Mission, Goals, and Learning Outcomes | Academic & Career Advising

Advising Model

Pacific University has a split model with our centralized Academic & Career Advising Center and over 100 faculty academic advisors. The ACA Center develops, maintains, and oversees advising requirements at Pacific as well as supports the advising-related professional development of professional and faculty advisors. The ACA Center advises many students prior to their declaration of major and provides supplemental advising support for Forest Grove Undergraduate Students. Students are expected to have a faculty advisor once they declare their major. 


The Academic & Career Advising Center at Pacific University seeks to inspire and empower students to make strides towards a meaningful future and equip all stakeholders with tools to support students’ academic and career aspirations.


The mission of Academic & Career Advising at Pacific University is to provide effective, individualized, and integrated educational support to students through academic advising, career services, and teaching within The Advantage Program as well as build relationships with community partners to facilitate student connections to experiential opportunities. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Faculty advisors and professional advisors within Academic & Career Advising will support students with their learning to address these outcomes. Through active participation in the advising process, Pacific University Forest Grove Undergraduate Students will be able to:

  1. Design an educational plan that addresses academic, career, and life goals by 
    • Developing and maintaining the educational plan to include coursework required to graduate alongside any graduate school prerequisite coursework, relevant career preparation, and goals for personal growth; 
    • Utilizing Academic & Career Advising services and participating in appropriate career development activities; and by
    • Explaining how their educational pathway fits into their career and life goals. 
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of overall degree requirements including core, major, 52-hour rule, upper division requirements, and total credits required by
    • Identifying the requirements they have completed and the degree requirements that they have remaining; 
    • Explaining the sequence of requisite coursework in an educational plan; and by
    • Utilizing BoxerOnline and Student Planning tools provided by the university to accurately evaluate degree requirements and understand the progress that they have made towards graduation. 
  3. Demonstrate personal responsibility and accountability within academic advising, career development, and class registration processes by
    • Developing skills to utilize the tools and resources that are available so that they may assume responsibility for their own educational plan and progression towards graduation;
    • Summarizing advising and registration policies and procedures including dates and deadlines associated with the typical academic calendar and the advising and registration cycles; and by 
    • Comparing and contrasting the roles and responsibilities of students and their advisors. 



Contact Us

Academic & Career Advising
Pacific Hall 129advisingcenter@pacificu.edu