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Letter of Accomplishment in Academic Advising
The Academic Advising program is designed for current or aspiring academic advisors practicing in a university or college setting. This is the only fully online credential that focuses on academic advising-in the Canadian context.

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Program Description

The program provides an understanding of the academic advising landscape in Canada and enables advisors at all levels to deepen their understanding of the theories and practices associated with academic advising and to provide enhanced service to students and their institutions.

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Who is the Program for?

The Academic Advising program is designed for individuals interested or currently employed in academic advising in a post-secondary setting.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet general admission guidelines for entrance into the University of Manitoba. Individuals currently working in higher education institutions as academic advisors or wishing to move into the academic advising function are encouraged to apply. Applicants without experience in a higher education setting may be considered.

Program Objectives

The LOA Academic Advising program aims to:

  • Provide an understanding of current best practices in Canadian academic advising
  • Provide an in-depth and meaningful experience that enables advisors to provide outstanding service to students and to their institutions
  • Present a range of perspectives on contemporary advising issues (e.g., international students, diversity in advising, students at risk)

Program Structure

The program consists of three core courses and two electives. The elective component of the program was revised on March 1, 2017. Students admitted to the program prior to February 28, 2017 can choose electives from either the revised or the previous elective structure. Students should advise CHERD which option they choose prior to their next course registration.

Program Length

Courses are 25 contact hours in length. The total length of the Academic Advising program is 125 contact hours, and maximum time for completion of the program is 3 years.

Course Instructors

Course instructors are experienced higher education professionals familiar with the practice and theory of academic advising and the Canadian university perspective. Elective course instructors possess specialized knowledge in their subject areas.

Delivery Methods

Each course will be delivered online using UM Learn.

Grading

Courses are graded on a pass/fail basis.

Fees

Each course is $560 CAD.

Transfer Credit

Courses completed in the area of advising within the CHERD Certificate in University and College Administration (CUCA) program or from other institutions will be considered for transfer credit to this program.

Courses

Core Courses

Core Courses (Required)

  • Advising Essentials
  • Assessment of Academic Advising
  • Current Issues in Advising

Elective Courses

Students are required to complete two electives, one of which may be a special topics course. The program was revised on March 1, 2017. Students admitted to the program prior to February 28, 2017 can choose electives from either the revised or the previous elective structure. Students should advise CHERD which option they choose prior to their next course registration.

Revised Structure

  • Aboriginal Students & the Post-Secondary Journey
  • Advising International Students
  • Diversity in Advising (Not currently offered)
  • Effective Communications (Not currently offered)
  • Responding to Disruptive and at-Risk Students
  • Role of Student & Student Needs
  • Technology in Advising
  • Supporting Students with Disabilities
  • Special Topics
  • Leadership

Previous Structure

Students are required to complete two electives: one elective from Group A and one elective from Group B.

Group A:

  • Advising International Students
  • Diversity in Advising
  • Technology in Advising

Group B:

  • Aboriginal Students & the Post-Secondary Journey
  • Effective Communications
  • Responding to Disruptive and at-Risk Students
  • Role of Student & Student Needs

Course Schedule

Spring & Summer 2018Fulfils
Current Issues in Advising
May 7, 2018 – May 25, 2018
LOA AA Core
CUCA Group B Elective
Advising International Students
June 18, 2018 – July 6, 2018
LOA AA Elective
CUCA Group B Elective
Fall 2018 Fulfils
Advising Essentials
October 8, 2018 – October 26, 2018
LOA AA Core
CUCA Group B Elective
Leadership
October 8, 2018 – October 26, 2018
LOA AA Elective
CUCA Group A Elective
Aboriginal Students and the Post-Secondary Journey
October 29, 2018 – November 16, 2018
LOA AA Elective
CUCA Group B Elective
Winter 2019 Fulfils
Assessment of Academic Advising
March 18, 2019 – April 5, 2019
LOA AA Core
CUCA Group B Elective
Supporting Students with Disabilities
February 25, 2019 – March 15, 2019
LOA AA Elective
CUCA Group B Elective
The Role of the Student and Student Needs
February 5, 2019 – February 22, 2019
LOA AA Elective
CUCA Core
Spring & Summer 2019Fulfils
Current Issues in Advising
May 6, 2019 – May 24, 2019
LOA AA Core
CUCA Group B Elective
Advising International Students
June 17, 2019 – July 5, 2019
LOA AA Elective
CUCA Group B Elective

FAQs

What is Online Learning?

Online learning is a way to learn from and engage with peers and your instructor, while at the same time gaining digital literacy. You can access your course 24/7 regardless of your location as long as you have access to the internet. While students may be located all over your city or country, students and instructors come together on the website in UM Learn. It is on UM Learn that you will find the assignments and their due dates, discussion forums, topic notes, and video presentations.

Can I just enroll in a single course if I'm not interested in the entire program?

You can enroll in a single course. Completed courses can later be applied towards the LOA in Academic Advising.

 

 

Apply to the Program

Applications may be made to the certificate program at any time.

 

Fill Out an Application Form

Download and submit a completed Program Application Form.

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Application Fees

There is an application fee of $100.00 for admission to the program. If the applicant does not qualify for admission to the program, $50.00 of the application fee will be refunded.

Transfer Credits

If an applicant has successfully completed equivalent courses offered by CHERD or by other institutions, transfer credits may be granted. To be eligible for credit, courses must have been completed within the last four years. The total of these credits may not exceed one half of the program credits.

Transfer Credits: Previous CHERD Courses

Upon the applicant’s admission to the certificate program, CHERD will review any previous courses taken with CHERD. For any course that meets the criteria listed under Transfer Credits, the credit hours will be transferred. Courses completed in the area of advising within the CHERD Certificate in University and College Administration (CUCA) program will be considered for transfer credit to this program. No fee is charged for these transfers.

Transfer Credits: From Other Institutions

If the applicant has successfully completed courses at other institutions that meet the criteria listed under Transfer Credits, a request may be made in writing to CHERD at the University of Manitoba. Documentation such as course outline/course content, length of course and proof of successful completion will also need to be included with the request. You may include more than one course in your request – it is not necessary to send a separate letter for each course.

Student Performance

All participants in the LOA program are graded on a pass/fail grade for each course. Participants are assessed on their active contribution and completion of all aspects of the course, including assignments, group discussions, etc.

Register for a Course

You can register for courses either online or by mail. Please note, online registration is not supported on iOS (iPhone) and Android phone browsers.

 

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Register by Mail

1. Download and fill out a Course Registration Form (PDF)
2. Payment can be made by cheque, Mastercard, Visa. Make cheque payable to: The University of Manitoba. (Note: No invoices will be issued.)
3. Send your completed form by mail to:

Extended Education

185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
R3T 2N2
Phone: +1 204 474-8800
Toll Free: 1 888 216-7011
Fax: +1 204 474-7661
Email: extended@umanitoba.ca

Course Cancellations

CHERD reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of insufficient registration. If a course must be cancelled, all registrants will be placed on a waitlist, and notified once the next offering of the course is available.

Refunds

If payments have been processed prior to course cancellation, arrangements will be made for either a full refund or a credit to be applied towards another CHERD course offering. This credit will only be carried over for one year.

Participant Cancellations

If a participant cancels their registration in a course prior to the course start date there will be no fees charged. Cancellations must be submitted in writing or by email prior to the course start date.

Participant Withdrawals

If a participant withdraws from a course after the course start date there will be no refunds issued. Course withdrawals must be submitted in writing or by email.