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Shari Saperstein, Associate Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies, Nova Southeastern University

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WHO WE ARE

Sue is a nationally recognized speaker in the areas of academic advising and student services. Her presentations blend theory and practice, are include real-world scenarios for professionals to apply as they work to support students. Sue’s areas of expertise include comprehensive developmental advising, student engagement, advising adult and online students, effective email advising, and electronic documentation.

Sue has over twenty-five years of experience in higher education administration, working in public and private institutions and with diverse student populations ranging from freshman to doctoral level students.

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TRAINING

Through a combination of approachability, real-world examples, and humor, Sue provides relevant, practical training to audiences of varying size, experience, and knowledge.

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CONSULTATION

Whether your organization has identified performance deficiencies or you are seeking to improve the quality of services, Sue can provide a variety of consulting services.

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HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS


Employees learn best by using real-world examples that are relevant to their experience and setting. Participants will engage in discussion of best practices and analyze scenarios to identify opportunities for improvement and growth as well as identify best-practices.

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TESTIMONIALS

  • Great use of humor and anecdotes. Thanks for inspiring me to take the time to delve deeper. After years of advising it’s easy to fall into the prescriptive tasks students want. Thanks for reminding me that even the banal questions can have complex answers if we begin to ask questions. Great!

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  • Sue is very down to earth and relatable! Truly enjoyed Sue – would love to work with/for her. Her humor is awesome!

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  • The best one so far! I’m motivated to be the best advisor I can be.

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  • The best part of the session as the genuine passion presenter had for advising. Very helpful information – very effective communication style – great responses to questions – great examples and stories – humor was well used.
     
     

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  • The best part of the session was the real-life situations! Humor. This was the best, most useful and inspiring experience I have had at a NACADA!

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    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session was the examples and how to resolve them best, very applicable, motivational, humorous, and informative – an outstanding presenter! Great expertise.

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    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • She presented very practical, useful information. Helped with specific ways to communicate with students. She was fantastic, the best session I’ve attended.

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    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • I really took away a lot from this presentation that I’ll bring back. Thank you. Great advice and you’ve really got me thinking about student expectations.

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    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Important and workable examples, excellent presenter, humor, and experiences!

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    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Real-life examples which were well thought-out/concrete, more time, would like to invite presenter to school/university for advisor staff development.

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    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Best part was how presenter simplified what we as advisors should do, Brilliant! I truly enjoyed and will think about everything I do and say to assess how I will be moving the student forward.

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    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Session stressed that the advisor should use the approach that is best for the student, would like the presenter to accept an invitation to speak at my school; It was a good reminder of who we advise for, it is always about developing the student.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Good humor, good reinforcement of asking questions rather that providing information to students.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Best part of the session was the examples and the humor, particularly good for new advisors and counselors, best session so far.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Very informative and kept my attention… one of the best sessions yet. Way to Go!!!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Nice to have humor throughout your presentation

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Great PowerPoint, not just a list, so glad to be in this one!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Best part of the session was the examples and the personal experience

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Great, funny speech, lots of information and good tips, great session, excellent presenter!!

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    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Love the counseling aspect/tips and the student stories/examples

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Great presentation, funny, down to earth, applicable material.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session was the speaker’s enthusiasm.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session was the very concrete examples, I was so bummed I had to leave briefly to use the restroom! Very engaging!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session was the real stories and how to work with students, great presentation!!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Loved her ability to move the student forward and show with examples. Will use many of your tips/answers/examples in training advisors.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Best part of the session was Dr. Sue’s real life stories/examples, great job, went to both your sessions – excellent topics, very helpful information and examples.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session was the stories, best presenter I’ve seen so far – realistic, yet positive and supportive. Engaging and entertaining. I laughed and also have many take-aways. Thank you!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • It was a simple theme (The 5 Essential Components) supplemented with qualitative stories. Very interesting – great presentation.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session as her sense of humor, the excellent handout with specific advising scenarios plus her talking through the scenarios.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session as the examples. Always love your sessions!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Everything was very informative, refreshing

