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State Advising Association Recognizes
Deborah Gough For Outstanding Achievement
MAILED: Oct. 1, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Deborah Gough, director of advising and academic testing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, received the 2002 Outstanding Achievement in Advising Award from the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association.
The award recognizes advisers with at least 10 years in the advising profession who have a record of excellence in their own areas as well as distinctive contributions to the university and distinguished achievement in developing new programs for meeting student needs.
Jeannie Harms, an academic adviser in Gough’s office, nominated her for the award. “Debbie’s knowledge of university policies and procedures, known dedication to students, and creativity grounded in reality and common sense, make her a natural choice when addressing student centered issues and concerns,” Harms said.
Gough has been with UW-Eau Claire for 21 years, and was named director of advising and academic testing in 1994. She is responsible for coordinating the advising and career development of undeclared students and serves as an adviser to 90-100 undeclared students each year. She also is serving as the interim director of orientation through the summer of 2003.
Gough was the program director for the Title III grant, “Advising and Mentoring Program, 1994-96.” This major federal grant pioneered the use of e-mail in advising and won the National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Institutional Advising Award.
The key to good advising is providing good information, said Gough, who received UW-Eau Claire’s Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award in August. She developed a comprehensive handbook for faculty advisers and writes an adviser update each semester. She also initiated a yearly letter to campus leaders providing information about the characteristics of the freshman class and about advising and testing issues on campus.
Gough is responsible for the administration of all external academic testing programs, regional placement testing and CLEP testing, which total more than 7,000 each year. “It’s somewhat unusual to combine advising and testing in the same office,” Gough said. “I’m proud of the close relationship we have here because we are able to provide good information to faculty and students.”
Gough served as co-chair of WACADA’s annual conference in 1999 and was secretary of the association from 1997-99. She is a member of the policy-setting Education Testing Service Computer-based Advisory Council, the UW-Eau Claire Student Development Council, the University Assessment Committee, Enrollment Planning Advisory Committee and has played a key role in numerous committee and work groups throughout her career.
Gough holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and a master’s and Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: February 4, 2003