A good place for any new advisor to learn about academic advisement is from NACADA, the global community for academic advising. It is a large organization that offers regional, national, and international conferences, seminars and so many resources, including a clearinghouse, that there is simply too much to list. Let’s just start with introducing you to NACADA and giving you time to wander around their website. More posts about programs and services NACADA offers will follow.
NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through numerous activities and publications. NACADA also serves as an advocate for effective academic advising by providing a Consulting and Speaker Service, an Awards Program, and funding for Research related to academic advising.
NACADA evolved from the first National Conference on Academic Advising in 1977 and has over 12,000 members representing all 50 United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and several other international countries. Members represent higher education institutions across the spectrum of Carnegie classifications and include professional advisors/counselors, faculty, administrators and students whose responsibilities include academic advising.