Advising at UW-Whitewater

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater recognizes the importance of academic advising and the impact it has on a student’s success. Advising plays a pivotal role in persistence, timely graduation, and ensuring students are efficiently completing their degrees in a cost-effective manner. In order to continue to provide exceptional advising for students, UW-Whitewater has identified advising as a key initiative in the University’s Strategic Plan. Below you will see the vision, mission, and goals that students will engage with throughout their advising experience at UW-Whitewater.

VISION STATEMENT: Academic Advising at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will center students in an intentional process that supports their learning efforts and experiences.

MISSION STATEMENT: Academic Advising at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater engages advisors and students in a relational process to define, plan, and achieve success. Academic Advising will use individualized care, collaborative partnerships, a centralized technology system, and data to achieve university-wide advising learning outcomes.


  • Support students beyond the singular scope of course planning by providing information regarding student success practices, developmental coaching, and academic standards
  • Articulate the value and purpose of a liberal arts education
  • Centralize access to student information for advisors to appropriately support students
  • Refer students to university resources that support their success
  • Consistently utilize shared technology to communicate, document, and analyze information

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Advisors are here to help students succeed, but advising is most effective when it is viewed as an on-going process in which students and advisors work as partners. We expect students to actively engage in the advising process and meet the following outcomes:


  • How to contact their assigned advisor
  • How to interpret the AAR


  • Utilize resources to identify classes that fulfill their degree requirements
  • Identify university services to support their wellbeing


  • Recognize the benefit of having a relationship with your academic advisor
  • Appreciate the value of a liberal arts education

For more information about the roles and responsibilities of the advisor and advisee, please the Advising Syllabus for your individual College.