Scaling Campus-Wide Advising Reform: Using an Online, Asynchronous, Video Based Course to Guide Campus Leadership in Launching Comprehensive Advising Redesign

Concurrent Session 10
OLC Award Winner

Brief Abstract

In April 2017, the Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC) at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) launched a self-paced, online course, A SMART Approach to Student Success: Strategic Management of Advising Reform and Technology (SMART), to provide guidance to executive and project level institution leaders on redesigning and improving the delivery of advising and student support services and incorporating the use of technology. The objective of developing the course was to expand understanding across the postsecondary sector of successful models for integrating advising, technology and student support services and to increase the number of public colleges and universities implementing this model on their campuses by providing accessible guidance based on the experiences of peer institutions.     


Dr. Karen Vignare is a strategic innovator who has been leveraging emerging technologies to improve access, success and flexibility within higher education for over 20 years. Dr. Karen Vignare currently serves as the Executive Director of the Personalized Learning Consortium at the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. The PLC’s mission is to support public universities as they rapidly infuse technology that supports improved student learning, retention and graduation. She has a Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Computer Technology and Education and a M.B.A from the William Simon Business School at University of Rochester.

Extended Abstract