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Good information supplemented by relevant illustrations/examples.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session was sharing stories, getting personal perspective – but operationalized!!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session is the delivery – great stories and candid presentation. Great humor in delivery and great ideas!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session was the real-world examples.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Very, very, informative and relevant to my experiences as an advisor.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Engaging presenter, practical strategies.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of this session was the small tips and changes to enhance my advising. I really enjoy this session. Presenter spoke in a very conversational way which I like.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session is the handout.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session was the presenter! You have the relevant and helpful experience. Very practical information shared and delivered in a relevant and humorous manner.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Excellent job – great insight on how to do good things better! Thanks!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • I like Sue! This is my 2-nd time hearing her speak at the conference. Knows a great deal about the topic!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session was the examples that were realistic, excellent session. Really learned a lot.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Presenter knows her stuff. Very funny, stories were easy to relate to.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Great information, loved her honesty. Excellent! Best session I’ve attended.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • I am a new advisor and this was the best and most helpful session I have been to. I needed this!!!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session was her personal examples & solutions. Great Job!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session as her humor, organization, and material. Awesome for everyone in advising at all levels.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Loved this session – presenter was dynamic, entertaining, and informed!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Great examples given – helped to connect the information being presented. I am a new advisor and really appreciated this session.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Great presentation!! Inspiring and helpful. Great advice for advisors.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • Very well presented, easy to follow, humor. This was great for someone like me who is a new(er) supervisor of advisors to think about our teaching and checkpoints with advisors. Thank you!!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session was the humor and examples.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session as your informal candid style. I loved it! I liked the affirmation of my approach to advising (25+ years), felt like I could be co-presenting with you!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
  • The best part of the session was the speaker enthusiasm/ examples presented. Confirmation to me that I am already doing this. Thank you. Suggestion: case studies that we could discuss in small groups.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, AmberCreative
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  • Great use of humor and anecdotes. Thanks for inspiring me to take the time to delve deeper. After years of advising it’s easy to fall into the prescriptive tasks students want. Thanks for reminding me that even the banal questions can have complex answers if we begin to ask questions. Great!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Sue is very down to earth and relatable! Truly enjoyed Sue – would love to work with/for her. Her humor is awesome!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best one so far! I’m motivated to be the best advisor I can be.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session as the genuine passion presenter had for advising. Very helpful information – very effective communication style – great responses to questions – great examples and stories – humor was well used.
     
     

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session was the real-life situations! Humor. This was the best, most useful and inspiring experience I have had at a NACADA!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session was the examples and how to resolve them best, very applicable, motivational, humorous, and informative – an outstanding presenter! Great expertise.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • She presented very practical, useful information. Helped with specific ways to communicate with students. She was fantastic, the best session I’ve attended.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • I really took away a lot from this presentation that I’ll bring back. Thank you. Great advice and you’ve really got me thinking about student expectations.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Important and workable examples, excellent presenter, humor, and experiences!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Real-life examples which were well thought-out/concrete, more time, would like to invite presenter to school/university for advisor staff development.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Best part was how presenter simplified what we as advisors should do, Brilliant! I truly enjoyed and will think about everything I do and say to assess how I will be moving the student forward.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Session stressed that the advisor should use the approach that is best for the student, would like the presenter to accept an invitation to speak at my school; It was a good reminder of who we advise for, it is always about developing the student.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Good humor, good reinforcement of asking questions rather that providing information to students.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Best part of the session was the examples and the humor, particularly good for new advisors and counselors, best session so far.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Very informative and kept my attention… one of the best sessions yet. Way to Go!!!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Nice to have humor throughout your presentation

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Great PowerPoint, not just a list, so glad to be in this one!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Best part of the session was the examples and the personal experience

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Great, funny speech, lots of information and good tips, great session, excellent presenter!!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Love the counseling aspect/tips and the student stories/examples

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Great presentation, funny, down to earth, applicable material.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session was the speaker’s enthusiasm.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session was the very concrete examples, I was so bummed I had to leave briefly to use the restroom! Very engaging!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session was the real stories and how to work with students, great presentation!!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Loved her ability to move the student forward and show with examples. Will use many of your tips/answers/examples in training advisors.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Best part of the session was Dr. Sue’s real life stories/examples, great job, went to both your sessions – excellent topics, very helpful information and examples.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session was the stories, best presenter I’ve seen so far – realistic, yet positive and supportive. Engaging and entertaining. I laughed and also have many take-aways. Thank you!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • It was a simple theme (The 5 Essential Components) supplemented with qualitative stories. Very interesting – great presentation.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session as her sense of humor, the excellent handout with specific advising scenarios plus her talking through the scenarios.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session as the examples. Always love your sessions!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Everything was very informative, refreshing

