Advisor & Advisee Expectations

Our Expectations of Students

  • Examine and attempt to clarify your interests, values, and abilities as you define your educational goals and develop your educational plan.
  • Be willing to share what you discover. This does not mean all of your questions or ideas must be perfectly formulated. We understand that this is an ongoing process.
  • Develop an educational plan, including long-term and short-term goals, that takes into account your interests, values, and abilities while ensuring timely academic progress towards your UWM degree.
  • Attend every class session. If you need to miss a class, you should contact your instructor beforehand to inform them of your absence. In the event of an emergency you should contact your instructor(s) as soon as possible.
  • Take primary and increasing responsibility for your academic decisions. This means that if you skip a class or register for courses late, you must accept the outcomes of your decisions.
  • Meet with your Pathway advisor at least twice every semester. There are many ways to accomplish this – we can meet in-person, over the phone, or through online methods.
  • Check your UWM email at least once per day and respond professionally from your email account.
  • View your PAWS account regularly for any holds, financial obligations, or to-do items.

What You Can Expect From Your Pathway Advisor

  • I will provide you with my best possible service.
  • I will be reasonably and predictably accessible to you via multiple channels of communication and will respond to your messages within two to three business days.
  • I will be your first point of contact for any questions you have but do not know whom to ask.
  • I will create a reflective, supportive, and safe environment for you to communicate, think aloud, and explore academic ideas.
  • I will focus my questioning and inquiry on refining and improving your learning both about yourself and your opportunities at UWM, while respecting who you are and where you come from.
  • I will stay current with UWM degree requirements, academic programs and policies, and campus resources, and make useful referrals to other departments and offices as necessary.
  • I will support the final decisions you make about your higher education even if those decisions are at odds with my professional opinion or judgement.
  • I will advocate for your best interests within the boundaries of federal, university, and departmental policies.