The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Advising Center opened in August 2012, the beneficiary of a PRE-VUE grant approved by University of Maine President, Dr. Paul W. Ferguson, and was a joint effort by CLAS and the Division of Student Affairs.
The Advising Center was established out of a desire to increase student access, connection, satisfaction, and retention in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, providing the Center with a mission to address these goals by developing programs and resources for students who are considered “at-risk” (undecided, first-generation, and those in transition between majors and other institutions) and providing support and programming for all CLAS students and faculty advisors. The goal is to create a strong, student-centered advising program focused on student access, connection, satisfaction, and retention, and to enhance the quality of the undergraduate educational experience and student services.
John Mascetta is the Advising Center Coordinator, who with assistance from two Graduate Assistants/Academic Advisors, Robert Hodges and Amy Smith, will add new avenues for students to achieve academic success and engage productively with the campus community. Since opening, the Advising Center has been offering supplemental resources and assisting students that are undecided in their major, at academic risk, or are transfer students. These students often face important choices early in their education and need proactive advising about resources available to them, guidance in thinking critically and responsibly about their learning, and help in informing and supporting good choices. Early intervention and collaboration between institutional programs and advising are key elements of supporting students throughout the college experience and aiding them in reaching graduation. The Advising Center has flexible hours, serves as a referral hub for other campus services, and has expansive online components to develop communication networks with today’s generation of student in mind.