CALS has been awarded two new undergraduate advisor positions through the Madison Initiatives for Undergraduates (MIU) program. “The primary purpose for the advisors will be to aid in the transition process for internal and external transfer students to explore majors in and out of CALS, and to support oversubscribed programs. It will also give us the flexibility to add the CALS undecided major,” explains Tom Browne, assistant dean in CALS Undergraduate Programs and Services.
In all, six schools and colleges were awarded 15 new academic and career advising positions through the MIU.
The MIU Oversight Committee allocated $1.5 million in ongoing funding in April 2010 to improve academic and career advising as part its overall goal of improving student services. The MIU Advising Working Group, a cross-campus committee of faculty and staff, then made recommendations on which proposals should receive funding for new advising programs after a yearlong review process.
The competitive proposal process was one of the working group’s four recommendations of concrete steps to improve the campus environment around advising. Proposals were sought that hired advisers who worked across units and across academic and career advising to better reflect the cross-disciplinary nature of modern higher education.