#061- Exploring the Role of Advising in Student Success: An Interview with Dr. Lynn Zlotkowski

We had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Lynn Zlotkowski, Director of Academic Advising at Southern New Hampshire University to talk about the role of academic advising in college. Our conversation was wide-ranging and covered the shifting role of parents throughout their student’s academic career. Lynn brought her tremendous insight, energy, humor and fresh perspective to the discussion of how both the college and parents can best support student success.

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Dr. Lynn Zlotkowski, Director of Academic Advising at Southern new Hampshire University, has held several diverse roles in the fields of college athletics, academic success, and advising, so we were able to cover a number of topics with her.

Lynn helped us define and understand the roles of Academic Advising and Academic Success in helping students thrive in college.

We discussed the importance of FERPA and how it can help or hinder students, parents, and the college in helping students succeed.

Lynn gave some wonderful, specific suggestions about talking to your student about their life at college and asking the right, open-ended questions, as well as the tried-and-true 24 hour rule.

We discussed a book that has some ideas that are helpful for thinking about how we (both as parents and college personnel). Although it is primarily a business management book, some of the ideas are spot on.  If you’re interested in following up, check out Radical Candor by Kim Scott Making sure you’re working in the quadrant of Radical Candor- caring personally allows you to challenge directly.

Radical Candor | Our Simple Approach To Feedback

Lynn mentioned an important theory by Nancy Schlossberg – Marginality and Mattering: Key Issues in Building Community.  If you’re interested in digging deep, you can read more here.

Lynn also shared a book she’s currently reading – Relationship Rich Education by Peter Felton and Leo Lambert.

Lynn had so much good information to share that we ran out of time. Watch for a future episode (soon!) where we continue our conversation with Lynn and talk about students who find themselves in trouble, on probation, or in danger of being dismissed.

If you’d like to follow up on some of the topics in this episode, here are a few articles that can help.

Who Is Advising My College Student About Academic Issues

Communicating with Your College Student: Are You Listening?

Communicating with Your College Student: Six Principles to Help You Make the Most of Opportunities

What FERPA Means for You and Your College Student

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