Articles to Support the Undergraduate Academic Advising Effort

  • Introducing. . . NACADA — National Academic Advising Association

    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 consultants bureau, an awards program, and funding for research related to academic advising.

    The National Academic Advising Association evolved from the first National Conference on Academic Advising in 1977 and has over 10,000 members representing all fifty 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.

    NACADA 2006-07 Vision and Mission Statements

    Vision: NACADA is the leader within the global education community for the theory, delivery, application, and advancement of academic advising to enhance student learning and development.

    Mission: NACADA 

    • Addresses the academic advising needs of higher education
    • Advances the body of knowledge of academic advising
    • Champions the educational role of academic advising to enhance student learning and development.
    • Affirms the role of academic advising in supporting institutional mission and vitality
    • Encourages the contributions of all members and promote the involvement of diverse populations

    Visit the NACADA website.

    Articles to Explore

    Set 1: Legal Issues in Academic Advising

    Set 2: Embracing and Working the Tools and Resources in Your Academic Advisor Kit

    Set 3: Recognition and Intervention to Help Students in Distress

    • Web/IUP: Information for an IUP one-credit course CNSD 150: Life Skills – Improving Your Social and Emotional Intelligence

    Prerequisite: by permission. Contact instructor Dr. Kim Weiner at; 724-357-2621

    This course will provide students with practical, hands-on cognitive, emotional, and interpersonal skills which will help them to increase their abilities to process and respond to environmental demands and stresses of their social and academic environment. These skills include mindfulness, emotion regulation, behavior management, and improving relationships by understanding emotions in others. The goals of the course will be to understand basic principles of emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness, to improve students’ ability to focus, and attend to one’s own thoughts and feelings as they apply to the skills described above.

    Set 4: Welcome to the World of Academic Advisement

    Set 5: How to Thrive, Not Just Survive, as a New Academic Advisor

    Set 6: Preparing for and Surviving Student Academic Registration

    Set 7: Undecided and Change of Major Students — Where Do We Go from Here; IUP Major/Career Exploration Information