Academic Advising

Academic Advising Statement

Academic Advising at Cardinal Stritch University helps students achieve their academic, personal, and career goals by providing a collaborative and supportive advisor/advisee relationship that is rooted in the Franciscan values and the Cardinal Stritch University mission. Academic advisors empower Stritch students to meet their full academic potential by providing consistent and accurate information and access to resources and encouragement.  Students should work closely with their advisors to connect their strengths to their educational pathways, discuss academic and career goals, and get connected to University resources that will impact their academic success.   Academic Advising is most effective when all participants are proactive, engage in the learning process, and reflect on their results.

The Academic & Career Advising office is a part of the Student Success Center and is located on the first floor of Bonaventure Hall.

Professional academic advisors in the Academic & Career Advising office provide advising to all traditional students, along with faculty or departmental advisors, in a dual advising model.  Advising is focused on students who are freshmen, undeclared or at-risk.  Academic advisors in the Advising office also provide comprehensive advising to all adult students in the College of Business & Management and Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences evening and online programs.

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Advisor Responsibilities

As an advisor you are expected to ...

  • Be available and prepared for student appointments
  • Use active listening skills to guide students to make informed decisions.
  • Consider the individuality and diversity of each student as we work to develop the most appropriate plan for the student.
  • Be knowledgeable about policies and procedures to empower the student to navigate his/her educational path and grow in independence.
  • Share accurate and relevant information regarding courses that will lead students towards degree or program completion

Students Responsibilities

As an advisee you are expected to . ..

  • Initiate and maintain contact with your advisor(s)
  • Be on time and come prepared to each appointment with questions, topics, and materials for discussion.
  • Actively work on clarifying your academic interests, abilities, values, and career goals.
  • Accept responsibility for your academic and personal decisions and how these will impact your degree or program completion.
    • Use your tools and resources, advisor consultations, and course catalog to help you make informed choices.
    • Proactively ask for help when confronted with academic, career, or personal concerns
    • Ask questions and let your advisor know when you don’t understand items discussed.

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Meet with An Advisor

To make an appointment to meet with a Student Success Center advisor in the Office of Academic & Career Advising:

Call 414-410-4663
Come to the Student Services Desk in Bonaventure Hall

The Office of Academic Advising can assist you with:

  • Major Exploration
  • How to declare a major
  • Degree and general education requirements
  • Course planning
  • Academic policies, regulations and petitions
  • Options if you are having academic difficulty

For more information about Cardinal Stritch University's Advisors, click here.

What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student's educational records. It limits the type of student information that may be released without a student's permission. It also helps to ensure accuracy in any educational records that are maintained on a student.  Academic Advisors will never speak to others about your protected information without written consent.  If you would like someone else (parent, spouse, etc) to speak to University officials regarding your academic, financial or disciplinary information, you may fill out the Authorization to Release Information form located here.