Student academic advising

Get help choosing the right program, find educational resources, and develop a plan to achieve your academic goals.

ACAD's STUDENT ACADEMIC ADVISOR is here to assist you:

  • Clarify your academic goals
  • Help you define student success
  • Understand the value of earning your accredited Bachelor degree credential
  • Navigate the Academic Calendar program requirements
  • Review your rights and expectations of conduct policies and procedures
  • Select a program of study major and/or minor
  • Consider the best course choices for your program
  • Evaluate the benefits and consequences of adding or dropping a course
  • Learn about student exchange and travel study programs
  • Check into options to enroll in independent off campus study
  • Get referrals to resources such as tutoring and personal counselling
  • Plot your immediate and long-term academic plans
  • Calculate your unofficial GPA and learn why it is an important tool in tracking your academic success
  • Learn what is involved in submitting an official grade appeal.

How to access student academic advising

Let's meet!   

Summer drop-in advising hours 1-3 p.m. Weekdays, until June 22. The Advising office will re-open July 16.

NOTE: Drop-in advising sessions are 30 minutes on a first-come, first-served basis. Please sign up on the daily sign up sheet located outside the Advisor's Office (Rm S-310-D beside the Registrar's Office area). If follow up meetings are required, you and the Advisor will work together to schedule suitable meeting times.

You can also contact the Student Academic Advisor at advising@acad.ca or call 403-338-5598.

Due to privacy protection, and the nature of advisory discussions that lead to deeper questions, ACAD does not provide advising consultations over email or telephone. 

What to bring to your advisory appointment

Come to your appointment prepared with your updated Program Planning Guide and question(s) so we can jump right into meaningful discussion about your academic experience and expectations for success.

Important links for academic success

  • Academic Calendar All current ACAD students are expected to be knowledgeable about the academic regulations, policies, and information outlined in the Academic Calendar.
  • Research Ethics Board All current ACAD students who wish to involve the participation of humans, dead or live animals, biological materials will first need to discuss their goals with their instructor. All ACAD faculty have been trained in Research Ethics and will determine whether the concepts and materials of the student's project meet the instructor's academic learning outcomes. The student will then be required to submit a proposal for Research Ethics approval. Please note that the Research Ethics Board meets once a month and will work with students if revisions are required. All proposals submitted have been successful. 
  • Policies and Procedures All current ACAD students, faculty, and staff are required to abide ACAD policies and procedures regarding conduct and intellectual propriety. Ignorance of the policies and procedures is not a viable excuse. Learn more about academic and non-academic codes of conduct, academic and artistic freedom, grade appeals, freedom of information and protection of privacy act, respectful workplace, health and safety regulations, and more.
  • Grade Appeals procedure and applications. Please see the "Forms" page located on the righthand menu bar.