Commission & Interest Groups

The NACADA Commissions and Interest Groups (CIG) provide members an opportunity to join others with similar academic or specific student population interests in advising. CIG membership assumes a commitment to active participation in programming and activities. Members are encouraged to select up to four (4) specific commissions and/or interest groups. You may change your commission and interest group affiliations at any time - although be aware that this may affect eligibility for certain awards and elected positions. Benefits of officially joining a CIG include, but are not at all limited to:


  • Networking with your colleagues
  • Voting privileges (commissions only)
  • Receive targeted updates and announcements
  • Eligibility to hold an elected or appointed position within CIGs

Commissions are charged with advancing NACADA’s strategic goals, proposing and facilitating activities, and providing resources to advance the professional development of members while focusing on the specific area of the Commission.

Interest Groups are established when there is a need to focus a particular interest of NACADA members that is not served by an existing commission or interest group. Interest groups operate without formal governance or activities and are an informal way of communicating similar interests in advising issues.

In the fall of 2011, NACADA reorganized Commissions and Interest Groups into eight (8) thematic clusters of both Commissions and Interest Groups, rather than their previous separation. The NACADA National Board reorganization in 2001-2002 resulted in the creation of the Commission and Interest Group Division.