Career & Leadership Development

Advisor Tools / Expectations

There are currently more than 230 student organizations and approximately 200 UW-W employees recognized as serving as Faculty/Staff advisors as required by the UW-W Student Organization Policy.

The goals of this concept are:

  • Foster academic success of students involved outside the classroom
  • Clearly define the expectations of those serving as advisors and
  • Create a framework for faculty/staff to actively foster connections and relationships that will improve the overall experience, retention and success of our students and their organizations.

Key Points:

  • Those University employees serving as advisors are called Campus Advisors and their expectations are listed below. They focus on the academic support of those involved and the connection to the University.
  • Each University employee may serve as the Campus Advisor to a maximum of 3 groups.
  • For SUF funded organizations that have a Campus Advisor who serves in a voluntary capacity, the C&LD staff will assume the responsibility in working directly with the student leaders to access and manage their SUF funded account.

Advising Roles Defined

Meets Expectations

  • annually commits to serve as advisor through organization recognition / renewal process
  • works to facilitate learning among student participants
  • assists and advises the organization in ways to improve student academic performance
  • attends occasional general member meetings
  • meets monthly with officers to discuss organization needs and issues
  • assists and advises the organization in ways that align with the LEAP initiatives, to improve understanding of co-curricular value, application and individual learning

Exceeds Expectations

  • attends organization recognition / renewal meeting
  • assists and advises the organization in campus financial processes (unless a component of job description)
  • creates programs/offers to assist group in goal setting, assessment and annual transition process
  • attends majority of general member meetings

Advising Role Does Not Include:

  • Advising more than 3 groups (unless University or Departmentally Assigned)
  • Attending organization recognition/renewal and completing of process on behalf of organization
  • Making financial decisions and/or expenditures on behalf of organization, especially without member input
  • Scheduling and/or running general member meetings