The African American Student Academic Services (AASAS) Office assists UWM schools and colleges in recruiting and retaining African American undergraduate students. The program's purpose is to provide African American students with support services that are essential to achieving their educational goals. AASAS provides general assistance in selecting majors and courses, financial aid assistance, individual and group counseling, peer mentor programs (ASANTE and BMOC), tutorial help, advocacy, and academic and social programming.
Academic Advising and Support
AASAS's advisors are skilled professionals who provide academic advising and support to African American students in all schools and colleges of the University. Advisors keep abreast of degree requirements and University policies that ultimately affect the students they advise. They work cooperatively with advisors in other schools and colleges to ensure that African American students are provided with opportunities that allow them to successfully realize their educational, professional and personal goals.
Through advocacy and intervention, AASAS helps students deal with problems affecting their education. The staff works quickly and thoroughly to resolve problems that arise from academic demands, cultural differences and financial hardships. AASAS staff members routinely work with individual students regarding financial aid appeals, residency appeals, grade conflict resolution, disciplinary matters, and admission appeals.
Tutoring and Learning Center Services
AASAS students are eligible for free tutoring in any course through the Tutoring and Academic Resources Center. Students may sign up for tutors with their AASAS advisor. Tutoring sessions are scheduled in one hour increments, with a maximum of two hours a week per course. The Tutoring and Academic Resources Center also provides group tutoring on a walk-in basis for about 25 freshman and sophomore courses. Individual assistance for mathematics and English composition also are provided.
AASAS's staff members maintain regular contact with UWM African American undergraduates. In addition to counseling students, advisors regularly send informative letters and announcements to ensure they are made aware of university services, activities, and important deadlines. Each semester, AASAS sponsors programs to help African American students adjust to University life and to emphasize UWM's multicultural diversity.
If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor call 414-229-6657.