What is academic advising?

Every student in every program is assigned an academic advisor--who can be found here in the Academic Advisor Contact Directory. (Find this page easily in the future by using go.unb.ca/advisors-fr.)

Academic advisors help students
  • make sense of their plans and aspirations,
  • harness their strengths and interests, and
  • develop an academic plan that articulates these things while satisfying the requirements of their chosen degree program in support of their career planning.
Academic advisors also help you, as a student,
  • learn and understand policies and regulations,
  • access campus resources, and
  • enhance your skills while becoming a self-directed life-long learner and innovator.

In other words, academic advising is more than just picking courses and checking for completed requirements. Maximize your experiences at UNB by meeting with your academic advisor.

Building upon this definition, there are responsibilities and expectations for both students and advisors.

Responsibilities of Students in Advising

  • Schedule regular advising appointments and consult with your academic advisor whenever necessary.
  • Clarify personal interests and goals.
  • Be prepared for advising appointments with questions and/or materials for discussion. (Examples of materials: preferred class schedules, forms, etc.).
  • Follow-through on action items after advising sessions and accept responsibility for decisions.  (Examples of action items: class registration, attend Career Counseling, visit Student Employment Service, etc.).
  • Understand academic regulations, and know important academic dates. (Examples: plagiarism, add and drop dates, application to graduate deadline, etc.)
  • Maintain personal records of progress towards goals and monitor completion of program requirements.

Responsibilities of Academic Advisors

  • Support students as they establish goals, objectives, and educational plans.
  • Be familiar with and provide accurate information on important academic dates, academic regulations, program details, and campus resources including co-curricular opportunities.
  • Be available to meet with students each academic term as needed.
  • Help students to monitor their academic performance and recommend, when appropriate, strategies or programs to support success.
  • Refer students to campus resources, when appropriate.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Maintain documentation of advising discussions and student progress towards goals.