You and your academic advisor already have one big thing in common: you both want your CUW education to be an enormous success.
The relationship you build with your advisor is based on shared communication and responsibility. Although you’re ultimately responsible for the choices you make in college, we know that you’ll need some advice and mentoring along the way.
Your role in the advising partnership
- Take initiative - meet with your advisor
- Prepare for advising appointments
- Know and complete program requirements
- Have a long-range academic plan
- Maintain a file of advising materials
- Ask questions and always follow up
- Share information honestly
- Explore options
- Seek help before a situation escalates into a crisis
- Audit academic records frequently
Your advisor’s role in the advising partnership
- Provide accurate information
- Offer advice on picking classes
- Be available to meet each semester
- Interpret policies and procedures
- Listen to problems and concerns
- Make referrals for other services
- Help with goal setting
- Discuss academic performance
- Encourage career exploration
Who is responsible for monitoring my progress toward a degree?
Monitoring progress toward a degree is your responsibility. Academic advisors provide information and serve as consultants in the audit process, but you must understand degree requirements and know when and how those requirements will be satisfied.
We encourage you to use the Degree Evaluation tool located in the portal. This tool will audit your major, minor, and core requirements in addition to tracking grades, GPA, and other university requirements.
We also highly recommend that you file for an official degree evaluation with the Registrar after registering for your final year of courses (typically in April of your junior year).