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Center for Achievement, Retention, and Enrichment Services (CARES)

The CARES* Center, located on the second floor of Spieth Hall, provides UWA students with academic advising, career exploration, tutoring, study spaces, a computer lab, free printing, study halls, and access to the CARES Closet.


The CARES Closet is a free resource for any UWA student who needs semester-long laptop check-out, textbooks, school supplies, personal care items, and basic household supplies. It is confidential and anonymous to use. Just text (205) 973-4656 or contact one of the CARES staff. 


The Center is open from 8am-9pm Monday – Friday for tutoring and study.

Our advisors are available to speak with you 8am-5pm Monday – Friday.


If a faculty or staff member is concerned about a student or wishes to provide "kudos" for a job well-done, they can complete a Retention Report Form. The form is routed to the Director of Retention, and the student will be contacted by one of our staff to ensure the receive the support they need.


CARES Staff:


Ms. Andrea Farquhar


Office: Spieth Hall 229

Phone: (205) 652-3628

Email: afarquhar@uwa.edu


Mrs. LaSandra Tolbert


Office: Spieth Hall 228

Phone: (205) 652-3472

Email: spatrick@uwa.edu


Ms. Roxcanna Bradley

Advisor: College of Education and Pre-Nursing Majors

Office: Spieth Hall 224

Phone: (205) 652-5542

Email: rbradley@uwa.edu

Schedule a meeting


Ms. Ma'Kiyah Hall

Advisor: College of Liberal Arts and College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Office: Spieth Hall 225

Phone: (205) 652-3501

Email: mhall@uwa.edu

Schedule a meeting


Mr. Wes Watkins

Advisor: College of Business and Division of Technology

Office: Spieth Hall 226

Phone: (205) 652-3495

Email: wwatkins@uwa.edu

Schedule a meeting



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.


Advising Process:

UWA uses a split advising model. Incoming 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 prior to UWA orientation and at least twice each semester. Each meeting aims to assist students in identifying their academic goals and identifying the resources and activities that can help them achieve those goals.

Incoming students will be evaluated at the end of their second full semester for readiness to begin working with a faculty advisor. Faculty advisors can provide students with information on opportunities within their major, along with graduate schools and/or career options in their chosen fields. They may also assist students in developing a professional network.



Retaining and graduating students is a key focus of the University of West Alabama. The University employs many services, programs, and initiatives to increase student retention and improve graduation rates, and all faculty and staff play a part. It is the faculty, staff, and students that make true the motto that "There is something about this place."


*CARES is funded through a grant from the US Department of Education

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