coaches, and ensure campus leadership is aware of the team’s progress. The team leader should have a role in the campus’ professional learning efforts.

Team members will have the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge that advance their advising practice, including evidence-based, holistic advising practices for more equitable communications with students. They will have the opportunity to collaborate with other practitioners in a structured virtual setting and help advance vital change in the structure and culture of their campus.

Participants will leave the series with a portfolio of resources and action items to inform team meetings and the college’s transformation process. These resources are designed to support ongoing conversations on your campus about equitable communication, strategies to build a collaborative advising model, and the development of metrics to assess advising models.

Yes, for pricing details, please email the holistic student supports team at [email protected].

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