What Is Academic Advising?
Academic advising is a collaborative learning process in which students, with the support of their advisors, design and enact a plan that will enable them to efficiently complete graduation requirements, to identify and pursue their educational and personal learning goals, and to gain the knowledge and skills needed to be lifelong learners and to prepare for a professional life beyond their degrees.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has utilized materials from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) to develop it’s advising vision.
Learning Objectives of Academic Advising
By participating in the collaborative learning process of academic advising, you will:
- Take responsibility for your decisions and reflect upon how those decisions affect your success, either positively or negatively.
- Improve your decision-making skills by gathering resources, considering options, and evaluating consequences.
- Be able to identify transferrable skills developed in the classroom and how they apply to future educational or career settings.
- Clearly articulate your goals.
- Identify the challenges you face and consider your ability to resolve, adapt to, or avoid those challenges in the future.
- Find strategies to help you balance the responsibilities of school, work, family, and social expectations.
- Take advantage of university resources so that you take primary and increasing responsibility for your academic success.
- Better understand your strengths, weaknesses, and potential so that you are prepared for life beyond UIS.
- Understand the value of asking timely questions and being able to articulate your needs.
- Develop a plan that results in an efficient and complete degree.
- Define short-term and long-term goals as well as strategies to achieve those goals.
- Understand the value of the general education and ECCE requirements.
- Regularly assess your progress toward degree completion.