Student Success at the Heart of O’Banion Presentation

The faculty and staff of Jackson State Community College had the honor of hearing and seeing educator and author Dr. Terry O’Banion. Dr. O’Banion’s message was on the importance of effective advising to student success.

Terry O’Banion has been a community college leader for over 50 years. In a survey of 11,000 higher education leaders in Change magazine he was named one of 11 “Idea Champions” who set the agenda for all of higher education—and the only community college leader on the list. Dr. O’Banion has authored 15 books and over 200 monographs, chapters, and articles on the community college. He has also consulted in over 800 community colleges in every state in the nation and in Canada, Australia, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates.

As a part of the accreditation process, JSCC is currently in the process of creating a quality enhancement plan (QEP) that focuses on academic advising. Dr. O’Banion published a groundbreaking article on the topic in 1972: “An Academic Advising Model.” Since that time, this work has been most commonly known as the O’Banion model and has been the standard to which all advising is referenced.

Dr. O’Banion’s visit to Jackson State helped kicked off the newly penned QEP, and the presentations he made to faculty and staff left everyone inspired to get the academic year and the QEP off to a solid start. We are very fortunate to have an authority of this caliber visit our campus and share his expertise, and this certainly shows how dedicated we are to student success at Jackson State.

It was a true honor to have an authority of this caliber visit our campus and share his expertise. His presentation was a true inspiration and will guide our faculty and staff to better ensure academic success for JSCC students.