NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising is the premier Association for student success through academic advising in higher education.

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Formally chartered on May 2, 1979, NACADA serves its members through a variety of professional development and networking opportunities. In addition, the Association supports student success at the institution level through its comprehensive consulting services, Outcomes of Advising Surveys, and NACADA Excellence in Academic Advising program.

NACADA’s elected and appointed leadership works in cooperation with the NACADA Executive Office to lead the 15,000-member not-for-profit Association.

NACADA’s history, bylaws, and leaders will continue to shape the Association’s future.


NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising is the leading association globally for the advancement of student success through excellence in academic advising in higher education


NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising provides its members with exemplary and innovative opportunities for professional development and personal growth. As a global community promoting student success through academic advising, our mission revolves around four interconnected key principles:

  • We are inclusive, committed to offering all our members equitable opportunities for professional development and to fostering belongingness in the association.
  • We are global, expanding our horizons by bringing together perspectives from around the world and collaborating with other organizations in the field of higher education.
  • We promote a scholarly approach to academic advising, by stimulating research and enabling our members to connect theory to practice.
  • We constitute a veritable community, based on mutual respect, encouragement, and support, thus providing an inviting and stimulating environment for professional development.

NACADA Strategic Goals 2021 - 2026

Identify and remove barriers to accessibility of all opportunities for engagement and professional growth in the association to foster equity and inclusion for all members.
Develop innovative and expanded opportunities for professional development that are relevant across the global contexts of academic advising.
Expand and strengthen the network of external partnerships globally to advance the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the association.
Optimize the globalization of the association, including the community of members, network of partnerships, engagement with scholarship, and relevance of professional development opportunities.
Provide practices that allow members to identify and cultivate their long-term professional development and engagement with the association.
Foster communities of practice that empower members to advance the scholarship of academic advising.
Examine and align the structure and infrastructure of the association to best support advancement of the vision, mission, and strategic goals.
Assess association practices to ensure relevance with the evolving landscape of higher education across the globe.


We extend a warm welcome to everyone who is professionally engaged in academic advising; helping students in higher education to realize their dreams and reach their full potential. Get involved in our global community, and benefit from the experience and insights of over 14,000 advising colleagues – and share yours with them!