39th Annual Institute for Academic Advising

(previously Summer Institute)

Syracuse, New York

Marriott Syracuse Downtown

July 21-26, 2024

Why the NACADA Institute for Academic Advising

Research in the area of retention, in nearly all instances, concludes that the single most important contributor to student persistence and completion is the development of strong relationships between students and members of the faculty and staff. Because academic advising is the only structured service on the campus in which all students have the opportunity to develop an on-going, one-to-one relationship with a concerned member of the college community, quality academic advising should be a major strategy in every college's retention and completion planning.  

The Institute for Academic Advising experience is based on a program providing you and/or your team the opportunity to develop a customized Action Plan based on needs at your particular institution. This process is facilitated by attendance at a choice of Faculty lead sessions and working daily with an Institute faculty member and a small group of participants from similar institutional types. Specific objectives are met by participating in every aspect of the Institute, from the opening general session until the last presentation. Please plan your schedule accordingly.

Institute for Academic Advising Institute

July 21 - Jul. 26, 2024

Sunday Jul. 21
Monday Jul. 22
Tuesday Jul. 23
Wednesday Jul. 24
Thursday Jul. 25
Friday Jul. 26
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Registration/Event Check-in
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Beverage Break
NACADA Badge Required
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Welcome & Plenary Session
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
Work Group Discussion Session
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Dinner
NACADA Badge Required
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Served until 8:45 am Breakfast
NACADA Badge Required
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Registration Open
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Plenary Session
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Beverage Break
NACADA Badge Required
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Work Group Discussion Session
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch
NACADA Badge Required
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Concurrent Sessions
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Beverage Break
NACADA Badge Required
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Concurent Sessions
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Served until 8:45 am Breakfast
NACADA Badge Required
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Registration open
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Plenary Session
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Beverage Break
NACADA Badge Required
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Work Group Discussion Session
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch
NACADA Badge Required
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Concurrent Sessions
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Beverage Break
NACADA Badge Required
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Networking Reception
NACADA Badge Required
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Served until 8:45 am Breakfast
NACADA Badge Required
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Registration Open
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Work Group Discussion | Ask the Faculty - Action Plan Prep
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Action Plan Work & Consultation Sessions
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch
NACADA Badge Required
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Action Plan Work & Consultation Sessions
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Work Group Discussion | Ask the Faculty - Action Plan Wrap Up
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Served until 8:45 am Breakfast
NACADA Badge Required
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Registration Open
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Plenary Session
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Beverage Break
NACADA Badge Required
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Concurrent Sessions
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Beverage Break
NACADA Badge Required
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Work Group Discusson
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Served until 8:45 am Breakfast
NACADA Badge Required
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Registration Open
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Work Group Discussion | Action Plan Reports

Who Should Attend?

The Institute is designed for individuals or teams who have responsibility for academic advising, such as:

  • Teams or individuals from an institution desiring to refine or redesign campus advising services (see the link to the right for more details on bringing a team) 
  • Advising Program Directors
  • Academic Advising Campus Task Force Members
  • Academic Advisors
  • Academic Counselors
  • Faculty Advisors
  • Campus Administrators including Deans or Vice Presidents with responsibility for advising

Bringing a Team

While many participants in the Summer Institute are individuals representing their institutions, in the past few years, we have seen an increase in the number of institutional teams attending to work on a common ACTION PLAN . Your team could include a combination of administrators, advisors, faculty and others who have an integral part in the success of advising programs and missions at your institution. Teams have varied in size from 2 to 12 at past Institutes.

In addition to the regularly scheduled sessions of the Institute, we also provide the opportunity to meet with Summer Institute faculty, as well as group consultation sessions. Take advantage of the opportunity to be away from the daily cares of your campus to focus on the 'big picture' of advising while developing a specific ACTION PLAN for the improvement of student success.

As noted above, institutions are encouraged to send teams in order to achieve the highest possible results for their campus. Teams will be provided opportunities to meet together with Institute facilitators for individualized focus on their plan of action. Informal discussions led by experienced professionals will provide guidance on specific issues relative to your situation.

Event Format

Plenary Sessions, Concurrent Sessions, and Work Group sessions customized to your needs!
The Summer Institute experience is based on a week-long program providing you and/or your team the opportunity to develop a customized Action Plan based on needs at your particular institution. This process is facilitated by your active participation in all Plenary sessions and your choice of Concurrent sessions, and your participation in Work Groups lead by a Summer Institute faculty member and a small group of participants from similar institutional types. Through these activities, you will develop a network of supportive colleagues.

Action Plans

You will prepare and present (in your Work Group) an ACTION PLAN for solving an advising challenge on your campus. The scope of the action plan is left up to you. The scope may be as narrow as devising a new form or as broad as proposing a new model for delivery of advising on your campus or recommending the use of new technology. You will receive assistance with this project by attending relevant sessions, group discussions, and group and individual consultations with institute faculty who have expertise in the area you have chosen.

Work Groups

During these daily sessions, led by an institute faculty, you will discuss issues focusing on the general session topics, share ideas, and receive feedback on your ACTION PLAN.

Full Participation

Specific objectives are met by participating in every aspect of the institute, from the opening general session until the last presentation is made. Please plan your schedule accordingly. When in-person, all meetings/sessions will be held at the Institute's Host Hotel unless noted otherwise

Benefits of Attending

Special Benefits to You and Your Program

  • Action-oriented small group discussions with persons from similar type institutions
  • Close facilitator and participant interaction
  • Development of a network of colleagues and friends for support after the institute
  • A variety of sessions to focus on your specific situation/role
  • Facilitators who are expert practitioners and national leaders in the field
  • Examination of workable models and practical alternatives to improve advising on your campus
  • Opportunities to share experiences and get feedback from experts and colleagues
  • Assistance with the development of an Action Plan to enhance advising on your campus 

By attending the Institute you will:

  • Achieve a better understanding of academic advising terms, methodology, and principles 
  • Reach the goals and expectations you bring with you to the Institute
  • Develop a network of peers globally with whom you can connect with in the future for support and assistance
  • Develop a workable action plan that will enhance advising on your campus
  • Leave with a positive impression of NACADA and the work that NACADA does for Academic Advising

At the end of your Work Group sessions you will have:

  • Participated in discussion of Institute presentations
  • Provided feedback to Work Group Members
  • Created an Action Plan for implementation on your campus
  • Presented Action Plan to peers for feedback

Event Outcomes

By attending the Institute you will

  • Achieve a better understanding of academic advising terms, methodology, and principles 
  • Reach the goals and expectations you bring with you to the Institute
  • Develop a network of peers globally with whom you can connect with in the future for support and assistance
  • Develop a workable action plan that will enhance advising on your campus
  • Leave with a positive impression of NACADA and the work that NACADA does for Academic Advising