Providing central coordination for the undergraduate advising, career services & learning support communities

Career Services Coordination Updates

In response to the recommendations of the 2016 cross-campus Career Services Task Force, campus leadership tasked the Office of Undergraduate Advising with supporting the career services community.

To help you stay informed about these efforts, we’ve created this page to share important updates and relevant documents.


Bi-weekly email updates will be sent to the csc-listserv to keep you informed beginning in March of 2019, and we will post those messages below as they are sent.

About the CSC Listserv: The Career Services Council offers a listserv to share career services information with UW-Madison staff across campus. For questions and to join the listserv, please contact Jonathon Ferguson.

2016 Career Services Task Force Recommendations

In 2016 the Provost and Chancellor charged a cross-campus Career Services Task Force to “recommend ways to create an improved career experience for both students and employers.”

The first recommendation was to move to a common and modern career services management system.  As a result we have purchased and are working together to implement and optimize Handshake.

The second and third recommendations tasked the Office of Undergraduate Advising with expanding its mission to provide central coordination and support of career services.

2016 Career Services Task Force Report

Themes from Career Services Listening Session

During the fall semester we hosted 25 listening sessions and individual meetings to gather input on what types of central coordination and support would be beneficial to the career services community.  We received a tremendous amount of helpful feedback, which is summarized below. This feedback, along with the core recommendations in the Career Services Task Force report, played an important role in shaping the approach.

Listening Session Themes:

  • Desire for elevated career services role, status and visibility on campus.
  • Desire for coordinated training and professional development for career services.
  • Interest in revisiting the current career services community decision making model.
  • Encouragement for OUA to hire staff with specific experience in career services.

Questions & Feedback

Please feel free to contact us directly with questions or concerns, or use the form below to submit feedback.

  • Wren Singer, Associate Vice Provost & Director of Undergraduate Advising and Career Services
  • Jonathon Ferguson, Associate Director of Campus Career Services Coordination & Director of the Career Exploration Center
  • Amy Achter, Managing Director of the Office of Business Engagement