NACADA and Gardner Institute announce charter cohort of 12 institutions for Excellence in Academic Advising.

NACADA and Gardner Institute announce charter cohort of 12 institutions for Excellence in Academic Advising.

Monday, Oct 1, 2018, at the NACADA Annual Conference Dr. Charlie Nutt, executive director, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising announced the charter institutions for Excellence in Academic Advising (EAA). EAA is an evidence-based, redesign process that helps institutions create and implement a comprehensive strategic plan for academic advising. The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (Gardner Institute) partnered with NACADA to create the EAA process to change and affirm the role and influence of academic advising in higher education.

The twelve institutions, selected from a large pool of applicants with diverse advising structures, represent a diverse range of institution types. Schools within the cohort include 2-year and 4-year institutions, small private liberal-arts colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as large, private, online, regional and state institutions, public and private research universities.

The charter cohort include:

•       American Public University System (APUS)

•       Claflin University

•       College of the Mainland

•       Florida International University

•       Frostburg State University

•       Johns Hopkins University

•       State University of New York at New Paltz

•       University of Hawai’i at Manoa

•       University of Southern Maine

•       University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire

•       Wheaton College Massachusetts

•       Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

The two‐year program kicked off at the NACADA annual meeting in Phoenix this week. The inaugural cohort will be guided through evidence‐based decision making, planning, and an implementation process to improve their academic advising efforts. They will engage in an institution‐wide initiative using NACADA and the Gardner Institute’s nine “Conditions of Excellence in Academic Advising.” These standards acknowledge the role of academic advising in promoting student learning, success, and completion as well as the complexity of higher education and organizational change. Excellence in Academic Advising Fellows will support the development of a set of evidence‐based institutional recommendations for change, as well as provide support for plan implementation.

“Academic advising is a key component of student success, persistence, and degree completion on many campuses,” said Charlie Nutt, NACADA executive director. “By examining advising through multiple lenses and implementing evidence‐based recommendations, institutions can ensure alignment with priorities for student success.”

About this significant collaborative effort, John Gardner, Gardner Institute chair and chief executive officer, noted that, “The launch of the Excellence in Academic Advising initiative is the most important development for improving the quality of academic advising and raising its overall level of priority on US campuses since the establishment 39 years ago of the National Academic Advising Association.”

Drew Koch, Gardner Institute president and chief operating officer added, “We believe the combination of analytics, sage and trusted external guidance, and wise internal institutional knowledge that we are building into the EAA model will yield measurable improvement in institutional outcomes related to academic advising – especially for our nation’s most historically underserved and underrepresented students. There are important completion agenda and equity imperative considerations at work here. We are delighted to be part of this historic endeavor.”

NACADA is a global association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty members, and administrators working to enhance the educational development of students in higher education through research, professional development, and leadership. The Gardner Institute is a non‐profit organization dedicated to partnering with colleges, universities, philanthropic organizations, educators, and other entities to increase institutional responsibility for improving outcomes associated with teaching, learning, retention, and completion.

For more information, contact nacadajngi@ksu.edu