May 7, 2015

Steve Shapiro Wins Outstanding Advising Administrator Award

Professor of Physics Steve Shapiro, the academic advising director of the College, has received the Outstanding Advising Award – Academic Advising Administrator from NACADA.

NACADA, a global association for the development and dissemination of innovative theory, research and practice of academic advising in higher education, recognized four advising administrators with the award this year.

“It is not exaggerating to say that Steve single handedly moved our academic advising program forward with no concrete budget or staff to support these efforts,” Barb Boyette, assistant academic dean for academic support, wrote in Steve’s nomination for the award.

Steve has served as associate academic dean 2004-10 and director of academic advising since 2010. He also served as interim assistant dean for student academic affairs during spring 2013.

He designed and established a campus-wide mentoring program for students placed on academic probation. Since the mentoring program was established in 2005, two-thirds of student participants have avoided dismissal from Guilford.

He also proposed, developed and established the Student Success Program, in collaboration with the Admission and Campus Life offices, to promote the success of incoming students with weak academic histories. Following the first year of implementation, 2008-09, Guilford’s first to second year retention rate increased from 68 percent to 80 percent. The Student Success Program received the 2011 Outstanding Collaborative Initiative Award from the American College Personnel Association.

Other achievements include overseeing all academic services for students; preparing, guiding and evaluating about 120 faculty academic advisors; and initiating and implementing a campus early alert system for students having academic difficulty.

He proposed and received faculty approval for an academic advising evaluation to be distributed annually to all students. Information collected through this advising evaluation is considered in promotion and tenure decisions.