GPC Faculty Member Receives Second National Advising Award

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Author: Beverly James

June 23, 2009

For Immediate Release Dr. Sallie Paschal

The National Academic Advising Association has awarded Georgia Perimeter College’s former dean of advising and retention, Sallie Paschal, the Gail Rola Memorial Award. Paschal has also received the Outstanding Advising Award, in the academic advising administrator category, in a nationwide competition.

The Gail Rola Memorial Award was created to recognize and celebrate the life of Gail Rola, a former advising administrator who led with passion and creativity. The award is given to an eligible Outstanding Advising Award winner in the administrator category.

NACADA promotes quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to enhance the educational development of students. The organization is considered the premiere advising advocate for student advising.

“In 2007-2008, Georgia Perimeter College was the only institution of higher learning selected by the Governor’s Office of Customer Service to participate in a Rapid Process Improvement (RPI) Initiative: a project-based program that uses the concepts and practices of Lean Six Sigma management to improve organizational processes,” said GPC President Dr. Anthony Tricoli. “Georgia Perimeter has utilized the RPI program to define, improve and standardize academic advising at the college. It is an honor that a national organization recognizes the hard work that our outstanding faculty and administrators have put into giving our students superior, consistent advising.”

Paschal has taught at all four GPC campuses and has held numerous administrative positions during her 21 years at the college.

"Appropriate, frequent and correct academic advising is of utmost importance to the success of our students,” said Paschal, who currently teaches mathematics at the Newton Campus. “It doesn’t matter if the advising occurs in the Advising and Counseling Center, in the classroom, or in a faculty advisor’s office. Providing good academic advising is how we let our students know that we care.”


Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 23,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit