The mission of academic advising at UNLV is to assist students by collaborating with them in identifying and pursuing their educational goals, providing accurate and timely information, and promoting student responsibility and accountability for their academic success. The Urban Affairs Advising Center was selected as the "Student's Choice" Academic Advising Center of the Year in 2017 and 2018. The college was selected by the results of a survey that was sent out to the entire UNLV student population. This survey was administered by the Rebel Voice Commission, an academic advising commission that is run out of the Office of the Assistant Vice Provost for Retention, Progression, and Completion. The Urban Affairs Advising Center provides assistance for undergraduate students in the following academic disciplines: Department of Communication Studies, Department of Criminal Justice, School of Public Policy and Leadership, School of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Social Work, and the Brookings Public Policy Minor.
Academic Advisor Responsibilities
Create and maintain an interactive environment encouraging mutual trust and open communication.
Provide students with information and resources to promote academic progress.
Empower students to take responsibility for their academic success.
Stay informed of current and changing rules, regulations and program requirements.
Refer students to campus services relevant to their individual needs.
Collaborate with peers by participating in the exchange of ideas, information, and philosophies through professional development.
Regularly schedule and keep academic advising appointments.
Communicate openly and honestly with your academic advisor regarding issues that affect your educational goals and academic performance.
Maintain a professional relationship with your academic advisor by arriving on time, being prepared for your appointments and calling if you need to reschedule.
Take responsibility for your academic success by utilizing the tools provided. Examples include undergraduate catalogues, degree sheets, college and university websites, and academic calendars.
Maintain a file with relevant academic materials and follow through with your academic advisor’s recommendations.