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Staff Achieves Certified Appreciative Adviser

By: Posted On: 09/20/2018

Congratulations to Mr. Lyle Tate, M.S., on being selected as a Certified Appreciative Adviser. Lyle is the Program Manager for Admissions, Recruiting, and Advising for UHCO and has been part of the team for five years. This selection is a coveted process through the Appreciative Advising Institute (AAI). The whole concept of the AAI is student focused and goal oriented and works through six phases of advising: Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don’t Settle

Lyle feels the certification, "Underscores my commitment to excellence in what I really enjoy doing. It advances my professional qualifications and challenges me to keep raising expectations and achievements as an adviser. Ultimately, it helps me be at my best when working with all the pre-optometry students working to join our program or others across the country, in addition to current UHCO students preparing for their careers."

Appreciative Advising is a concept formulated back in 2002, based on the organizational development theory of appreciative inquiry developed in 1979 by David Cooperrider at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Jennifer Bloom is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology at Florida Atlantic University and founded the summer Appreciative Advising Institute where hundreds of college/university advisors from various disciplines come together for three days of activities, continuing education, and small-group work. 
As the advisor for UHCO, Lyle is fortunate to be able to meet and advise a wide variety of individuals, including high school students exploring avenues in medicine, undergraduate pre-optometry students completing prerequisites and preparing for optometry school applications, post-baccalaureate men and women shifting career gears, and more.

To become a certified appreciative adviser, one must attended the summer Institute or complete a semester-long online course, have their director and an advisee complete rubrics on their work as an adviser, craft a personal Appreciative Advising theory statement, and submit their current resume and a letter of recommendation. Then a committee from FAU’s Office of Appreciative Education reviews and makes decisions regarding certification.