The Oberlin Review

PAL Represents Best, Worst of Oberlin

Kameron Dunbar, Columnist

November 10, 2017

I never had a PAL, but I certainly could have used one as a fledgling first-year. Oberlin has a lot of resources available for students, many of which are difficult to access if you don’t know they exist. Fortunately, I had the iconic Alex Cunningham as a mentor to lead me in the right direction and keep me on my path. Not everyone has such a positive experience — students are often left to fend for themselves without guidance from peers. One positive thing that came out of the College’s recent Strategic Plan was an acknowledgement of the need for reform in Oberlin’s advising system. Putting it bluntly, students shared a common feeling of disappointment in Oberlin’s pre-major advising mechanisms. This is ho...

First-Year Program Encourages Community, Confidence

First-Year Program Encourages Community, Confidence

September 29, 2017

The Office of the Dean of Students initiated a new advising and orientation model this semester. The program, the Peer Advising Leader initiative, pairs student advisors with first-years in a semester-long program to help them adjust to college life. Unlike the ambassador program — the orientation model from previous years that paired first-years with older students — the PAL program extends far beyond orientation to include an optional semester-long course called Introduction to Oberlin Life an...

Administrators Approve Advising Overhaul Plans

Administrators Approve Advising Overhaul Plans

March 10, 2017

When the Dean of Studies of­fice dissolves at the end of this semester, its duties will scatter among the offices of the Deans of Students, Arts and Sciences, the Conservatory and a new office set to launch this summer: the Aca­demic Advising Resource Center. The center will take over the space vacated by the Admissions office in the Carnegie Building when the office moves to the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center. Among other tasks, the Aca­demic Advising Resource Center will condense all College...

Faculty Weigh Revisions to Advising System

Jack Rockwell

October 9, 2015

The Faculty Advising Committee is currently in the early stages of reviewing the student advising system, a process that may lead to greater adviser involvement. The committee is arranging focus groups to determine what kinds of changes the College should consider. “The General Faculty Advising Committee is developing focus groups to talk with students about academic advising in Arts and Sciences,” Dean of Studies Joyce Babyak wrote in an email to the Review. “We expect to work with Senate when we are ready to set the groups up. What we learn from these focus groups will inform thinking about academic advising going forward.” College senior Robert Bonfiglio, the only student member of the Faculty Advising...

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