Center for Academic Advising

Mission Statement Top of Page

The purpose of The Center for Academic Advising is to contribute to student satisfaction, and thereby increase campus retention rates, through the offering of high-touch and comprehensive advising services for the undergraduate student population.

The UW-Superior Center for Academic Advising's mission is to advocate for, support, and empower students to be successful and achieve their educational goals. It is also our mission to collaborate with campus partners to ensure continuity of service and provide the best educational experience for students.

Services Offered Top of Page

The Center for Academic Advising provides comprehensive academic advising services to:

  • Freshmen or sophomores in all majors
  • Undeclared students regardless of year
  • Students considering changing majors
  • Students who are readmitted after suspension
  • Individually designed majors and interdisciplinary studies majors
  • Associate degree seeking students
  • Non-degree seeking students

Additional services offered by the Center for Academic Advising include:

  • Goal setting
  • Course selection
  • Policy clarification
  • Academic success planning
  • Individualized degree planning

The office also serves as an academic advising information clearinghouse, general referral source, academic advisor training and development center, and academic policies and procedures consultant for UW-Superior departmental advisors and administrators.

Shared Advising Structure Top of Page

UW-Superior utilizes a total intake advising model called the Shared Advising Model (SAM). The model applies to both on-campus and online learners. In this structure students are assigned two advisors who shift between a primary and secondary role. Generally, freshmen and sophomores are assigned to a primary, professional advisor in the Center for Academic Advising and a secondary, faculty advisor in their academic department (undeclared students will only have one primary, professional advisor until they declare). The specific relationships between the Center for Academic Advising and the academic departments are outlined in individual agreements held in the Center and the departments.

Professional advisors in the Center also serve students planning to change their majors, students with Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) or Individually Designed Majors (IDM), new transfer students, and students readmitted from suspension. The Center assigns and re-assigns advisors, completes change of major/minor forms, and maintains advising data for the campus.

In addition to providing advising services to students, the Center for Academic Advising plays an essential role in campus-wide retention initiatives and advisor training and development. All new faculty and professional advisors go through training hosted by the Center. The Center houses advising resources available to all campus advisors and hosts professional development events throughout the year.

UW-Superior subscribes to an appreciative advising philosophy and uses case management to ensure close, pro-active relationships with students. Advisors are expected to become partners on their advisees’ academic journey, developing advisees’ decision making skills, comfort level and abilities as a college student.

Declaring or Changing a Major or Minor Top of Page

Each year, up to 1/3 of the new students arriving on campus enter the university as "undeclared". Other students declare a major and later change it - some change majors more than once. At UW-Superior that's OK! The undeclared major is the ideal place to explore topics, ideas, and professions that may be new to you - all while earning credits toward your degree and being connected to the campus community. As your knowledge and experience grows, you will find a major that fits your needs and interests. Your professional academic advisor is available to assist you if you need help making the decision. When you are ready to declare your major, or if you wish to change your major, you may do so online at

Vision Statement Top of Page

The vision of the Center for Academic Advising is to ensure that academic advising is a full partner in integrated, collaborative, comprehensive, and systemic campus-wide retention initiatives.

Academic Advising Definition Top of Page

Academic advising is 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)

Academic advising is a collaborative experience in which 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 professional goals. This partnership requires the participation and engagement of both the advisor and the student throughout the duration of the student's educational experience at the university. Both the student and the advisor have clear responsibilities for ensuring the advising partnership is successful (NACADA, 2004).

NACADA. (2004). NACADA statement of core values of academic advising.

Functions of the Advising Center Top of Page

Individual student appointments

Professional academic advisors in the CAA work with online and on-campus freshmen, sophomores, exploratory/undeclared, readmitted, transfer, and special students to explore their interests, skills, and values as they complete their university studies, program admission requirements, and other first and second year coursework or declare a major.

Advisor assignments

The CAA manages primary and secondary advisor assignments for all undergraduate students. Students can find their advisor assignment in their E-Hive Student Center. Students who see "Assigned, Staff" for their advisor assignment should contact the CAA.

Primary advisors are notified via e-mail when a new student has been added to their roster. Advisors are asked to reach out to their new advisee(s) to introduce themselves and provide instructions for setting up an appointment with them.

Administering major, minor, degree, catalog year, and advisor changes

The CAA processes requests for major, minor, degree, catalog year, and advisor changes from undergraduate students. Forms to request a change can be found in Center for Academic Advising “Advising Forms”. Requests are processed within three to five business days of being submitted, and a confirmation is sent to students when the request has been processed.

Consultation and professional development for advisors across campus

The CAA staff are available to departments for consultation and to provide orientation and development opportunities and resources regarding advising best practices and policies.

Advising holds

The University places enrollment holds each semester to ensure that all undergraduate students discuss their course selections with their advisors before registration. Once the student has met with the advisor and had the course selection approved, the advisor will lift the enrollment hold. This allows the student to register for classes after the enrollment appointment time.

