The Impact of Academic Advising on Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Students: A NACADA-NACEP Collaborative Webinar

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thanks to all who joined us for this full-house broadcast!  View the recording on YouTube via this LINK


The number of high school students enrolling in dual and concurrent enrollment courses continues to grow rapidly throughout the country – the National Student Clearinghouse reports that 1 in 4 Associate's and Bachelor’s Degree Earners in 2014-15 had completed at least one college course prior to matriculating to college.  As institutions face the growing numbers of students participating in these programs, it is essential that academic advisors have a clear understanding of the range of dual and concurrent enrollment programs and how this trend is impacting students' trajectories through college.

In this NACADA-NACEP collaboration, presenters provided information on concurrent enrollment programs across the United States and showcased specific examples of three programs that have been successful in building effective advising systems for high school students taking college courses.   A panel of representatives from two-year and four-year colleges who have worked with dual and concurrent enrollment students discussed their programs and provided participants with information that academic advisors need to know in order to better serve dual and concurrent enrollment students on their campuses, as well as matriculated students who arrive on campus having completed dual and concurrent enrollment courses while in high school.


Charlie L. Nutt
NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising

Charlie Nutt.jpgDr. Charlie Nutt earned his Associate Degree in English from Coastal Georgia Community College (formerly Brunswick College), Bachelors in English Education from the University of Georgia, Masters in Administration and Supervision from Georgia Southern University, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Georgia Southern University.

Charlie has taught both at the secondary and post-secondary levels since 1977.  He taught English in grades 9-12 as well as at the community college.  At Coastal Georgia Community College, he was Assistant Professor of English before being appointed Director of Orientation and Advising.  He next served as Vice President for Student Development Services from 1993 until he moved to the NACADA Executive Office.

As Executive Director of NACADA, Charlie is responsible for coordinating the work of the Executive Office staff as well as working with the various NACADA units on professional development issues and external relations for the Association.

Adam Lowe
National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)

Adam Lowe,jpgAdam Lowe is the first Executive Director of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), helping to steer a previously all-volunteer professional organization through a time of growth and transition.  During his seven years with the organization, NACEP's institutional membership has doubled and national conference attendance has more than tripled.  Under his leadership, NACEP's accreditation services have professionalized to align with best practices and are more widely recognized by states, institutions, and professional organizations, with the number of accredited programs doubling.  Through its network of members and affiliated chapters, the organization is expanding its reach by hosting state and regional professional development events throughout the year.

For the decade prior to joining NACEP, he was an education policy consultant for a variety of universities, nonprofit organizations and state and federal agencies in Washington, D.C. and Indiana.  In Indiana he assisted in launching new, innovative high schools for the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis with funding from the Gates Foundation.  His previous consulting contracts include the University System of Georgia, Indiana Department of Education, The Mind Trust, City of Indianapolis, Ball State University, National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and the former D.C. State Education Office.  He holds a Masters in Public Affairs from Indiana University and resides in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Troy Schmidt
Minnesota State University

Troy Schmidt is the Coordinator of Academic Intervention and PSEO Advisor at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He received his B.S in Elementary education and M.S. in Counseling and student Affairs from Minnesota State University Moorhead. In addition to advising Schmidt is currently the NACADA Region 6 chair. Schmidt resides in Moorhead, MN with his family and enjoys spending time at the lake, hunting, fishing, and playing softball.

Megan Mudd and Gail Zehr
Des Moines Area Community College

Megan Mudd is beginning her fourteenth year at DMACC, where she serves as Academic Advisor / Coordinator Online Career Academy.  She spent her first twelve years as an Academic Advisor with the Concurrent Enrollment / Dual Credit program and now coordinates the Online Career Academy for high school students taking online community college courses while still in high school.

Gail Zehr, who serves as Coordinator, Programs Development at DMACC, has been working in higher education and community colleges for 12 years. She started in Admissions and Recruiting and has spent the past six years working with dual enrolled students, parents, and high school administrators in Iowa. She spends her time working directly with high schools students taking DMACC credits and their transition to college. Gail has an Associate in Arts in Business from Iowa Central Community College, Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Master in Education in Higher Education and Community College Leadership from Iowa State University.

Mary Stephenson
Utah Valley University

Mary Stephenson has worked at Utah Valley University for two and half years. Her professional experience in higher education includes working in Human Resources, Registration, Cultural Arts Management and her current position as Concurrent Enrollment Academic Advisor.   Mary is a member of NACEP and also currently serves at the chair for the NACADA High School to College Interest Group