Advising Certification and Training Program

The University of Pittsburgh Advising and Certification Training program (Pitt ACT) is a suite of online onboarding and training materials designed for faculty and staff at Pitt who work with undergraduate students in an advising and mentoring capacity. The main goal of the program is to provide standard resources for all advisors and mentors across the University. Pitt is committed to helping advisors and mentors build networks and grow in the profession, And Pitt ACT is one key resource that allows advisors and mentors to refine their skills and advance their professional development. 

Announcing the Launch of the Pitt Act Program 

Read the email announcement from Vice Provost Joseph J. McCarthy and Director of Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring April E. Belback.

Watch the Introduction to Pitt ACT session recording to learn more about the program.

Read the University Times article "Training program hopes to give advisors equal access to information."

Registration Is Now Open for Pitt ACT  

Please complete the online registration form and the program information will be emailed to you.

Watch the Program Introduction from Provost Ann E. Cudd

Team Members

  • April Belback, Director of Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring (PI), provides oversight of the project, leads the workgroup, and plans to launch the program at the 2021 Mentoring and Advising Summit, with an effort following University-wide.
  • Lindsay Onufer, Program Manager, Assessment of Teaching Effectiveness, is a collaborative leader for the project's curriculum and assessment. Lindsay also provides expertise in instructional design.
  • Marques Redd, Pitt ACT Project Manager

Workgroup on Advising Training

The following workgroup members were appointed by the Directors of Advising Committee and assist in developing curriculum for the project.

  • Stephanie Crespo, Department of Psychology
  • Ed Giles, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
  • Susan Gleason, University of Pittsburgh Bradford
  • Devin Kiska, Swanson School of Engineering
  • Michele Lagnese, TRIO Student Support Services 
  • Jennifer Marco, Office of University Registrar
  • Susan Meyer, Interprofessional Center for Health Careers
  • Danielle Richardson, School of Computing and Information 
  • Brett Soltysiak, Office of the Provost 
  • Jessica Wandelt, Department of Biological Sciences

Who can participate in the training?

  • All new undergraduate advisors and mentors at the University of Pittsburgh are encouraged to take the training upon the start of employment and as part of onboarding. 
  • Depending on an individual’s role, upon completion of the Pitt ACT Program: Advising and Mentoring Foundations Training, a new academic advisor will gain access to important technologies within University systems for use in the advising and mentoring workflow: PeopleSoft/HighPoint CX, Pathways for Success, and Catalog of Opportunities.  
  • Pitt ACT is not just for new advisors and mentors. Anyone in an advising and mentoring role is welcome and encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.  

How many modules encompass the Advising and Mentoring Foundations level training? 

There are six modules to complete for the Advising and Mentoring Foundations level training:

  • Module One: Advising at Pitt
  • Module Two: University Policy and Procedures
  • Module Three: Academic Programs and Requirements
  • Module Four: Technology for Student Success
  • Module Five: Campus Resources
  • Module Six: Advising Profession and Practice

The modules were developed based on competency areas identified by the Workgroup on Advising Training––a diverse team of advisors, staff and adminstrators––and on the NACADA core competency model

These competency areas will also be carried through for future trainings as well.