An e-mail from the Office of Advising explaining walk-in advising and scheduled hours of available meeting times was sent to all students Feb. 23.
With academic planning of the 2017-2018 school year underway, these sessions took place for anyone questioning their major or wanting to add on another major or minor.
Many new students were unfamiliar with walk-in advising, and it’s still a relatively new experience for upperclassmen too.
“[The program] was piloted in the 2015-2016 school year with weekly selected hours and departments represented throughout most of both the fall and spring terms,” Director of Advising Janis Williams explained. “Due to scheduling issues, it was not offered in the fall of 2016. Our office plans on making the two week model a regular part of each spring and fall semester going forward.”
According to Williams, this initiative is a further resource to aid students along with their assigned advisors.
“The Advising Office is continually looking for new and/or enhanced methods of providing holistic advising to the traditional undergraduate student,” she said. “This does not replace any current advising practices, but is in addition to what EC already does which includes assigning every student an advisor, providing a wide variety of advising tools, faculty advisors providing regular office hours, etc.”
Even with this program, Williams still suggests students meet with their faculty advisor before making any official decisions on classes, majors and minors.