Academic advising is a varied field in higher education and therefore, assessment of advising has some unique challenges.  Advising is multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-functional, which makes ways to assess just as wide-ranging.  The methods of delivery of advising services can also vary so greatly between institutions (from centralized to decentralized) that there is no one way to assess. The resources compiled here provide support of the diverse ways to do advising assessment within higher education. We welcome your specific campus assessment tools and examples for submission to  [email protected]

NACADA resources: 

Related resources:

Reader Learning Outcomes, Discussion Questions and Activities from Beyond Foundations monograph:

Rubrics: Developing Rubrics as a Tool in the Assessment Process, Kathy Zarges, NACADA Assessment Institute, 2017

Survey tools developed by institutions:

2011 videocast presentation, NACADA Executive Director Charlie Nutt and Assessment Institute faculty Rich Robbins (Bucknell University), Sharon Aiken-Wisniewski (University of Utah), and Karen Boston (University of Arkansas-Fayetteville) outline the steps in developing an assessment plan for academic advising and provide hands-on examples of programs that have been implemented on college campuses. Regardless of institutional size or advising model, this presentation is a must for all institutions who need to develop an academic advising assessment plan that focuses on student learning and program effectiveness.

In this 30-minute, 2011 videocast panel discussion, moderated by NACADA Executive Director Charlie Nutt, Professional Development Committee Chair Nora Allen Scobie (University of Louisville) is joined by Julie Givans Voller (Arizona State University) and Andrew Brewick (University of Idaho) to discuss ways to effectively conduct a professional development needs assessment and how to use the results to plan valuable advisor training and development opportunities.

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Plan to attend our Assessment Institute (every February, locations vary)

Why you should attend:

  • Develop a vision for advising on your campus
  • Understand national resources that offer student feedback & information about advising
  • Learn how to identify resources & allies in the areas of institutional Research & Institutional Planning
  • Learn to connect your plan to the institutional strategic planning process
  • Learn how to communicate this information to campus colleagues to generate collaboration & understanding
  • Use benchmarking to document the success of your plan

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Beyond Foundations (2016) contains two chapters on assessment by Rich Robbins.

  • Chapter 14 is an overview of assessment and student learning outcomes.  
  • Chapter 15 deals with gathering outcome evidence and making changes based upon assessment data

Guide to Assessment in Academic Advising, 2nd ed., 2010 

This resource available for purchase is on CD and can assist institutions with the development of a comprehensive assessment program for academic advising at the unit, college, or institutional level.