The University of Virginia developed their pioneering Total Advising Initiative as part of the University’s strategic plan, which has, as shared on their website, the goal of ‘helping students navigate big decisions and stay on track to accomplish their educational and career goals.’ ‘This integrated approach to advising practices provides students with the resources, knowledge, and expert advice they need to make the best choices for their future.’
Total Advising opened the doors to its physical gathering space, the Dathel and John Georges Student Center, in the fall of 2017. Then, in the summer of 2018 they launched their digital gathering space, advising.virginia.edu, powered by uConnect.
“Our goal is to support UVA students holistically so that they are able to take advantage of all the opportunities and support available to them,” says Katie Densberger, Director of the Dathel and John Georges Student Center. “Our Total Advising platform, hosted by uConnect, allows our students, as well as faculty, advisors, and families, to see the wide array of resources we offer in one visible and accessible place. This integration of resources, as well as the ability to proactively communicate to students about them, has been a big step forward.”
A sampling of resources students, faculty, advisors, can now access through the new Total Advising platform include:
- Resources curated for the individual schools at UVA
- Advice on tackling common tasks a student might encounter
- Comprehensive overviews of career interest areas
- Suggestions for engaging with the UVA community through student clubs and communities
- Mental, physical wellness and, other health options
- Financial Aid and Registration FAQ’s
To see the platform, visit: https://advising.virginia.edu.