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What are Student Learning Outcomes?

Student learning outcomes (SLOs) describe what students are expected to know, do and appreciate as a result of the academic advising experience (Boston & Joslin, 2014).

1. Focusing on the learner/advisees and approaching our work from an Advising is Teaching framework.

2. Based on three domains of learning - cognitive, affective and psychomotor

As a result of the academic advising experience, 

What do we want students to know? (cognitive)

What do we want students to do? (skills/psychomotor)

What do we want students to value and appreciate? (affective)


As a result of the academic advising experience, students will

1. Understand the advising partnership

  • Advisee expectations and responsibilities
  • Advisor role and responsibilities

2. Discover and reflect on strengths, values and aspirations in order to clarify academic interest

  • Select majors appropriate for their skills, interests and abilities
  • Be aware of and utilize relevant university resources and opportunities

3. Navigate through university systems and processes 

  • MyUW
  • Degree planning tools
  • Registration
  • Scheduling advising appointments

4. Know the importance of higher education to build the foundation for lifelong learning

  • Purpose of general education requirements and electives
  • Purpose of campus involvement
  • Purpose of community engagement