A. The short answer is that we hope all undergraduates, all faculty and staff who are assigned as academic advisors or work to support students across academic departments, dean’s offices, Student Affairs, and other key offices around Grounds will use the selected platform.
Since we are seeking to foster collaboration, we intend that all undergraduate students will utilize the platform to connect with their advisors—both those who are assigned as well as those students seek out or are referred to. Many of the platforms reviewed so far would also allow students to plan their courses and enroll (without going to SIS), which we believe would both make it more likely that students would use the platform regularly and would provide advisors with good information so that they can best serve their advisees. Ideally, the platform would be used not only by assigned academic advisors but also more broadly by all faculty and staff who work with students, across departments and student support offices. For example, students should be able to connect with their pre-major academic advisor, favorite Career Center counselor, and the coordinator for their prospective major all in one place. Each of the platforms reviewed offers tools for administrators as well.