Leveraging the Advising Relationship to Support the Transition and Retention of Online Students

Monday, August 10, 2020

A NACADA-NODA joint presentation

Thanks to all who supported this event.

In this panel discussion offered jointly by NODA and NACADA, panelists from a variety of institutional types discussed the ways in which the academic advising relationship can be a lever for supporting the transition and retention of online students. Topics discussed include the differences between online and face to face advising, building advising relationships virtually, best practices for leveraging technology to obtain work efficiencies during busy times, and engaging first year students who will likely experience their first semester entirely online. Joyce Holl of NODA and Charlie Nutt of NACADA provided welcoming remarks, and the discussion was moderated by Sean Bridgen. We hope you will enjoy viewing this enlightening discussion!


  • Dawn Coder, Senior Director of Academic Advising & Student Disability Services at the Penn State World Campus - NACADA member
  • Sarah Howard, Academic Advisor 2, Office of Student Academic Success, The Ohio State University - NACADA member
  • Abbey Wolfman, Director of Undergraduate Advising, Purdue University - NODA member 
  • Holly Williams, Director, Student Success & Academic Advising, Alvin College - NODA member