The University of West Alabama believes advising is a holistic approach to the development of the student through a mutual academic relationship between the advisor and the student, which includes academic advising, career exploration, and identification of campus and community resources.
The mission of advising is to foster a personalized partnership between student and advisor that promotes active and responsible learning. Our purpose is also to facilitate student ownership of their educational experience and assist students in identifying and clarifying academic, career, and personal goals.
UWA uses a split model of advising, using both a centralized advising system as well as faculty advising. Generally, incoming students (freshmen and transfer students with less than 24 credit hours) are assigned a CARES Advisor who works closely with each student. Students meet with their advisor at least twice each semester and during the pre-registration period. Each meeting aims to assist students in identifying resources and activities that help them formulate goals and develop a plan to achieve those goals. CARES Advisors use the Appreciative Advising philosophy in working with students.
Incoming students will be evaluated at the end of their second full semester (i.e., a traditional student that starts in the fall term will meet with CARES and a faculty advisor in the spring term to register for the second full semester) to determine if they continue with their CARES Advisor or begin working with a faculty advisor. While CARES Advisors work with students to formulate goals and develop a plan to meet those goals, faculty advisors are more specialized in their fields and can begin assisting students in accomplishing their set goals. Faculty advisors can provide students with information on graduate schools and/or career options in their chosen fields. They may also assist students in developing a professional network in their respective areas of interest.
Dr. Angel Jowers, Director of Retention and Institutional Research
Office: Spieth Hall 229
Ms. Roxcanna Bradley, Advisor/Retention Specialist for College of Education
Office: Spieth Hall 224
Ms. Ma'Kiyah Hall, Advisor/Retention Specialist for College of Business & Division of Engineering Technology
Office: Spieth Hall 225
Mrs. Morgan Shelton, College Navigator and Advisor for College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Office: Spieth Hall 227
Mrs. LaSandra Tolbert, Retention Services Coordinator/Secretary
Office: Spieth Hall 228
Mr. Wes Watkins, Advisor/Retention Specialist for College of Liberal Arts
Office: Spieth Hall 226