Faculty & staff

The Academic Advising Centre (AAC) informs its practice through engagement with NACADA  (the academic advising professional association) and the Council for Advancement of Standards (CAS).

The AAC has a dedicated Academic Advising consultant to support Academic Unit Advisers (AUA) and faculties with advising and curriculum questions. Additional resources are available for faculty and staff through the Academic Advising 101 Brightspace site. If you are a faculty or staff member in an academic unit and have a question – or if you would like to be registered so you can access the Academic Advising 101 site, please contact Kelly Colby at .

Academic Advising 101

The Academic Advising Centre recognizes that Academic Unit Advisers (AUAs), instructors and frontline staff need quick access to advising information, as well as to people who can provide guidance for you as you navigate new advising situations.

To this end, the Academic Advising Centre (AAC) created the Academics portfolio. Led by Lori Olson, the team includes Kelly Colby and Jennifer Oakes, with Joyce Gutensohn continuing to work on special projects. Together, the team’s depth of knowledge with regard to advising policies and the Academic Calendar will be a great resource for your related needs.

For real-time access to this information, visit our Brightspace page.


NACADA Mission

NACADA promotes student success by advancing the field of academic advising globally. We provide opportunities for professional development, networking, and leadership for our diverse membership.

NACADA Strategic Goals

  • Expand and communicate the scholarship of academic advising
  • Provide professional development opportunities that are responsive to the needs of advisors and advising administrators
  • Promote the role of effective academic advising in student success to college and university decision makers
  • Create an inclusive environment within the Association that promotes diversity
  • Develop and sustain effective Association leadership
  • Engage in ongoing assessment of all facets of the Association
  • Pursue innovative technology tools and resources to support the Association

For more information, visit the NACADA website.

CAS standards

Academic Advising Programs Mission (CAS)

The primary purpose of Academic Advising programs (AAP) is to assist students in the development of meaningful educational plans.

AAP must develop, disseminate, implement, and regularly review their missions. The mission must be consistent with the mission of the institution and with professional standards. Mission statements must reference student learning and development.

The institution must have a clearly written mission statement pertaining to academic advising that must include program goals and expectations of advisors and advisees. (p 38).

For more information, visit the CAS Standards website.