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ACCESS to Success First Year Initiatives

UWM School/College Academic Advising: Values, Vision, Mission and Learning Outcomes

College of Engineering and Applied Science
Academic Advising

What do we value as advisors?

  • Providing students with honest, accurate information
  • Establishing trusting, respectful relationships with students, faculty, and other academic staff
  • Helping students to prepare for their futures
  • Instilling in students the importance and value of their education, fostering life-long learning
  • Remaining open to new initiatives in order to benefit our students
  • Ability to serve as a source of referral and connect students and our faculty with appropriate resources
  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Being accessible and responding to students in a timely manner
  • Ethical behavior
  • Diversity
  • Professional development opportunities that allow us to continue to grow and strengthen our skills

Vision Statement

We will always strive to provide the highest quality of advising, serving as a primary source of information to all students in our college. Our collaborative relationships within the University and our initiatives related to continuous improvement will allow us to serve as a model for excellence in advising within the UW System.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the CEAS advising office to create an atmosphere that fosters success. We are committed to quality academic advising in an environment that is welcoming, inclusive and supportive. Our programs and services are designed to help students develop decision making skills that will empower them to take full advantage of their educational experience.

Advising Goals

  • Instill the importance of preparing for your professional life while still in school
  • Encourage students to utilize University support services and related resources as needed
  • Assist students in developing realistic educational plans
  • Help students clarify educational, professional, and life goals
  • Assist students in overcoming educational and personal problems, as well as deficiencies
  • Help students interpret University policies and procedures
  • Assure students understand and value the educational process, and life long learning
  • Provide information related to the study of engineering and professional opportunities
  • Encourage participation in complimentary activities outside of the classroom
  • Promote the value of the services of our office
  • Assist in the development of a pool of qualified prospective undergraduate students and provide those eligible for admission, the appropriate advisement, encouragement and services necessary for them to become matriculated students.
  • Provide support to faculty as they try to assure student success in their classrooms
  • Instill the value of life long learning
  • Encourage students to value diversity, ethical behavior and social responsibility

Advising Process Goals

  • Advisors are knowledgeable of institutional policies, procedures, degree requirements, and career-related information
  • Advisors are friendly, courteous, and respectful toward students
  • Advisors provide students with honest and realistic information and feedback
  • Advisors respect student confidentiality
  • Advisors will provide accurate and timely information
  • Advisors will be accessible to students, maintaining regular office hours and keeping appointments
  • Advisors will take into consideration students individual circumstances when giving advice

Student Learning Outcomes


  • Understand their profession and its demands
  • Know the importance of utilizing resources and services on campus when needed
  • Understand their curriculum requirements
  • Understand institutional policies/procedures
  • Take ultimate responsibility for executing their educational, career, and life plans
  • Be familiar with the academic and co-curricular opportunities available to them
  • Understand the importance and relevance of foundation courses in CEAS curriculums


  • Possess the skills to be able to effectively conduct a job search
  • Be able to identify, access and utilize campus/community resources
  • Know how to use all the necessary tools to register effectively
  • Be able to set goals and assess those goals
  • Be able to self-assess academic progress
  • Know how to work collaboratively with diverse populations


  • Value the importance of work-related experience prior to graduation
  • Value the importance of their education
  • Value social responsibility and ethical behavior
  • Value diversity