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What is Advising?

Department of Psychology Advising Mission Statement

Our philosophy of advising is to help students find direction in their academic careers, chart a course for getting to their intended academic and professional destinations, work through any roadblocks they may encounter on the way, then help them recognize their accomplishments and how far they have come on their journey.

Advising Responsibilities

Student Responsibility (From the UW-Eau Claire Catalogue)
It is the responsibility of all advisees to:

  • Take the initiative in seeking advising and, with the aid of their advisers, develop a degree plan.
  • Understand and fulfill all degree requirements.
  • Understand academic policies and become familiar with important deadlines.
  • Learn to read and use the degree audit.
  • Meet regularly with an adviser to confer on educational matters, including long range academic and career planning, use of the portfolio, personal interests and abilities, course selection and choice of major(s), work load, withdrawing from class, and problems related to academic achievement.
  • Prepare thoroughly for those appointments.
  • Use appropriate student services: i.e., career planning, counseling, tutoring, services for students with disabilities, and other resources available at the university.

Advisor Responsibility (From the UW-Eau Claire Faculty Handbook)
It is the responsibility of advisors to:

  • Be available to their advisees, maintaining a reasonable number of office hours and communicating by other appropriate means.
  • Initiate meetings with new advisees and to monitor closely freshman advisees and those who are experiencing academic difficulties.
  • Meet with all advisees during the student's freshman and sophomore years and with juniors and seniors in academic difficulty prior to registration and sign all course withdrawals throughout the student's undergraduate career.
  • Help their advisees to develop and implement a comprehensive, long-range academic and career plan and to understand the relationship between the curriculum and their future plans.
  • Work with advisees to discuss their progress towards their degree and provide consultation for students on such matters as course selection, academic achievement, and balancing work, school, and co-curricular activities.
  • Address advisees’ concerns by referring them to appropriate student services.
  • Be knowledgeable about the requirements of a particular major, the General Education program, specific degree requirements, academic policies and regulations of the university.
  • Remind their advisees of the importance of putting documents into their university assessment portfolio and help students understand the value of their liberal arts based education.


Peer Advisors

The Psychology department has a peer advising service that Psychology Majors and Minors may find very helpful. Helping students make the most of their time at UWEC is their goal.

Peer advising does not replace meeting with your faculty advisor. However, time spent with a peer advisor might free up time during your meetings with your faculty advisor to discuss your specific situation, or perhaps, discuss your career aspirations or future academic goals with your faculty advisor.

Peer advisors provide a number of valuable services. They can…·

  • Discuss the requirements and options for majoring and minoring in Psychology
  • Discuss course sequencing
  • Help you review your degree audit
  • Review your proposed course selections for an upcoming semester, prior to your meeting with your faculty advisor
  • Help with some registration concerns
  • Help you learn about constructing a topical minor 
  • Learn how to...
    • get involved in faculty-student research collaborations
    • Investigate graduate school options
    • Learn about study abroad opportunities
  • Help you explore...
    • Volunteering
    • Internship
    • Part-time job opportunities

There are a number of situations where it is a good idea to see one of the peer advisors prior to meeting with your faculty advisor.  So stop by and say "hi" to your peer advisors--They're here for you!!!

Updated Fall 2014