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Academic Advising As Defined in the UW-Eau Claire
Faculty-Staff Handbook

Because academic advising is an important component of a student’s academic experience, the University has established a system of faculty and academic staff advising intended to bring each student into a friendly, helpful relationship with a faculty or academic staff member who shares the student’s academic or professional interests. Any teaching member of the faculty or academic staff may be asked to serve as an academic adviser to a number of students who have elected a major or minor in the faculty or academic staff member’s department.

Adviser responsibility. Major advisers are expected to be available to their advisees by maintaining a reasonable number of office hours and by providing other appropriate means of communication. Major advisers are responsible for
a) monitoring their advisees’ progress towards the fulfillment of all applicable degree requirements and for b) providing ongoing consultation for students on such matters as course selection, work-load, academic achievement, and development of a comprehensive, long-range academic and career plan. Major advisers should also attempt to help their advisees with personal concerns through referrals to appropriate services.

Major advisers are expected to initiate meetings with new advisees and to monitor closely freshmen advisees and those who are experiencing academic difficulties. Advisers are expected to be knowledgeable about the requirements of a particular major, the General Education program, academic policies and regulations of the University, and sources of assistance such as Advising, Career Services, the Academic Skills Center, and Counseling Center.

Major advisers are required to sign all program and schedule changes during the student’s freshman and sophomore years, and all course withdrawals throughout the student’s undergraduate career.