Mason Advisor Certificate (MAC) Program

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MAC Registration

To register for a MAC session, visit the program page on HR’s website: http://hr.gmu.edu/learning/mac.php.

Participants can select the modules they wish to attend and register through the myMasonHR site, by logging in with their regular Mason username and password. Participants will receive a MAC binder, that contains a welcome letter and “Passbook,” when attending their first session. The Passbook tracks completion of the six modules and three elective trainings. Completed Passbooks may be submitted to Smriti Kansal, at MS 1G5.

Spring 2017 Modules 

Mason Advisor Certificate Program: Advising 101: Academic Advising Foundations

  • Thursday, February 23, 2:00-4:00pm
  • JC Room A

In this session advisors will learn about the role of advising in student learning, success and retention, the different approaches to academic advising, the importance of communicating advisor/advisee roles and expectations to students, and the value in and tools for developing an individual advising philosophy.

Mason Advisor Certificate Program: Advising 102: Academics and Undergraduate Policy

  • Thursday, March 2, 2:00-4:00pm
  • SUB I, 3A

In this session advisors will gain an understanding of Mason specific academic requirements, policies and procedures. This includes university general education, degree components, transfer student considerations, and FERPA and ethical issues.

Mason Advisor Certificate Program: Advising 103: Advising Tools and Resources

  • Thursday, March 16, 2:00-4:00pm
  • Merten 1203

In this session advisors will discuss the common resources and tools used in advising practice at Mason. This includes note taking strategies, campus referrals, co and extra-curricular opportunities, systems such as Patriot Web, Degree Works, Banner, Discoverer, and the University Catalog.

 

Mason Advisor Certificate Program: Advising 104: Building Rapport with Students

  • Friday, April 7, 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Merten 1202

In this session advisors will understand and practice the communication skills necessary to become a successful advisor. Topics discussed will include questioning and listening skills, body language, difficult conversations and student decision-making skills.

Mason Advisor Certificate Program: Advising 105: Working with Special Populations

  • Friday, April 21, 10:00am-12:00pm
  • JC Room F

In this panel-format session advisors will learn the consideration and skills necessary to work with special populations. The panel will consist of representatives from multiple on campus unites, such as International Programs and Services, Military Services, Student Conduct, Student Athletes, and Disability Services.

Mason Advisor Certificate Program: Advising 106: Transfer Admissions Policies and Procedures

  • Thursday, May 4, 2:00-4:00pm
  • JC Room B

In this session advisors will develop a thorough understanding of the policies and procedures that guide transfer student admission, including the Guaranteed Admission Agreement, the transfer credit evaluation process, common issues with transfer admissions, and more.

3 Elective Trainings/Workshops
Participants select three additional trainings to attend from among the multiple offerings at Mason and within the advising profession (NACADA conferences, for example). For additional information about electives, please see the MAC Elective Options and Instructions document. Please contact Erin McSherry if you would like other courses to be considered for this requirement)

To complete the MAC you need to attend all of the above modules as well as three additional elective training sessions.

Questions? Contact MAC co-chair Smriti Kansal (skansal@gmu.edu) or Erin McSherry (emcsherr@gmu.edu).

About the MAC Program

In Fall 2013, the Mason Advisor Certificate (MAC) program became available to the campus community. This six-module training series is designed for new and existing advisors alike and provides a cohesive curriculum centered around topics related to advising approaches, Mason policies and procedures, advising tools, university resources, developing your advising philosophy, and much more!

Committee Members: Wayne Adams, Heather D Anderson, Elizabeth Bartles; Carrie D Grabo; Matthew Robert Green; Rick Holt; Cheryl A Howe; Michael E Hurley; Jason King; Kalinowski Ohrt, Assad Khan, Erin McSherry, Jonathan A May, Hermione Pickett, Terri Vanderberg; Sara Montiel; Lori Yi. Co Chairs: Smriti Kansal & Erin McSherry.

To complete the MAC you need to attend all of the above modules as well as three additional elective training sessions.

Questions? Contact MAC co-chair Smriti Kansal (skansal@gmu.edu) or Erin McSherry (emcsherr@gmu.edu)