What is Advisement?

In order for students to have a successful advisement experience and to maximize their college experience, they need to understand what academic advisement is and what its goals are.

The National Academic Advising Association defines academic advising as an educational process that, by intention and design, facilitates students' understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education and fosters their intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning. (NACADA, 2004).

The Center for Academic Advising believes advising is a collaborative educational process whereby students and their advisors are partners in meeting the essential learning outcomes, ensuring student academic success, and outlining the steps for achievement of the students' personal, academic, and career goals. This advisor/student partnership requires participation and involvement of both the advisor and the student as it is built over the student's entire educational experience at the university. Both the student and the advisor have clear responsibilities for ensuring the advising partnership is successful.

Learning Outcomes

  1. To help students reflect on academic and professional goals.
  2. To discuss with students how liberal arts and professional education at UW-Superior may fit in with these goals.
  3. To help students become aware of steps necessary to reach academic and professional goals including undergraduate education, graduate education, examinations, and licensing requirements. 
  4. To direct students to needed support services.
  5. To help students understand the advisement process.
  6. To help students understand requirements for graduation at UW-Superior including degree progress reports, major, minor, upper division, and general education requirements.
  7. To assist students in registering for classes.

Advisee Responsibilities

  1. Schedule regular appointments or make regular contacts with your advisor during each semester and come prepared with any questions or material for discussion.
  2. Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience and asking questions.
  3. Stay organized, gather all relevant information, and keep track of your progress toward meeting your goals.
  4. Complete all assignments or recommendations from your advisor.
  5. Clarify personal values and goals and provide advisor with accurate information. regarding your interests and abilities. Remember that meeting with your advisor isn't just about registering for classes--it's also about the big picture--your life long goals!