We’re reaching out to inform you of changes in advising that have been taking shape.
- As some of you know very well, first-year students who have not chosen a major are now advised using a “pathway” approach (called “metamajors”) and are advised by our new Office of Central Advising (OCA). “Metamajors” are used by many other universities to help ensure students take useful, relevant credits while they are deciding on a major; these sorts of pathways have been shown to reduce debt and time to graduation.
- Students who had been receiving academic advising in the multicultural centers are now assigned to academic advisors in the school or college housing their major. Staff in the multicultural offices will now have more time for holistic support, including holding individual meetings, developing new approaches to campus outreach, and providing students with a community in the center. This change is an important investment that brings UWM up to speed with national best practices. The multicultural offices will have the same capacity to support students who have self-identified as a member of one or more of the communities represented by the multicultural offices. These students will find a holistic advisor listed in Navigate; if you do not see a holistic advisor listed for you, please visit the office where you currently receive support, or would like to. The offices are described and linked from here: https://uwm.edu/advising/multicultural-student-offices-and-center/.
Just a reminder that there are also many other resources available to students across the campus. We invite you to explore!
- Student Success Center: Peer mentoring, tutoring, and supplemental instruction.
- Navigate: Online scheduling with advisors.
- Military and Veterans Resource Center: Resources and community partnerships.
- Norris Health Center: Medical and mental health care; health promotion programs.
- University Counseling: Group, couple, and individual counseling as well as crisis intervention.
- LGBT Resource Center: Dedicated to providing an affirming and welcoming educational environment for all students.
- Women’s Resource Center: Empowering women, ending gender violence, and establishing gender equity.
- Inclusive Excellence Center: Dedicated to working with and promoting diversity, equity, and social justice on campus.
- Student Involvement: Your one-stop shop for events, involvement opportunities, and student organizations.
Alyssa Molinski, Student Association President
Johannes Britz, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
NOTE: This message was sent to all UWM Students on March 5, 2019