Sharing Session on Academic Advising Issues


Sharing Session on Current Issues in Academic Advising@ HKU:
How do you determine academic risks?
May 29, 2013 (Wed), 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Room MW405-406, 4/F, Meng Wah Complex
(Rescheduled from May 22, 2013 to May 29, 2013 due to bad weather)

  • What are identifiable trends from discontinuation and withdrawal cases?
  • How do you detect academic risks in your advisees?
  • Should you intervene when your advisees receive poor academic results?
  • What alert strategies are being used by faculties to identify academically at-risk students?
  • What advice is available for students balancing residential hall life with academics?
  • What are key issues when advising on enquiries about programme transfer?
  • Why is it important to utilize partnerships on campus?
  • When and in what ways do psychological issues affect academic performance?


This event will provide an analysis on students recommended for discontinuation or withdrawal of study and concerns in the rise in the number of cases. Discussion will follow on identifying academically at-risk students, the importance of early detection through the academic advising system, and new initiatives impacting the residential experience and academic performance. Experienced colleagues will also share recent cases that involved programme/faculty transfer and special counselling. They will specifically explain how partnering with support units and academic staff helped.

Colleagues are also welcome to share their experiences with academic advising. Light lunch will be provided.

Noon – 12:55 pm: Discussion Topics
Review trends of at-risk students and discontinuation cases Prof. Anthony Yeh, Chairman of the Committee on Discontinuation
Sharing of early alert strategies in faculties Dr. Gary Harfitt, Academic Advising Coordinator & Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education
Prof. W.K. Chan, Academic Advising Coordinator & Associate Dean, Faculty of Science
Balancing residential hall life and academics Dr. Samuel Chu, Warden, Swire Hall
Mr. Kevin Yung, Senior Tutor, Simon K.Y. Lee Hall
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Case Sharing
Should you support a change in a student’s academic interest through programme transfer and alternative study plans? Prof. Y.S. Chan, Academic Advising Coordinator & Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Eric Chui, Academic Advising Coordinator & Associate Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences
Ms. Katherine Wan, Head, Academic Advising Office
What happens when psychological/ adjustment issues affect academic performance? Prof. W.K. Chan, Academic Advising Coordinator & Associate Dean, Faculty of Science
Dr. Eugenie Leung, Director of Counselling and Person Enrichment, CEDARS

Open to all Faculty Academic Advisers, academic staff, and relevant administrators.

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Please contact Dr. Amy Lewis at 2219 4684.