The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) Advising Center serves all pre-majors and freshmen in CLAS. The primary purpose of the Center is providing academic advising using a developmental model. Using a developmental model approach, Academic Advisors in the Center work with students so that students develop the knowledge, skills and personal accountability needed to explore their academic and co-curricular options, evaluate and track their own progress toward graduation, access support and enrichment services, and understand and follow university policies and timelines. Advising services encompass a range of interactions with students from individual and small group meetings to email and social media, among others.
The Center provides support to first-generation college students and transfer students, interventions for at-risk students and referrals to appropriate support services. Advisors in the center also support the UCLAS Learning Community in several ways, including teaching Freshman Seminar Classes.
Services for the entire College include: coordinating advising for orientation of new students, coordinating the College 49er Rebound initiative, teaching the Student Success Seminar for 49er Rebound, providing General Education checks, serving as the first point of contact for advising for students transitioning to majors within and outside of the College.
The entry-level academic advisor is primarily an implementer of a developmental advising model that involves a tailored series of interactions and communications using advising tools and systems designed to address the specific needs of the students served by the CLAS Advising Center. This tailored, developmental approach acknowledges that individual student profiles and those of student cohorts may differ not only at the onset of the student academic experience, but throughout their academic career. The advisor must have the experience, education, and background necessary to serve the educational function of an advisor, however he or she is doing so in a context developed by the Center and in collaboration with more experienced colleagues and the Director. Specific functional areas include:
• Academic advising
• Orientation and outreach
• Targeted advising
• Other duties as assigned