Academic Advising

To book an appointment, call 306-966-8900.

Richard Medernach

All years; all Arts & Science and pre-professional programs

Dean Schmidt

All years; all Arts & Science and pre-professional programs

Linda Huard

New first-year students

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Academic Advising Syllabus

What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advising is a collaborative teaching and learning process between a student and advisor.

"Academic advising is integral to fulfilling the teaching and learning mission of higher education. Through academic advising, students learn to become members of their higher education community, to think critically about their roles and responsibilities as students, and to prepare to be educated citizens of a democratic society and a global community. Academic advising engages students beyond their own world views, while acknowledging their individual characteristics, values, and motivations as they enter, move through, and exit the institution. Regardless of the diversity of our institutions, our students, our advisors, and our organizational structures, academic advising has three components: curriculum (what advising deals with), pedagogy (how advising does what it does), and student learning outcomes (the result of academic advising)." (From NACADA: Global Community of Academic Advising.)

"In addition to understanding advising as a form of teaching and learning, another guiding principle is that advising always starts with a holistic appreciation of the student as a whole person. For that reason, much advising involves a blend of academic and non-academic advice. Academic advising can, however, be distinguished from other allied forms of advising on campus – tutoring and learning support, or career, psychological, financial,
disability, or legal counseling, etc. – by the fact that the primary focus of academic advising is on student success as revealed primarily in their academic progression toward identifying, pursuing, and completing their intended academic program and achieving their academic goals." (From University of Saskatchewan Academic Advising Charter.)

Academic Advising Outcomes

If you get regular academic advising at St. Thomas More College and you do your part, you'll end up with a number of benefits.

  • A realistic plan to achieve your educational goals
  • Working knowledge of your program requirements and relevant procedures and policies
  • A better understanding of your program's curriculum and how the skills you develop in that program can be helpful professionally
  • Knowledge of college/campus services and opportunities to assist you in achieving your academic, personal, and career goals
  • A sense of what makes STM unique within the University of Saskatchewan
  • A forum to make sense of your university learning experiences, both formal and informal
  • An appreciation for the importance of lifelong learning

What's your role as the student?

  • Seek out advising before problems arise
  • Have regular conversations with your advisor
  • Come to appointments prepared
  • Spend time reveiwing and reflecting on what you discuss with your advisor
  • Study the policies and procedures that are relevant to you
  • Take responsibility for your actions/choices and learn from experience

What will an STM advisor do for you?

  • Listen to you and try to understand who you are and what you need
  • Ask questions to help you come to conclusions
  • Teach you where and how to find what you need to know
  • Make suggestions and answer your questions to the best of our ability
  • Inform you about services and programs that could assist you

Advising Resources for Students

University of Saskatchewan Academic Advising Charter

University of Saskatchewan Course and Program Catalogue (Arts & Science section)

St. Thomas More College Programs and Courses

Official course offerings are listed, by term, in PAWS.

College of Arts and Science student advising page

DegreeWorks (degree auditing system) is accessible through PAWS

To access DegreeWorks:

    • Log into PAWS with your NSID and password;
    • Click the Academics tab;
      • Locate the My Academic Profile channel;
      • Click the DegreeWorks button or link.

Important Dates

The University of Saskatchewan Academic Calendar lists the official schedule of important dates.