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 their 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 new Student Success Center is a hub of academic resources for student success, including key spaces such as 360 Advising Studio, Writing Studio, SI Classrooms, Career Studio, and Learning Commons hosting tutoring, peer academic coaching, and mentoring. For more information about the Center and its resources, visit https://success.uark.edu/.

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:// http://career.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 provides access to PC computers equipped with webcams and microphones, video cameras, microphones, tripods for class use, digital international satellite television, and conversation space for language speaking practice. 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/

The Center for Educational Access (CEA) serves as the central campus resource for the University community for students with disabilities and accommodations to remove barriers to access. The CEA works with students individually and assist academic units to determine reasonable accommodations that will enable every student to have equal access to the full range of programs and services. For more information, visit https://cea.uark.edu.