Who advises?

Faculty Advisors are central to UW-Superior's academic advising structure. All faculty with one year of service at the University and who have completed the new advisor orientation and training assume academic advising responsibilities. Faculty primarily advise juniors, seniors, and students admitted to specific academic programs. Faculty advisors also act as mentors for freshmen and sophomores.

Professional Academic Advisors in the Center for Academic Advisement work predominately with freshmen, sophomore, undeclared, readmitted, transfer, and non-degree seeking students. Additionally, the Center serves as a support resource to faculty advisors, facilitates advisor orientation and development, and plays a vital role in the retention efforts of the University.

Key Academic Staff in departments such as the Educational Success Center, Continuing Education, Educational Leadership, and the Office of International Programs also advise special student populations, and are listed as co-advisors in addition to the professional and faculty advisors for the students that they serve.

When to See Your Advisor? Top of Page

You should always see your advisor ASAP for:

  • Course troubles
  • Dropping courses or withdrawing
  • Changing/declaring a major or minor

Learning Outcomes Top of Page

The Center for Academic Advising’s learning outcomes align with the University of Wisconsin’s learning outcomes.


UW-Superior Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply modes, styles, and conventions of communication appropriate to the students’ work and their audience
  2. Identify the essential components of a work/presentation and describe their relationship to each other and to the broader context
  3. Clearly express themselves to achieve a purpose
  4. Civilly engage in an exchange of ideas integrating diverse perspectives

Advising Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge of technological resources and campus learning systems
    1. Ability to find information and register for courses in E-Hive
    2. Ability to login and find course information in D2L
    3. Ability to login to student email account
    4. Understanding of the importance of email at the official communication system of the Center for Academic Advising and UW-Superior

Individual and Social Responsibility

UW-Superior Learning Outcomes

  1. Engage in thoughtful analysis that fosters well-being and holistic self-development
  2. Articulate their roles and responsibilities in a global community
  3. Practice healthy interdependence and mutual respect for others through teamwork
  4. Demonstrate informed civic engagement, including intercultural competence as a dimension of the experience
  5. Apply ethical reasoning in their academic and community learning experiences

Advising Learning Outcomes

  1. Ability to set realistic personal, academic, and professional goals
  2. Knowledge and understanding of university policy and procedures
  3. Understanding of the purpose of higher education, liberal arts, and general education requirements
  4. Knowledge of campus resources and how to effectively utilize them to achieve personal, academic, and professional goals

Creative and Critical Thinking

UW-Superior Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate important theories, questions, theories, and creative processes
  2. Analyze information to answer specific questions
  3. Evaluate assumptions and biases associated with a project, practice, or process
  4. Consider multiple, diverse, and global perspectives to answer important questions or produce original work
  5. Use evidence to reach and present innovative conclusions or produce original work

Advising Learning Outcomes

  1. Understanding of degree progress using academic reports in E-Hive
  2. Ability to make effective decisions in regard to academic and career goals
  3. Ability to accept responsibility for personal and academic decisions

Return to Superior: Degree Completion at UW-Superior Top of Page

Return to Superior: Degree Completion at UW-Superior

Research shows* that college graduates earn more money and are more satisfied with their jobs compared to those without a college education. That's been especially true throughout the Great Recession and the recovery: those with the most education have the lowest unemployment rates and the highest income, but you know it's not just about the money. It's about expanding your mind and your horizons. It's about finishing something you started. It's about showing the world, and yourself, what you can do. No matter what led you to pause your education, what matters most now is your desire to move forward. So take the next step: Return to UW-Superior.

Return to UW-Superior is a program designed to help students who wish to complete a degree after an extended period of time. Students work with a professional academic advisor to develop a degree plan that incorporates students’ previously earned credits into a path to graduation.

Here's how to get started:

  • Contact your Return to Superior Coordinator
  • Decide your field of study, and whether you'll enroll on-campus or online
  • Submit a Reentry Application**
  • Send your official transcripts, if you completed any course work outside of UW-Superior
  • Register for classes with an advisor

*Research by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce

**Students who left UW-Superior on academic suspension will also need to file for reinstatement if planning on returning for Fall or Spring semesters. Simply complete a Petition for Reinstatement and return to the Registrar's Office.


Assist Program Top of Page

ASSIST (Academic Student Support Intervention for Success and Transition) is designed to be a collaborative tool that aides communication between students, academic advisors, and faculty. ASSIST is used by faculty, instructional staff, and other teaching staff to inform professional academic

Center for Academic Advising Contact Information Top of Page

Center for Academic Advising
University of Wisconsin - Superior
Old Main 134/135
Belknap and Catlin Ave.
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: 715-394-8515
Office Hours:
M-F 7:45am - 4:30pm