#ExploreEagles

Mission Statement

The mission of the #ExploreEagles Program is to assist in the development of Undeclared 1st Year students’ self-exploration, career exploration, self-efficacy and foster a strong sense of belonging that supports major exploration and helps students answer, “What is your passion?”

Pillars

  1. Belonging
  2. Self-Efficacy
  3. Self-Exploration
  4. Career Exploration
  5. Major Exploration

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  1. Articulate the importance of personal investment needed to move confidently in one’s academic, personal and professional goals.
  2. Understand multiple perspectives (experiences and values) while examining behaviors and choices that support such perspectives.
  3. Identify the interactive relationship between self, career and major satisfaction.
  4. Learn and refine self-advocacy, self-awareness and decision-making skills.
  5. Work with individuals as a team that fosters a sense of belonging and community on campus.

Research

The #ExploreEagles Program came out of the need to create more intentional programming, specifically tailored for the Undeclared 1st Year students the University Academic Advisement Center serves. Research shows students who engage in self and career exploration, and feel a strong sense of belonging on their campuses, tend to be more satisfied in the majors they choose (Brown & Rivas, 1994; Bullock-Yowell, McConnell & Schedin, 2014; Clark & Kalionzes, 2008; Gasman, Baez & Turner, 2008; George-Jackson, 2012; Soria & Stebleton, 2013; Vincent, Henry & Anderson, 2012). This also reduces the chances of students changing their majors, and thus the risk of taking unneeded courses, saving them time to graduation. As career decision self-efficacy may be lower among undecided students, it is recommended that higher education practitioners be intentional in creating opportunities for accomplishment (Bullock-Yowell, McConnell & Schedin, 2014). IR undeclared “switch major” data

#ExploreEagles Passport

What is the #ExploreEagles Passport?

We are planning several special events throughout the year, just for YOU! Each one is related to the Pillars of the #ExploreEagles Program, and will facilitate the process in helping you choose a major that is the right fit for you. For each event, including those not hosted by the UAAC, please bring your passport to be signed or stamped by the event coordinator. At the end of the year, you will receive a special prize based on the number of events attended. The Advisor “House” with the most participation will also be recognized!