The School of Arts and Humanities advising team was selected to present their proposal “Do Minors Matter: Analysis and perceptions of requiring a minor” at the NACADA Region 9 conference in Los Angeles on March 15th and 16th.
Led by Dr. Anna Laven and including advising staff Adriana Sixtos, Christina Chavez and Janine Cornelison, the team sought to better understand the positive and negative impacts of the minor requirement as the school began to consider making minors optional. The research project contributes to the literature by bringing to the forefront another facet of curricular life that can impact retention and graduation rates beyond that of major selection.
NACADA is a national professional organization for advisors, counselors, faculty and administrators that seeks to promote and support quality academic advising in institutions of higher education. Divided into ten regions, NACADA Region 9 includes California, Hawaii and Nevada, ranks among the higher levels of membership across the ten regions and includes both the California State University and University of California systems. The Region 9 Conference was hosted by Brandman University at the University of Southern California campus and featured Dr. Wes Habley as the keynote speaker.
We are happy to announce that Anna Laven, Ed.D., Advising Center Coordinator for our school, has been invited to serve on the Government Relations Board for the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the Government Relations Committee, Dr. Laven will work to educate, advocate, and take policy positions on issues that affect its members and impact business in the communities of Kern County. She will attend regular board meetings and focus on opportunities that may benefit our students.