NACADA offers conferences, institutes, web events and seminars throughout the year and in many locations, to provide quality professional development opportunities for advisors, faculty advisors, administrators and students who are invested in helping higher education students achieve academic success.
Conferences provide opportunities to learn in general sessions from experts in the field, gain knowledge and review best practices with colleagues in concurrent sessions, and participate in interactive workshops. The variety of learning formats also may include poster sessions, exhibitor presentations, and formal and informal networking opportunities.
Building on the Annual Conference which began over 40 years ago, NACADA also offers yearly Summer Institutes, Administrators' and Assessment Institutes, ten Region Conferences, seminars and symposiums on current topics, state conferences, web events and most recently, international conferences. A short description of NACADA's events is given below.
Annual Conference – The Annual Conference offers a broad range of presentations (theoretical, practical, and interactive) which focus on critical academic advising issues. Session formats include preconference workshops; concurrent and poster presentations; round table discussions; and exhibits.
Regional Conferences – Regional Conferences provide academic advisors, academic advising administrators, and faculty advisors throughout each region an opportunity for networking, discussion of issues, and professional development. Typically, these two-three day events include general sessions, concurrent sessions, and networking activities. Advising issues are explored with fellow colleagues who have experienced and solved similar challenges, with the goal of refining and improving advising programs and gathering new ideas.
Administrators’ Institute – The Administrators’ Institute is designed for all levels of advising administrators who need help in developing a clearer sense of academic advising programs, effectively administering them, and how advising programs should fit within institutions.
Assessment Institute – The Assessment Institute is designed to assist institutions with the development of a comprehensive assessment program across the institution. Participants are provided information and assistance with the development of advising mission and value statements; goals; delivery outcomes and student learning outcomes for academic advising; and with the design of a plan for measuring the achievements of outcomes.
Summer Institute – Student growth, persistence, and campus vitality - all are linked to academic advising and influenced by programs and policies that advisors help deliver or administer. Many campuses have failed to provide effective strategies to implement the critical changes necessary for high quality advising. The Institute is designed to assist participants in developing such strategies and programs.
Research Institute – The purpose of the Research Institute is to build a community of scholars in the academic advising profession. The Program is designed for researchers at all levels who are ready to transform their ideas into scholarly works
International Conference – The International Conference occurs on a different continent to enhance the visibility and relevance of higher education institutions and partners in supporting student success.
State Conferences – State Conferences and Drive-In Meetings vary in size and scope. Some states are organized into formal groups and sponsor two-three day conferences. Other one-day state meetings cover one advising topic and are held in a central location to give participants an opportunity for a quality professional development experience which requires minimal time away from campus.
Online Education: eTutorials and NCAA Course – NACADA’s online education is designed to provide a theoretical and practical approach to building advising knowledge. The NACADA eTutorials and the NACADA-NCAA Online Course establish academic advising as an integrated learning activity tied to student growth and engagement.
NACADA Web Events – A Web Event is a live event presented via the Internet. NACADA Zoom Web Events focus on topics of importance to academic advisors and advising administrators. All Zoom presenters/panelists are actively involved in academic advising on their campuses.