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ACCESS to Success First Year Initiatives

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

College of Letters and Science

The College of Letters & Science has several advising units each designed to serve specific student populations. L&S advising units include:

  • African American Student Academic Services
  • American Indian Student Services
  • Southeast Asian American Student Services
  • Academic Opportunity Center Advising
  • UWM College Connection Advising
  • Pre-professional Health Advising and Pre-Law
  • L&S Freshman Advising
  • L&S Continuing Student/Transfer Student Advising

Although most advisors and advising programs have multi-faceted responsibilities beyond general academic advising, the responses below focus on the academic advising commonalities of these units.

What do we value as advisors?

  • Assisting students in discovering, processing and determining their best academic course of action;
  • Educating students about academic programs and policies and procedures; and
  • Working together with students toward the attainment of their academic goals.

What is our vision of advising?

The L&S vision of academic advising is to provide the highest quality of advising services to all students in a manner consistent with the principles of advising articulated in the American College Testing Service (ACT) definition of advising:

“Academic advising is a developmental process, which assists students in the clarification of their life/career goals and in the development of educational plans for the realization of these goals. It is a decision-making process by which students realize their maximum educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an advisor; it is ongoing, multifaceted, and the responsibility of both student and advisor.”

What is our advising program “mission”?

L&S Advising Mission Statement:
To thoroughly and systematically educate students about Letters and Science academic programs, policies and procedures, and to assist students in discovering, processing and determining their best academic course of action. Once academic goals have been established, advisor and advisee work together toward the attainment of established goals.