NACADA Research Agenda

NACADA supports research to advance knowledge about academic advising. Rigorous inquiry that investigates academic advising’s impact, context, or theoretical basis is particularly needed. The Research Committee has identified a research agenda of critical areas for research within these areas.

  • The impact of academic advising on students and institutions, such as measuring advising’s impact on particular student populations or on institutional goals (such as retention or program implementation) or analyzing the impact of particular advising practices, models, or organizational structures on student learning and development.
    • Critical areas: International students; Students from underrepresented populations; Impact of advising on retention; Impact of advising on student decision-making; Comparative studies of advising models; Measurement of student learning from advising
  • The context of academic advising, which may include examination of institutional and cultural conditions that have an impact on student academic decision-making, institutional support, or reward and recognition of advising 
    • Critical areas: Faculty roles in academic advising; Use of technologies in engaging students in advising; Historical studies of the development of advising; Advising models in settings outside the United States
  • The theoretical basis of academic advising development and practice, including evaluation or analysis of advising-based theory from philosophical/theoretical perspectives informed by a variety of disciplines
    • Critical areas: Theory-building from humanities disciplines and other disciplinary areas underrepresented in college student literature; Connections between academic advising and higher education’s broader learning mission

Research suggestions using CAS Standards

Research Grants

NACADA Research Grants up to five thousand dollars ($5,000) may be awarded to support a single-year proposal. Practicing professionals and graduate students from any institution (US or international) seeking support for research in academic advising are eligible to apply. 

Survey NACADA Members

Would you like to survey NACADA members for your research, apply to the Research Committee review for approval to distribute scholarly inquiry requests to NACADA members.

  • Review the guidlines.
  • Confirm if it is an assessment project or is it research.

Research Skills & Tips

Brief video overviews of concepts and steps related to a wide range of designs and paradigms.

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