The Campus Advising Network, or CAN, is an organization that promotes cooperation and disseminates information to all advisors on campus. In principle the Network includes all academic advisors at EIU, but CAN is governed by a Steering Committee which meets monthly. Each college, as well as other areas that do advising, is represented by a member on the Steering Committee, who then disseminates information to the various major departments and advisors. The Steering Committee member from each college also acts as the voice for advisors in his or her college to CAN as a whole.
CAN plans yearly new advisor training sessions each fall and advisor coffees each semester; publishes at least 2 Advisorgrams per year; has monthly meetings of the Steering Committee; and other meetings and events as the need arises.
The History of CAN
In the Fall of 2000, a group of academic advisors representing all areas of the University began meeting to brainstorm ways to improve the dissemination of advisement information on campus. One of the ideas which emerged from these discussions was to form the Campus Advising Network (CAN) to facilitate communication among academic advisors, particularly in regard to changes in curriculum and academic policies. The original Steering Committee, Kathy Hussey (CEPS), John Kilgore (CAH), Barb Kuykendall (Certifying Deans), Fraun Lewis (Professional Advisors), Andy Methven (COS), and Betsy Miller (CBAS), set out to establish a community of academic advisors which emphasizes professionalism and service to students at Eastern.
In March, 2001, the Network was launched in the first general meeting, attended by some fifty advisors. In September, the Training and Technology committees conducted day-long training sessions for new advisors, with special attention to computer concerns, and advisor coffees devoted to news, review, and discussion. A forum for the Contact Advisors was held in November. Since then, the Communications Committee has brought out numerous "Advisorgrams" (see links at top left), e-mail newsletters designed to provide EIU advisors with important and timely information. In addition, CAN has represented the views of academic advisors to the administration, consulting with Academic Affairs on such matters as the proposed 2-year catalog cycle and the new EIU4 Program.