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Unified Advising System Unveiled Fall 2008

After more than a year of planning and development by the Baylor Advising Council, Advising Technology Committee and ITS, the Unified Advising System (UAS) was unveiled September 2, 2008. This new system, which can be accessed from the Faculty & Staff home page or the Advising website (www.baylor.edu/advising), brings the advising community together to one central web-based location, creating a more consistent and uniform experience for student advisement. For faculty advisors across campus, this new system replaces the functionality of PAWS and BearAdvice and provides more comprehensive and timely information about advisees.

Some new features for the faculty advisor include the ability to run a "what-if" degree audit for advisees, as well as the opportunity to view and enter notes about advising sessions. For all advisors, the UAS provides secure, real-time information in a consolidated format, hopefully reducing or eliminating the need for personal spreadsheets, hard-copy files, and shadow databases like Filemaker Pro. Any advisor already identified with an advising area in Banner was automatically given access to the new system. In addition, all PAWS access for granting permits and waivers was transferred over to the UAS, and links to PAWS and BearAdvice have been redirected.

Any advisors who have questions regarding this new program or who would like assistance learning how to better use it can contact Margaret Lemon at (254) 710-4560 or via email at Margaret_Lemon@baylor.edu