Faculty Handbook: Academic Responsibilities of Faculty
2.15  Academic Advising of Undergraduate Students

(from Academic Policy 1550.20)

Academic advising is an active, ongoing exchange between the advisers and students grounded in teaching and learning. Advising is based on students gaining accurate and appropriate information and direction to help make their educational experience relevant, coherent, and meaningful. It is a process that assists students in connecting with the University of Arkansas, making thoughtful decisions related to their academic experiences, and maximizing their educational and career opportunities. Quality academic advising is essential to achieving the University's vision for a "student-centered research university serving Arkansas and the world." While procedures may vary among schools and colleges, all successful academic advising should include the following:

  • A mutual respect between adviser and student with the student possessing final responsibility for successful completion of a degree.
  • A developmental and educational process that occurs over time.
  • Consideration of individual students’ interests, abilities, and needs.
  • A collaborative effort to connect students to campus resources and services.
  • Reasonable availability and accessibility to advisers.
  • Interpretation of University of Arkansas, college, and departmental rules and courses.
  • Achievement of student understanding of the purpose and nature of the university core courses.
  • Recommendation of appropriate courses.
  • Achievement of student understanding of and progress toward meeting academic requirements.
  • General information regarding career options and opportunities, with appropriate referrals as necessary.
  • Respect for students’ ethnic and racial heritage, age, gender, culture, national origin, sexual orientation, and religion, as well as their physical, learning, and psychological abilities.
  • An understanding of and adherence to laws and regulations that relate to academic advising.
  • Adherence to the highest principles of ethical behavior.

The University is committed to developing each student to his or her fullest potential. To this end, programs in each college have been established to improve the academic achievement and persistence of students on academic warning and other students in need of academic assistance. Such assistance is provided through a variety of instructional and informational services

Support services for students include many services directly related to performance in the classroom and laboratory, some of which are identified below.

The Career Development Center provides a comprehensive career development program with individual career counseling sessions focusing on all aspects of career development, including major and career selection, resume and interview preparation, and job/internship/graduate program search. We also offer classroom presentations (topics include: overview of career services, resume writing, interview skills, job-search) a professional development program, a career decision-making course, and employer networking events. For more information visit http://career.uark.edu/.

The mission of the Enhanced Learning Center (ELC) is to foster the intellectual development of the student community at the University of Arkansas. In collaboration with faculty, students and staff, the ELC provides programs and services to support every student’s academic pursuit. For more information visit http://elc.uark.edu/

The Center for World Languages, Literatures & Cultures is an audio/visual center designed to serve and support all students enrolled in language courses in the Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures. This particular lab is set up with 16 networked computers that support state-of-the-art class assignments throughout each semester. Additional equipment and materials include microphones and web cameras to support online or offline oral/aural activities, multi-region DVD/VHS players, a reservable smart room with multi-lingual satellite television, DVD/VHS players, and 20 wireless MacBook Pro laptops to support in-class chat-room and multimedia-based activities. Other portable equipment such as CD/tape players and portable laptop projection for faculty are available for teaching activities. This lab also supports innovative language learning activities in undergraduate and graduate level courses that include Web 2.0 and video development. Web 2.0 development, graphics and video editing software, as well as scanners, digital video cameras and CD and DVD burners are available to enhance the knowledge of our students in terms of either designing, developing and teaching with technology, or using and developing technology with the target language as the foundation of the material developed. For more information on the center visit http://languages.uark.edu/7760.php

The Math Resource and Teaching Center provides support for students in all 1000 and 2000 level mathematics classes. For more information and hours of operation visit http://mrtc.uark.edu/

Since 1984, the Quality Writing Center has been a free consulting service for students, faculty, and staff from all schools and colleges on campus, serving as a resource for any type of writing project. The goal of the Quality Writing Center is to assist students, staff, and faculty as they work to enhance their writing skills whatever that skill level may be. All aspects of writing from organization, coherence, and clarity to punctuation, grammar, usage, and style are taught. Instructors at the Center teach basic writing skills, help with research papers, theses, and dissertations as well as consult with faculty on writing-related issues. The Center does not, however, provide proofreading or editing services. The Quality Writing Center is located in Kimpel Hall 315 and 319 and in the Enhanced Learning Center in Gregson Hall. For more information visit http://qwc.uark.edu/.