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Most full-time undergraduate academic advisers at the UW are professional staff. College and departmental advisers interpret requirements and help students define and achieve their academic goals. Many advisers have additional responsibilities such as preparing time schedule information, supervising internship programs, and working closely with the department chair.

The list of undergraduate advisers includes over 200 names. Of these, many are professional staff counselors, most of them employed full-time. Other departments may have graduate students supervised by faculty or operating independently, classified staff supervised by faculty or operating independently, or professional advisers supervising graduate students or peer advisers. The role and extent of their involvement in advising varies greatly.

While many students are assigned advisers from particular departments, based on their needs, they may choose to work with one or more advisers in various offices around campus. A student’s ideal educational team will include both general and department/college advising.

Undergraduate Advising offers training and professional development opportunities for all new and continuing UW advisers. We also provide policy interpretation, guidance, and trouble-shooting for campus advisers. Advisers are encouraged to call our office for assistance at any time.

Adviser Education Program (AEP)

The Adviser Education Program at the UW offers a series of workshops on topics of professional interest to campus advisers.

Each quarter, AEP offers 4-hour Advising Basics workshops for new advisers, covering such topics as advising resources and tools, FERPA (Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act) regulations, UW requirements, and transfer credit evaluation. For experienced UW advisers, AEP offers 12-hour Master Adviser workshops covering more advanced topics such as advising models and styles, transfer advising, academic progress and graduation policies, as well as a number of presentations from campus student services offices. 

Advisers who complete both workshops, attend four other advising-related workshops, and write a report detailing what they learned in each workshop will earn a certificate of completion, will be listed on the AEP website.

Association of Professional Advisers and Counselors (APAC)

The UW Association of Professional Advisers and Counselors was formed in the 1970s to provide opportunities for campus advisers to meet and discuss issues of current interest. A newsletter and monthly meetings are devoted to the professional development of advisers. APAC sponsors an annual Adviser of the Year award, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and a scholarship program. APAC also organizes a Summer Summit to bring advisers together in order to create community and discuss issues affecting students and advisers.

Professional Staff Organization

The PSO represents the more than 6800 professional staff at the University of Washington, including advisers and counselors. They have members on a number of University committees, communicate with UW administration and state legislators, produce a quarterly newsletter, fund a scholarship and a grant program for professional development, and offer brown bags and other meetings on topics of interest to professional staff.

All Advisers Meeting

Each autumn and spring quarter UAA Advising hosts a half-day meeting for advisers from across campus. The agenda and related documents from previous meetings are available for review.

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) offers regional and national meetings for college academic advisers and a journal of scholarly research and writing. NACADA also offers an assessment institute, an administrators’ institute, and a summer institute for advisers. The summer institute is designed for individuals or teams who have responsibility for academic advising, and utilizes an effective interation of expert group presentations with small group discussions, workshops, and topical sessions led by skilled practitioners and organized by institutional type.

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Email lists

This is a closed, unmoderated list that includes most UW academic advisers on all three campuses, as well as many UW employees in the broad area of "student services" — the Office of the Registrar, Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Center, etc. A number of faculty members also subscribe. Note that "advisers" is spelled with an "e." To send an email message to the list, address the message to

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This is a closed, unmoderated list, which includes many of the UW employees who subscribe to, and many academic advisers at Washington community colleges. It is intended to be an open forum in which advisers can ask policy and procedure questions of general interest, and engage in discussions of topics of interest. The list is managed by staff from the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising and the Office of Admissions.

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Statement of Ethics and Standards

1. Advisers and counselors should provide equal access to their services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, in accordance with University policy.

2. Advisers and counselors should strive to maintain the trust and confidence invested in them by students and others. 

a. They shall respect the confidential nature of any information as far as legally possible. 

b. They shall not engage in any form of harassment of advisees. 

c. They shall avoid conflict of interest caused by multiple relationships.

3. Advisers and counselors should promote the goals and values of higher education as they interact with students. 

a. They shall act as student advocate whenever that serves a student’s best educational interests. 

b. They shall not assist students in circumventing the regulations or policies of the University of Washington or state/federal law.

4. Advisers and counselors should strive to provide the highest level of professional service to students, staff, faculty, and the community. 

a. They shall make all reasonable efforts to maintain good relations with individuals, organizations, and institutions inside and outside the University. 

b. They shall maintain current knowledge of rules, regulations, procedures, and information affecting their students. 

c. They shall maintain a commitment to ongoing training and development.

5. Advisers and counselors should recognize the extent of their professional qualifications and authority. For example, they should try to maintain an inventory of campus and community agents for common referrals and make appropriate referrals when necessary.