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Advising Council Purpose

The Eastern Oregon University Advising Council is a representative self-governing body reinstituted in 2013 to better coordinate the delivery of academic advising services in a decentralized environment, improve communication, coordination, and collaboration among various academic units, and improve the overall student experience in advising.

Purpose/Goals:  The improvement of academic advising through the following means:

·         Provide a forum for discussion of academic issues related to advising, including curriculum, policy,

and procedure changes.

·         Identify opportunities for improvement and collective strategic planning.

·         Invest in the professional growth and development of advisors.

·         Support an active communications network designed to inform, engage and inspire the advising

·         Engage with and contribute to the wider advising community.

·         Monitor the student experience through advising.

·         Identify and address campus-wide academic advising issues.

·         Share new developments and best practices in academic advising.

·         Provide cross-campus and cross-college opportunities for collaboration and relationship building.



The Advising Council is co-chaired by two elected representatives serving a one-year term.  Chairs serve in a rotation following a one-year term as an elected Vice Chair. Co-Chairs include one representative from the Regional Outreach & Innovation (ROI) department supporting online interests and initiatives and one representative from the on-campus group of professional advisors supporting on-campus interests and initiatives. The primary role of the Co-Chairs include facilitation of meetings and building of the agenda. The Advising Council leadership also includes annually elected Vice Co-Chairs who are responsible for compiling meeting minutes and fulfilling the duties of the Co-Chairs in their absence.



Advising Council membership includes the Dean of the Colleges of Business and Education, the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science, the Dean of the College of STM & Health Sciences, the Executive Director of Regional Outreach and Innovation, all professional advisors, regional center directors and advisors, and a representative from the following departments – Athletics, Registrar’s Office, Student Success, TRiO Student Support Services, Multicultural Center, Native American Program, and ROI. Additional representatives with a vested interest may be designated as appropriate to ensure representation across the campus.


Meeting Schedule:

The Advising Council meets regularly to discuss broad range issues affecting academic advising, exchange information, share best practices and solve problems. Meetings are scheduled on the first and third Monday of each month. Requests for agenda items can be sent to either of the Co-Chairs.


2017-2018 Advising Council Leadership

Andrea P. Williams
Co-Chair, EOU Gresham & EOU Portland Center Director

Miranda (Mandy) Johnson
Co-Chair, Academic Advisor

Kerry Thompson
Vice Co-Chair, EOU Hermiston Center Director, Military-Veteran Coordinator

Cynthia (Sam) McCumber
Vice Co-Chair, Academic Advisor