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Mission, Goals, and Learning Outcomes


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, places academic advising within the teaching/learning mission of the institution and recognizes it to be a critical component of students’ educational experience and undergraduate success. Faculty, professional academic advisors and administrators promote academic advising as a shared responsibility with students. Academic advising serves to develop and enrich students’ educational plans in ways that are consistent with their aspirations, interests, strengths, and values—preparing them for a life of learning in a diverse and global society.

Values that Guide Academic Advising

  • Advising integrates self-exploration, career exploration, academic planning, experience learning, and leadership targeted to students’ aspirations, interests, strengths, and values
  • Advising includes faculty who are expert mentors in their disciplines and professions
  • Advising involves a team that includes academic advisors, student success, faculty mentors, and career development professionals seamlessly working together on the common goal of supporting the development and success of UT students
  • Advising focuses on a collaborative and student-centric problem solving process
  • Advising includes professional academic advisors who help students navigate the institution, develop academic plans, and connect to university and community resources
  • Advising depends on a robust program of academic advisor development with career paths
  • Advising provides the context and opportunity for students to engage in self-authorship, make meaning of their experiences, and assume responsibility for their futures.

University Academic Advising Goals

  • to foster a campus culture that supports academic advising as a shared responsibility essential to the educational experience and student success
  • to assist students in self-exploration
  • to assist in the development of educational plans that are consistent with students’ aspirations, interests, strengths, and values
  • to encourage holistic engagement with the college experience (academically, socially, culturally, and professionally) preparing students for a life of learning in a diverse and global society

Academic Advising Student Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate that they know

  • curricular requirements, academic standards, and academic milestones related to an intended/chosen academic program in order to graduate in a timely fashion
  • university and college academic policies and procedures
  • the career and professional development opportunities available as well as on-campus support for the identification and exploration of experience learning, leadership, and career paths
  • campus resources, programs, and support systems that promote academic success

Students will demonstrate they can

  • develop an academic plan and assess degree progress through graduation
  • critically reflect upon academic and career goals
  • develop skills and strategies for academic success that include using institutional resources, policies, and procedures
  • take responsibility for making decisions regarding their academic success

Academic Advising Process Outcomes

  • All students will have an assigned professional academic advisor
  • All students will have the opportunity to schedule a substantive advising appointment during any semester requiring advising previous to their registration date
  • Faculty, professional academic advisors, career development staff, and alumni will serve as undergraduate mentors
  • All students will have the opportunity to participate in a university-wide advising assessment every year
  • All students will have the opportunity to participate in college-specific advising assessments every year
  • All professional advisors and advising leadership will participate in a comprehensive professional development program.
  • All professional academic advisors will utilize current university technology for academic planning, student data, advising notes, advising appointment campaigns, student communication and holistic case management (early alert, tutoring, referrals, etc.)
  • Professional academic advisors and faculty mentors will participate in a college/departmental evaluation/feedback process as part of their annual review