PSU’s University Studies Program Launches Innovative Student Academic Counseling System

April 2nd, 2009 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-PSU’s College of University Studies is introducing a novel way of advising students who have not declared a major. Patrick Cate, Interim Director of the College of University Studies, said he is trying a new approach in guiding undeclared students into an appropriate course of study.

“Using a counseling model from the health and addiction counseling, we are able to better assess a student’s readiness for change,” said Cate. “Changing from undeclared to declared is as much a behavior change as it is a student status change and this stage-oriented model helps a student through this decision in a targeted manner.


Patrick Cate
Patrick Cate

Cate’s recent presentation about the new counseling approach at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region One conference was voted, by conference participants, as the Best of Region One. Cate has been invited to present, “Addicted to the Undeclared: A New Way of Approaching Undeclared Students,” at the NACADA national conference scheduled for October in San Antonio.

“I love working with deciding students because I get to see all of the potential that our students bring to our campus each year,” Cate said. “Helping students engage in their academic community is truly a wonderful thing to witness and be a part of.”

NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through numerous activities and publications. About 3,500 attendees are expected at the NACADA national conference where Cate will speak

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes