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ACCESS to Success First Year Initiatives

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

Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

Advising Goals

A. What do we value as advisors?

  1. students
  2. our ability to provide accurate and timely information
  3. campus resources and our colleagues
  4. professionalism
  5. acknowledging diversity
  6. connecting students to campus resources

B. Dream/vision of advising:

  1. satisfied and informed students
  2. shared appreciation among advisors, students, School and the university committee
  3. opportunities for professional development

C. Mission

Our mission as advisors is to work with our students to help them “learn” as part of their education and advising – learn to take responsibility, to grow, to change, to adapt, to appreciate diversity, and to learn to work in ethically and culturally competent ways to influence both individual and social change.

D. Goals

  1. Create a positive impression of the School and the University
  2. Help students with course selection and progress toward degree
  3. Help students determine their educational and career goals
  4. Help students ‘learn’ though developmental advising

E. Advising Process Goals and Outcomes

  1. Student experience should provide accurate and timely information and answers to questions asked and unasked
  2. Students should be treated respectfully
  3. Students should leave the experience feeling informed
  4. Students should leave the experience feeling respected and satisfied with the experience

F. Learning Impact Goals

  1. Cognitive - what should they know?
    • Degree requirements, and process for admission to major
    • Resources available to them
    • Accurate and realistic time frame for degree completion
    • University policies and where to find them

  2. Skills – what should they be able to do?
    • Select correct classes
    • Use PAWS
    • Read and understand advising checklist
    • Locate and use appropriate campus resources

  3. Affective – what should they value/appreciate?
    • Appreciate the value of their education
    • Appreciate the value of the support offered by student services campus wide
    • Appreciate the value of field placement, in terms of the experience, the exposure to diversity and their ability to influence change