Advising Mission Statement & Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement for Academic Advising at WFU:

Through an engaged and collaborative partnership between students and advisers, academic advising helps students develop their potential as whole persons.  This occurs through intentional educational planning and decision-making that values: exploring the liberal arts; investing in areas of intellectual curiosity and meaning; fostering a spirit of Pro Humanitate; and practicing personal responsibility, integrity, and well-being.

In order to help lower-division advisers towards these goals, the Office of Academic Advising would like to present the following advising outcomes that are consistent with our Mission Statement. These outcomes can be broken down into three categories:

Cognitive   |   Behavioral   |   Affective

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Some of these outcomes are short-term (e.g., access degree evaluation at least once per semester) and some are longer-term (e.g., articulate the value of the liberal arts). Affective outcomes are likely to be especially long-term to develop.

For some outcomes, advising is central [e.g., know academic requirements (e.g., basic, divisional, QR, CD); know how to use the degree evaluation form & understand importance of doing so]. For others, especially behavioral and affective outcomes and longer-term outcomes, advising is expected to play a part.  In other words, it is not expected that advisers are solely responsible for such outcomes.  It is acknowledged that actualization of outcomes depends heavily on advisee responsibility, and will be influenced by many others in the advisee’s Wake Forest community. Nonetheless, lower-division advisers play an important role and stating these outcomes can provide direction to advisers about information to cover and conversations to have.

If you have any questions about these outcomes, or where to get information concerning these outcomes, please contact Karen Bennett or Christy Buchanan by email or at 336-758-3320.