Although NACADA now has more than 12,000 members, the organization concentrates on engagement of every individual by providing a forum for discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising, thus helping individuals interact with those who have common issues and interests. Two of the major avenues for providing these opportunities are within the geographic regions and among the numerous commission and interest groups. While assignment to the regions is based on location, members have the flexibility to join, based on the topics most needed in their individual work, commissions and interest groups.
Serving all NACADA members through the facilitation of networking opportunities, leadership opportunities, and professional development activities, our ten regions are governed by elected officers who propose activities to support academic advisors, faculty advisors and advising administrators within their geographic regions. Region members conduct annual conferences, state and province or area drive-ins, promote NACADA membership and develop programs which fit the needs of their specific region. International members are invited to attend Region activities which best suit their professional development interests!
The NACADA Advising Communities Division (ACD) provides members an opportunity to join others with similar academic or specific student population interests in advising. ACD membership assumes a commitment to active participation in creating resources, organizing programming and other activities that help advisors support students. Members are encouraged to select up to four (4) specific communities for which they will have voting privileges, receive targeted updates and announcements, and are eligible for involvement in committees and leadership opportunities. Benefits of officially joining an Advising Community include, but are not at all limited to:
- Networking with your colleagues
- Voting privileges
- Receive targeted updates and announcements
- Eligibility to hold an elected or appointed position within the ACD