The Power to Transform Higher Education Through Excellence in Academic Advising

NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA) and the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (Gardner Institute) have joined to advance student success, persistence, retention, and degree completion through a comprehensive, standards-based assessment process to promote excellence in academic advising. This partnership brings together the national and global academic advising expertise of NACADA with the Gardner Institute's nearly two decades of experience in guiding institutions through evidence-based decision-making, planning, and implementation to effect positive change in the student experience. NACADA and the Gardner Institute -together with participating Institutions - will refine, validate, and establish the aspirational standards for colleges and universities in order to evaluate and improve academic advising. These standards, or "Conditions of Excellence in Academic Advising," acknowledge the role of academic advising in promoting student learning, success, and completion within the complex context of higher education and organizational change. 

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There are scores of vendors that offer technology and other solutions for academic advising. These solutions, while often good, may do little to change the actual processes, practices, and culture associated with academic advising at a college or university—at least in any intentional way.  The Excellence in Academic Advising initiative addresses these gaps by engaging institutions in a holistic and systemic review of academic advising from a teaching and learning perspective, with support and guidance from experts in the field and experts in educational and organizational change. The evidence-based decisions and action plans that emerge from this focused and intentional review not only make this initiative different from others, but also more sustainable for institutions committed to supporting student success in college. 

Excellence in Academic Advising is demonstrated by evidence of student and program success through:

  • Academic advising mission and goal statements that align advising with the institution's mission and strategic goals for teaching and learning;
  • A comprehensive, collaboratively developed academic advising delivery system that is responsive to student needs and designed for their benefit
  • Personal and professional ethics manifested throughout the academic advising process
  • Evidence-based decision making and assessment that guide improvement of initiatives, including
    the use of technology in academic advising