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Good information supplemented by relevant illustrations/examples.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session was sharing stories, getting personal perspective – but operationalized!!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session is the delivery – great stories and candid presentation. Great humor in delivery and great ideas!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session was the real-world examples.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Very, very, informative and relevant to my experiences as an advisor.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Engaging presenter, practical strategies.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of this session was the small tips and changes to enhance my advising. I really enjoy this session. Presenter spoke in a very conversational way which I like.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session is the handout.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session was the presenter! You have the relevant and helpful experience. Very practical information shared and delivered in a relevant and humorous manner.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Excellent job – great insight on how to do good things better! Thanks!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • I like Sue! This is my 2-nd time hearing her speak at the conference. Knows a great deal about the topic!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session was the examples that were realistic, excellent session. Really learned a lot.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Presenter knows her stuff. Very funny, stories were easy to relate to.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Great information, loved her honesty. Excellent! Best session I’ve attended.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • I am a new advisor and this was the best and most helpful session I have been to. I needed this!!!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session was her personal examples & solutions. Great Job!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session as her humor, organization, and material. Awesome for everyone in advising at all levels.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Loved this session – presenter was dynamic, entertaining, and informed!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Great examples given – helped to connect the information being presented. I am a new advisor and really appreciated this session.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Great presentation!! Inspiring and helpful. Great advice for advisors.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • Very well presented, easy to follow, humor. This was great for someone like me who is a new(er) supervisor of advisors to think about our teaching and checkpoints with advisors. Thank you!!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session was the humor and examples.

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session as your informal candid style. I loved it! I liked the affirmation of my approach to advising (25+ years), felt like I could be co-presenting with you!

    Author image
    • MyName
    • CEO, CompanyName
  • The best part of the session was the speaker enthusiasm/ examples presented. Confirmation to me that I am already doing this. Thank you. Suggestion: case studies that we could discuss in small groups.

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    • CEO, CompanyName
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“Training advisors is not an easy task. We never seem to have enough time and resources to devote to providing comprehensive, ongoing training to our advising team. As advising administrators, we are faced with managing multiple priorities related to supervising personnel, executing programs, addressing escalated student issues, and attending to the myriad of administrative functions that come with the job.”

Drawing on 25+ years of academic advising experience at diverse institutions, Sue Ohrablo’s High-Impact Advising provides a comprehensive, A-Z introduction to the job–with useful tools, exercises, and assessments that can be used in individual and group training sessions for new advisors, or can be used as a refresher for ongoing training and reinforcement of practices.

 

Reaction to High-Impact Advising: A Guide for Academic Advisors.

“I highly recommend that all academic advising professionals read High-Impact Advising: A Guide for Academic Advisors, as it will help them to enhance key skills needed to establish positive relationships with students, appropriately assess students’ needs, effectively teach students, and efficiently provide high quality service.”

Jacqueline T. Hollins, Assistant Vice Provost/Director of Academic Advisement, SUNY at Buffalo (UB)

 

“As a department leader in academic advisement, I would use Sue’s book as a training resource and teaching mechanism for advisors. It allows advising professionals to understand today’s complex environment of advising students, beyond just selecting courses.”

Jake Shilts, Director, Advisement & Career Services, Miami Dade College

 

“Advisors will reap the benefits of this well-balanced, informative guide.”

Shari Saperstein, Associate Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies, Nova Southeastern University

 

“Sue’s book provides quality theoretical and practical knowledge to assist advisors in their work with our students.”

Dr. Lua R. Hancock, Vice Provost, Campus Life and Student Success, Stetson University

 

“A student-centered, informative, and practical approach. Dr. Ohrablo presents powerful guidelines geared towards student success for 21st century academic advisors. The handbook offers indispensable information and engaging scenarios that mirror real life college instances that students experience. A key resource tool for academic advisors and higher education professionals.”

Dr. DeLaine Priest, Associate Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Services, University of Central Florida

 

“I find Sue’s writing quite relevant to today’s complex advising environment and enriching to all those involved in student advising. As an advisor, this will come in handy as a window of proven practical insights, tools and method for effective advising.”

Awah Divine, Academic Advisor, Abu Dhabi University

LATEST PUBLICATIONS

Effective Academic Advising: Four Strategies to Anticipate and Address Student Needs

Dated: 25 October 2017,

Recently, someone asked me what I perceived the role of an academic advisor to be. It has taken years of practice and... Read More

The Role of Proactive Advising in Student Success and Retention

Dated: 25 October 2017,

Over the past few years, institutions have been experiencing declining enrollment and are looking to strategically... Read More

Developmental advising today

Dated: 28 November 2016,

Authored by: Sue Ohrablo This article is based upon a presentation by the author at the 2010 NACADA annual conference... Read More