Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Advising

The La Follette School student services staff will offer both in-person and remote advising appointments in fall 2021. Here's how you can get in touch with us and make an advising appointment: 

  • Mo O’Connor, Graduate Program Manager
    • Serves as the academic advisor for all MPA and MIPA students
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    • Make an appointment with Mo using Starfish
  • Mary Michaud, Faculty Associate
    • Serves as the academic advisor for all undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy students
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    • Make an appointment with Mary using Starfish
  • Marie Koko, Senior Career Services Coordinator
    • Serves as the career advisor for all La Follette School students
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    • Make an appointment with Marie by sending her an email
  • David Wright-Racette, Student Services Associate
    • Serves as the point of contact for prospective MPA and MIPA graduate program students
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    • Make an appointment with David using Starfish

Students have many advising resources available to them. In addition to this website and the La Follette School’s Handbook, students can reference the Graduate School’s website and the Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures.

When students still need clarification on issues , they can contact the school’s This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Admissions and Advising Coordinator serves as the academic advisor to all students. This staff member monitors students’ course selection and progress toward their degree and provides counsel on other academic issues, including but not limited to:

  • Admissions issues
  • Addition of other degree or certificate programs
  • Academic concerns
  • Course selection recommendations based on interest and program planning
  • Graduation requirements
  • Interpretation of graduate school academic policies
  • Prerequisite courses
  • Registration and enrollment issues
  • Resource referrals

The Admissions and Advising Coordinator conducts degree audits, monitors student compliance with academic policies and procedures, and collaborates with the Career Services Coordinator to help students match their academic plan with their professional aspirations.

Students may request individual appointments with the Admissions and Advising Coordinator via Starfish

Grievances & appeals

If a student feels unfairly treated or aggrieved by faculty, staff, or another student, the La Follette School offers several venues for resolving the conflict. Students’ concerns about unfair treatment are best handled directly with the person responsible for the objectionable action. If the student is uncomfortable making direct contact with the individual(s) involved, the student should contact the La Follette School’s Admissions and Advising Coordinator or Associate Director. More information is on the Graduate School’s website. Information regarding resources and incident reporting in areas such as sexual harassment, bias or hate incidents, and research misconduct can be found here

 

Graduate Student Advising Contacts

Academic advising
Mo O'Connor

Career advising
Marie Koko 

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