Select Students To See Advising Changes In 2017-18

Select Students To See Advising Changes In 2017-18

Students who receive advising from the Southeast Asian-American Student Services, African American Student Academic Services, Roberto Hernandez Center, and American Indian Student Services will see some changes in the coming school year.

Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, The Office of Central Advising will serve as a central advising point to those previously served by these offices.

Emily Kuester, President of UWM’s Student Association says the changes students will see include:

  • The names and physical spaces of the offices will not be changed – multicultural offices are not being merged or eliminated. The advisors in the multicultural offices will still advise the particular identities of students that they currently advise.
  • Budgets in the multicultural offices will be maintained and in some cases increased, and the offices will be appropriately staffed.
  • The advisors in multicultural offices will advise primarily undecided students in their center’s specific student identity. When a student moves from undecided to intended or declared in a major, they will then be advised by an advisor in the school or college of that major. This is important because advisors in that field are better able to connect students with opportunities in their major, such as scholarships and internships. Students can still be advised by the advisors for in multicultural centers through appointments made by the student. This way, students can still connect with those on campus that better understand our experiences as students of color.
  • All current L&S  multicultural students who have between 56-87 credits will now be assigned to an advisor in Holton Hall.  This change occurred in July.
  • In the coming year, there will be additional advisors hired to advise undecided students that do not identify with one of the multicultural centers. Similarly, if a student who does identify with one of those four multicultural centers chooses to opt out of receiving advising from the multicultural offices, they will be advised by one of the newly hired advisors.

Kuester says these changes are happening with one goal in mind – to graduate more students who identify as Latinx/o/a, African American, Southeast Asian American, and American Indian. Research shows that centralized advising of undecided students is a best practice to increase retention and graduation rates of all identities. This method allows advisors to specialize in their specific field and for students to always have access to opportunities that will better help them graduate and get jobs upon graduation.