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Nancy (Braschayko) McNamara

Nancy (Braschayko) McNamara, a summa cum laude Laker Alumni from 2006 is attending the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

Office of Advising and Retention

Excellence in Academic Advising Award

The 2014-15 nomination period is closed.

  • Congratulations to all of our past recipients!

    To Be Announced 2014-15
    Dr. Joseph Susi 2013-14
    Dr. Mark Terwilliger 2012-13
    Prof. Herb Henderson 2011-12
    Dr. Ashley Moerke 2010-11
    Dr. Gary Johnson 2009-10



MAP-Works for faculty and staff

MAP-Works is an advising resource and communication tool for faculty and staff to:

  • Make the most of meetings with advisees, focusing on the issues that concern them the most.
  • Easily identify which students are at risk of leaving or being unsuccessful in any one area.
  • Identify who has been reaching out to students and offering support.
  • Proactively reach out to students and connect them with the academic department and university.
  • Guide conversations during advising appointments and streamline communications with students, colleagues, and support services.

In general, MAP-Works is designed to empower faculty and staff to foster student success and facilitate the student’s ability to make the most of their college experience. Faculty and staff may access MAP-Works at the following link:

MAP-Works® - Making Achievement Possible Works - Copyright 2012, EBI MAP-Works, LLC

Access will be updated each semester. If you experience any problems logging into MAP-Works, please contact Karen Johnston at or 635-2269.

MAP-Works for students

MAP-Works enhances a student's ability to be more successful in college. It provides strategies for success with customized, relevant information to help the student make the most of their college experience. Through the use of brief surveys, MAP-Works will provide the student with an extensive, personalized report about:

  • How to meet their expectations
  • What their student peers are thinking
  • How to be more successful in college
  • What campus resources are available to help them

Invitations and links to MAP-Works surveys are delivered to first-year and second year students through LSSU gmail.

Financial Aid Appeals

Financial aid regulations require that a student must make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) to remain eligible for financial aid. The minimum requirements for all types of financial aid include three standard measures-the cumulative GPA, the number of credits earned each semester, and the pace of degree completion.

A student who has had his/her financial aid suspended may file an appeal for the reinstatement of aid when extenuating circumstances exist. A student wanting to file an appeal for the reinstatement of financial aid will need to meet with his/her academic advisor for a degree audit and academic success plan (if applicable).

150% Rule Appeals - Requires a complete degree audit outlining all completed coursework, all future coursework (including semester of completion) and anticipated graduation date. The degree audit should be signed by the academic advisor, department chair or college dean.

GPA and Completion Rate Appeals - Requires both a completed degree audit outlining all completed and future coursework and anticipated graduation date and an academic success plan, if more than one semester of probation is suggested to allow the student to meet the SAP requirements given his/her individual circumstances. Both the degree audit and academic success plan should be signed by the academic advisor, department chair or college dean.

The student should complete the appeal form and review the checklist of required documents prior to meeting with his/her academic advisor.

Resources for Faculty and Advisors

  • Academic Advising Handbook for Academic Advisors

  • Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) Information

  • Academic Advising Today (a quarterly electronic publication by NACADA)

    CD Media Source
    Reaching and Retaining Students: Advising Students on Academic Probation. NACADA
    Vets in the Classroom. PaperClip Communications
    DIFS Makes the Difference in Student Motivation: Both Skill and Will are Needed for Student Success. NACADA


    Significant Conversations: The Art and Science of Communication in Transformational Advising. NACADA
    Ensuring Advisor Success: Mastering the Art of Advising through the First Year of Advising and Beyond. NACADA
    Advisors Help Students SOAR to Academic Success: Selection, Organization, Association and Regulation Learning Strategies are the Keys. NACADA

    Hardcopy Media Volumes Year
    The Journal of College Student Retention, Research, Theory & Practice. Volumes 10-12
    The Journal of National Academic Advising Association. Volumes 28-31 2008-2011
    Monographs from the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.   2007-2010
    Monographs from NACADA the Global Community for Academic Advising.   2003-2010

    *Please contact Karen Johnston, Jody Schopp, or Krystle Gerzetich to check out above resources.

Retention Statistics

(Data in the following reports was provided by Institutional Research)

Department Newsletters

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Peter Bonneau

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