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

School of Architecture and Urban Planning

Advising: Values, Vision, Mission and Learning Outcomes

  1. What do we “value” as advisors?
    • Developing a relationship of trust and respect with students, faculty and staff
    • Being accessible
    • Providing accurate and timely information
    • Connecting students to appropriate resources
    • Helping students realize their personal, academic and career goals
    • Recognizing that each student is unique – providing the “personal touch”
    • Fostering lifelong learning
    • Relying on faculty expertise
    • Diversity
    • Ethical behavior
    • A sense of community
    • Tools/resources to do our work
    • Professional development opportunities

      Values Statement

      Academic advisors in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning are committed to providing services in an atmosphere of honesty, trust and respect. Our interactions with students, faculty and staff reflect a team-centered approach.

  2. What is your “dream”/”vision” of advising?
    • Student success, satisfaction and retention
    • Mutually respectful relationships between students, staff, faculty and administrators
    • An engaging educational atmosphere that promotes student involvement and action
    • Student recognition for accomplishments (e.g., awards ceremonies, graduation receptions)
    • Developing and maintaining collaborative partnerships between students, staff, faculty, administrators, the community and the professions
    • Preparing and equipping students to compete in a highly competitive academic arena
    • Assisting students in developing a “lateral” (alternative) plan of action
    • Assisting students with transitions (e.g., different major, graduate school, the profession)
    • Developing and maintaining a more diverse student body
    • Developing a career resource center/tracking system

    Vision Statement

    We aspire to establish a partnership with students that will enrich their educational experience and empower them to develop meaningful educational, career, and life goals.

  3. What is your advising program “mission”?

    Mission Statement

    Our mission is to provide academic advising that fosters student success and satisfaction with the educational experience.

  4. What are your advising “goals”?
    • Assist students in developing suitable educational plans
    • Help students clarify educational, career and life goals
    • Assist students in recognizing and overcoming educational and personal problems
    • Encourage students to utilize support services and resources
    • Help students select appropriate courses and other educational experiences (e.g., study abroad, honors)
    • Help students interpret University and School policies and procedures
    • Enhance student awareness about educational resources available (e.g., internship, tutoring)
    • Evaluate student progress toward established goals
    • Assist students in the development of decision-making skills
    • Reinforce student self-direction
    • Refer students to campus and community resources and support services
    • Assure that caseloads are consistent with the time required for the effective performance of advising

  5. What are your “advising process goals” and “advising process outcomes”?
    • Students’ experience should be “information-rich”
    • Students’ experience should be respectful, friendly, and courteous
    • Students should receive accurate and timely information
    • Students should receive honest input

  6. What are your “student learning outcomes”?
  7. Cognitive:

    • Understand the difference between a pre-professional and professional education
    • Understand that they are ultimately responsible for creating their educational, life, and career plans
    • Know the academic options available to them at SARUP/UWM
    • Know their degree requirements
    • Realistic assessment of academic progress
    • Understand institutional policies/procedures and/or where to find them
    • Know what resources are available to them at SARUP and UWM


    • Be able to use PAWS
    • Be able to use UWM online services (e.g., timetable, catalog/bulletin, etc.)
    • Be able to read an academic advisement report (degree audit)
    • Be able to identify, utilize and access campus/community resources
    • Be able to negotiate administrative functions (e.g., apply to graduate school, apply for graduation)


    • Appreciate the value added to the educational experience as a result of the interaction with their academic advisor
    • Appreciate the value added to their educational experience as a result of their own active and engaged efforts
    • Appreciate the value added to their educational experience through mentoring/internships and/or access to additional resources
    • Appreciate the value of a pre-professional and/or professional education
    • Appreciate the importance and value of general education courses