UW Bothell Center for University Studies and Programs/CUSP
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Laura Garinger 425-352-5390 / LGaringer@uwb.edu
Rachael Gilchrist 425-352-3620 / RGilchrist@uwb.edu
Jo Lacher 425-352-3807 / JLacher@uwb.edu
Kathy Mitchell 425-352-3405 / KMitchell@uwb.edu
Academic Advising is an educational process that facilitates students’ understanding of the meaning, and purpose, of higher education. It fosters and encourages intellectual and personal development, academic success, and lifelong learning. Advising provides an opportunity to build a relationship with your advisor for the purpose of gaining assistance in planning your educational career, in learning the skills needed for academic success and how to access the services, resources, and opportunities that are available to you. A collaborative educational process, you and your advisor are partners in planning academic, personal, and career goals. The process is proactive on the part of both participants and has clearly defined responsibilities to ensure success.
Academic Advising Policies & Procedures:
Expectations / Responsibilities of the Student:
Schedule advising appointments as needed. Contact your advisor if it is necessary to change or cancel an appointment.
Plan ahead and come prepared to each scheduled appointment. Bring all necessary materials, paperwork, and when appropriate, a preliminary course schedule to your appointment.
Prepare a list of questions and concerns prior to your meeting. Ask questions until you understand your choices and options.
Be an Active Learner; listen and interact, participate fully in the advising experience.
Clarify your Personal and Academic Goals with your advisor. Be accurate and truthful in communicating your abilities & interests.
Become knowledgeable about University and Departmental policies, procedures, and requirements as well as important dates and deadlines.
Keep a personal record of your progress. Become familiar with My UW the Degree Audit and other electronic resources to keep track of your academic progress.
Accept responsibility for your decisions and actions academically and personally.
Expectations / Responsibilities of the Advisor:
Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, general University graduation requirements, and University policies and procedures.
Encourage and support students as they explore their educational options, providing information and strategies for utilizing available resources and services.
Encourage and guide students as they define and develop realistic goals.
Be an Active Listener, listening carefully to students’ questions, concerns, and confusions.
Assist students with decision-making skills and in assuming responsibility for their educational plans and achievements.
Maintain confidentiality and follow FERPA guidelines.
Important Academic Dates:
(For current quarter dates, check online at http://www.uwb.edu/calendars)
First Day of class
Last Day to Add/Drop w/o a Fee
Last Day to Drop w/o a “W” recorded
Last Day to Change from Credit to Audit w/o “W” recorded
Last Day to Change from Regular Credit to Pass/Fail
Last day to Withdraw from the University or a Course
Last Day to Add Courses
Last Day to Change from Credit to Audit
Registration Begins for the New Quarter
Go to Class!
Check your MyUW Email daily as this is the mechanism the University community (Faculty, Staff, Financial Aid, the Registrar, etc.) uses to communicate with you.
Don’t wait until the last minute to make your advising appointment for the upcoming quarter. Plan ahead, avoid the rush.
Take advantage of the advising and academic tools/resources that the CUSP Advisors have to offer.
Advisors can be a wealth of information if you just ask!