UW-Madison: Academics: Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Advising

Academic advising is an integral part of undergraduate education. Students should become familiar with advising resources available on campus. One place to start is the student academic affairs office at the school or college. Another is the Cross-College Advising Service. Both offices have information about selecting a major, interpreting regulations and requirements, graduate programs, and career opportunities. Much of the information also is available in print.

Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS)
The Advising Compact
Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
Career Advising and Planning Services (CAPS)

Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS)

The Cross-College Advising Service is a campuswide advising service designed for undergraduate students who are undecided about a major and want to explore the many academic opportunities on campus. CCAS will also assist students who are considering changing majors or who have not been admitted to limited-enrollment programs and need to explore other options. CCAS advisers are knowledgeable about all the programs and majors offered by the nine undergraduate schools and colleges on campus.

CCAS is located in 10 Ingraham Hall (formerly the Commerce Building) and is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with additional evening hours to be determined. The CCAS office is open during the lunch hour. For the convenience of students, CCAS operates additional satellite offices in the residence halls and student unions. Satellite offices are open evenings and weekends.

For more information, call 608/265-5460.

The Advising Compact

Both students and advisers have responsibilities regarding advising. Although each school and college on the UW-Madison campus provides advising to students in its own way, the following responsibilities on the part of advisers and students are understood.

Students are responsible for: Advisers are responsible for:

Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)

The Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) is part of UW-Madison's commitment to improve academic advising for undergraduate students. It is a powerful advising tool that combines the accuracy and efficiency of computer technology with the personal wisdom and insight of skilled advisers. It is an automated reflection of a student's academic progress toward completion of a degree.

Currently in the test phase in several schools and colleges, DARS is available to students at any time in their undergraduate degree program. It shows what requirements have already been completed and what requirements remain unsatisfied. It can offer suggestions about appropriate courses that may be taken to meet specific requirements. For students who want to explore possible options in other schools/colleges, or other majors within a school/college, DARS offers "what if" scenarios that allow them to see how completed or in-progress courses may be used in different degree programs.

DARS is not intended to replace students' contact with academic advisers. It encourages a more beneficial relationship between student and adviser because valuable advising time is not lost calculating how courses and credits fit into requirements. The quick and thorough analysis provided by DARS allows more time in an advising appointment to discuss possible course options, research opportunities, plans for graduate school, or issues of personal interest or concern to students. Students should check with their dean's office or the Registrar to learn whether or not their college or school is ready to provide them with a DARS report and, if available, how they can request one.

Career Advising and Planning Services (CAPS)

Career Advising and Planning Services (CAPS) provides graduating students and alumni from Letters & Sciences and Human Ecolgy with career information. CAPS assists with planning and implementing a job search process and making career decisions. CAPS also provides graduating students with possibilities to interview on campus with prospective employers. Office services include individual appointments, group workshops, overnight resume review, and an extensive career library. CAPS is located at 905 University Avenue, Room 160, 608/262-3921.

Career advising and information are also available through some schools, colleges, and departments. For details, students should check with their academic advisers.


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