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Advising Philosophy

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.

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