President's Report Masthead
December 31, 2012

Discovery Program update

Discovery has been actively reaching out to the student body this fall, collaborating with the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) to host the Academic Advising and Scheduling Fest on Nov. 14. Faculty, professional advisors and Discovery peer advisors were present to assist students with course scheduling. Through this joint effort, 34 departments participated to help students navigate the registration process.  The event was attended by more than 300 students—our largest turnout in five years – and they represented all five undergraduate schools. Harpur Advising had the highest volume of students seeking assistance from an advisor. Our 26 Discovery Advisors were also extremely busy advising and assisting students. The event was a big success and several students received extra advising to help them schedule their spring courses.

This semester the Discovery Program also started a new initiative with its Discovery Advisors (DAs). Typically, DAs are linked to three or four freshmen classes and meet with each student at least twice during pivotal times in the semester. DAs offer peer academic advising and provide appropriate referrals to key offices. This fall, each DA was given a list of 50 to 60 freshmen not enrolled in HARP 101, HDEV 105, ESL or WRIT 111 to reach out to. Via e-mail, students learned about Discovery’s services and were able to seek advice by either corresponding through e-mail or by meeting one-on-one with a DA. This effort has notably increased the number of DA-student contacts. In previous fall semesters, DAs met with slightly more than 1,200 students. This semester, that number has risen to approximately 1,500 students. Contributing to this increase is the QR code we included on our fliers for students to schedule appointments with DAs, as well as the ability for students to schedule an appointment via our website.