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The University of Washington Tacoma advisors recognize academic advising to be a critical component of the educational experience of its undergraduate students. Through individual, collaborative relationships with academic advisors, students are best able to define and implement sound educational plans that are consistent with their personal values, goals and career plans. While academic advising occurs most visibly in these individual relationships, a broad network of professionals, faculty, staff and students exists in support of the institution's overall mission.

UW Tacoma Advisor Guidelines

UW Tacoma Advisor Guidelines

Academic advisors at the University of Washington Tacoma are accountable to the individuals they advise, to themselves and their professional practice, to UW Tacoma as a community of higher education, and for involving others in fostering student success.

These accountabilities are fulfilled when advisors:

  1. Inform students of institutional and program graduation requirements to ensure timely persistence to graduation.  Advocate for students when circumstances warrant.
  2. Collaborate with colleagues to ensure student needs are understood and students are connected to relevant resources.
  3. Strengthen student capability in making appropriate academic decisions by delivering advising that is appropriate to the student’s developmental stage and respecting the decisions the student makes.
  4. Model professional behavior, ethical conduct, and appropriate behaviors.
  5. Educate stakeholders about the integral role advisors play in student success and build bridges of support for academic advising.
  6. Develop cultural competency to ensure all backgrounds are understood and valued.
  7. Participate actively in professional development opportunities and share their expertise with others in the campus advising community.
  8. Strive for innovative thinking, intellectual curiosity, and attention to self-care.

Mission, Vision, Values

Mission
The University of Washington Tacoma advisors recognize academic advising to be a critical component of the educational experience of its undergraduate students. Through individual, collaborative relationships with academic advisors, students are best able to define and implement sound educational plans that are consistent with their personal values, goals and career plans. While academic advising occurs most visibly in these individual relationships, a broad network of professionals, faculty, staff and students exists in support of the institutions overall advising mission.

Vision
Academic advisors at the University of Washington Tacoma empower students of all backgrounds to utilize the full range of resources and opportunities at the University of Washington Tacoma in order to enrich their personal and intellectual growth. We envision an advising office that creates a positive climate of respect and cooperation between adviser and student as well as between advisers themselves. This relationship will help maximize the student’s academic experience and broaden their sense of possibility for their future. We possess a vision to be a leader in the advising community in regard to setting the standard of best practices and being a model institution for others.

Values

  • Support student achievement of the student learning outcomes determined by the UWT advisors and hold a commitment to learning for a lifetime.
  • Be responsible to and respectful of the individual student.
  • Encourage commitment to lifetime learning by directing students toward opportunities to interpret, reflect upon, and apply their classroom experiences in ways relevant to their careers and their lives.
  • Interpret and convey the University of Washington Tacoma mission to students.
  • Support the educational policies, procedures and values of the department, college and university; likewise, academic advising relies on the support and resources of the university, college and department.
  • Involve other university programs, services and individuals, when appropriate in the advising process.
  • Be responsible for professional academic advising, training, development and practices

Professional Organizations
NACADA, National Academic Advising Association
CAS, Council for the Advancement of Standards (in Higher Education)
NACE, National Association of Colleges and Employers
WSAC, Washington Student Achievement Council

Publications
NACADA Journal & NACADA Clearinghouse
NSSE, National Survey for Student Engagement
"Professional Competencies for College and University Career Services Practitioners"
Project Muse - Books on articles for the higher education professional
CAS Standards for Advising