Effective Advising

Melanie Carter, Ph.D.

October 19, 2015


Having earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy & Leadership and a HERS Certificate in Higher Education Leadership, Dr. Melanie Carter was destined to become a leader. Today she not only leads Howard University's Office of Undergraduate Studies & Enrollment Management; she also leads students to success.

As Associate Provost, Dr. Carter oversees advising for most 1st-year and 2nd-year Howard undergraduates. She is well prepared for such a task: At Spelman College, she helped the Counseling Center develop and implement a Freshman Mentoring Program and Academic Support Program. Later, at Ohio State University, she advised 300-400 undergraduate students pursuing pre-professional majors in the health sciences and education. At Ohio State, she also coordinated the Learning Skills Program and, eventually, the Minority Advising Program. The staff of the Minority Advising Program taught Ohio State's freshman survey course and advised nearly 1,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students per quarter. While coordinating the program, Dr. Carter developed academic support programs to increase retention among underrepresented populations, especially African American, Hispanic, and Appalachian students.

After Dr. Carter joined Howard in 2007, she became Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Student Affairs, Acting Dean, and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Student Affairs in the School of Education. All told, she says, she has accumulated "more than 25 years of experience as an administrator in academic and student affairs leading and developing academic and academic support programs that foster student success and retention."

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