Office of Academic Advising
The Office of Academic Advising promotes quality and effective academic advising by
serving as a readily accessible resource on all aspects of academic advising for the
Illinois Wesleyan University community.
- Develop a comprehensive and coordinated advising program that supports the distinct
nature of academic advising at IWU in the context of a liberal arts educational experience.
- Promote the academic success and progress of students at IWU by providing appropriate
developmental academic advising.
- Engage faculty in their academic advising and mentoring roles with students by providing
professional development opportunities.
- Support faculty advisors in their efforts to assist students in developing meaningful
educational plans consistent with their personal, academic, and career goals.
- Create a holistic advising experience by collaborating with campus resources.
- Facilitate the mutual understanding of the distinct roles, responsibilities, and expectations
of students and faculty in the advising relationship.
Academic Advising at IWU
Illinois Wesleyan University recognizes the importance of academic advising as a critical
aspect of the undergraduate educational experience for students. Academic advising
is a continual process whereby faculty advisors provide developmental academic support
and guidance for students throughout their college career. Advisors help students
learn responsibility and accountability for their academic progress and success while
building a mutual respect and mentoring relationship with them. Academic advising
assists students in developing an educational plan consistent with their values, personal
goals, and professional aspirations and fully exposes students to potential academic
and co-curricular opportunities.
Goals include helping students:
- Identify their strengths, abilities, interests, and values;
- Clarify their personal and professional, short and long term goals;
- Learn about the major exploration process;
- Identify the programs of study available at IWU;
- Understand specific curricular requirements and expectations and select appropriate
- Identify their academic advisor and the significance of the advising relationship;
- Develop decision making skills;
- Understand their responsibilities in the advising relationship;
- Recognize educational and experiential opportunities available at IWU (i.e. departmental
research, internships, study abroad experiences, tutoring, leadership and involvement
in student organizations, volunteer possibilities, etc.);
- Evaluate their progress towards earning a degree;
- Become familiar with and use appropriate campus support services.