Fall Semester Plan: Advising and Retention


Welcome to Calhoun’s Advising Center-Decatur! Beginning October 1st, in-person advising appointments will be available. For in-person appointments students are asked to practice social distancing and wear face-masks during your visit. Due to limited spacing, appointments are for students only. Children, family, friends and other relatives are not permitted at this time. Students may continue to email: advising@calhoun.edu for general advising requests, such as: Change of Major, ORI MAP plans, Financial Aid MAP plans and to discuss class recommendations. Email response times are 24-48- business hours. Be sure to include your name, student ID number/A-number and best contact information for assistance.


Students will have online access to their degree audit and plan of study.

Student Videos:

  • Created: “How to” videos for students on topics that are usually covered during an advising session.     The six videos created are:
    • How To Register
    • How To Read Your Schedule
    • How To Use DegreeWorks
    • How To Use The STARS Guide
    • How To Navigate The MyCalhoun Portal
    • How To Pick Your Major, AAS vs AS.

We are emailing the videos to students and have them posted on the website.  

Freshman Seminar (ORI105 and ORI110) Classes:

  • We will transition all of our Freshman Seminar classes for the fall semester to an online format.  We believe that we will be able to effectively meet the course outcomes while providing a safe environment for our students.


Advisors will continue to send weekly emails to their assigned students. These messages will include information on withdrawal date for summer, important dates for fall semester, resources, and final exams. Advisors can answer questions via email and/or on Instagram.

On Campus Visits/Interactions:

We will continue to assist students by appointment.  All advisors have sneeze guards at their desks and facial coverings for when they move about the office.  We will require students have an appointment so that we can control the number of people in the office. Those that cannot get an appointment will still be served remotely.

Cleaning and PPE:

Office staff will sanitize commonly used surfaces such as interior door handles, copier and other office equipment at least once per day and more frequently if needed. Office staff will wear facial coverings in campus common areas and when interacting with other individuals in the office. Additionally, six feet of social distance will be maintained, whenever possible. Office staff will not share workstations (desks, computer, and phones).


The CCC website has and will continue to have and promote the “Advising@calhoun.edu” link to all students and prospective students. Students will be able to utilize the Acuity software to make appointments with Advising staff.