July Highlights

NACADA Highlights - July 2014

Every month the Commission and Interest Group Division features a Commission or Interest Group.  This gives the opportunity to get to know that Commission or Interest Group better.  This month’s featured Commission is:

Advising Fine Arts Students Interest Group

Here’s a note from the chair about what’s been going on:

Pursuing a career in the fine arts can lead to a lifetime of fulfilling work. Yet, multiple challenges exist including making money, building a career, capitalizing on limited opportunities, dealing with commercialism, and making sense of the mechanics and metaphysics of this particular career path. Advising fine arts students can be especially challenging for those who do not interact with such students on a regular basis. This interest group is charged with providing information and support to other professionals working with fine arts students. Through on-line dialogue, and meetings at the national conventions, participants can share advising strategies, programs, and resources. Whether you advise fine arts students occasionally or daily, we are interested in learning more about your experiences and sharing ours.

Contact Jenn Jones at jennjones@colum.edu or Kevin Austin at kaustin@arts.ufl.edu for more information

Be sure to review your Commission & Interest Group selections on your profile.  Instructions on updating your selections can be located here.

NACADA/NCAA Partnership

Consider joining us in St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday, August 2nd for the NACADA/NCAA Advising Student-Athletes Seminar!

The seminar will provide the framework to assist academic advisors in both two- and four-year institutions in creating academic plans that focus on student success and persistence to graduation, while covering a range of NCAA hot topics in standards and academic legislation.

The faculty will lead participants through discussions that focus on the principles involved in academic advising for student-athlete success and a range of NCAA hot topics, including the recently approved NCAA academic standards for new, transfer and continuing students; two-year transfer legislation; Division II Path to Graduation; academic misconduct; and the Division I Academic Progress Rate.

The Advising Student-Athletes Seminar is a perfect fit for any advisor or administrator seeking to learn more about the world of advising student-athletes and the NCAA!

Find more information and register today!

2014 Summer Institutes

Plan NOW to attend the NACADA 2014 Academic Advising Summer Institute in Florida!

St. Petersburg, Florida on July 27-Aug. 1, 2014

2014 NACADA Annual Conference

October 8-11 in Minneapolis, MN

Adventures in Advising: Explore, Discover, Collaborate, Transform

Watch your mail! The conference brochure has been mailed, so you should be receiving it in your mailbox by mid July. Inside you will find information on registration, preconference workshops, keynote speakers, event highlights and hotel information. In the meantime, be sure to check out the Annual Conference webpages for detailed information.

The conference registration form is available; sign up for Preconference Workshops and register to attend the conference.

Book your hotel room soon - they are filling quickly!  There are six conference hotels in close proximity of the Minneapolis Convention Center.

  • Need to save some money, consider sharing the cost of a hotel room; see who’s looking for a roommate.

Are you an Experienced Advisor?  This year a specialized track will be available to a limited number of experienced advisors who meet established criteria.  There will be two tracks of multiple closed sessions offered during the conference with limited seating available for those chosen to participate.  Sign up will be on a first come, first served basis so visit the conference webpage to apply early!

Presenters: You should have received an email from the Executive Office the first week of June with the date and time of your presentation, if not, check to see if the message was sent to another folder. Still cannot find the message? Contact us at (785) 532-5717.


Our 2014-2015 Webinar season will open on September 9 with a special FREE Web Event for NACADA MEMBERS ONLY!  NACADA Associate Director Jennifer Joslin will lead a distinguished panel of Key Voices in Higher Education who will discuss Advising and the Completion Agenda.   Watch our website for more information – registration will open soon and space will be limited!
Have some time over the summer to catch up on past Webinars that you've missed?  More than 40 NACADA RECORDINGS make summer professional development quick and easy.  Check out the many topics and place your order today!

Clearinghouse Feature

"Implementing Intrusive Advising Principles for Adult Leaners in Online Programs"
by Beth Giroir & Jeremy Schwehm


Busy with Summer Orientation and missed the June 2014 edition of NACADA's quarterly ePublication, Academic Advising Today?  Take a little time for yourself now and catch up with the Voices of the Global Community as they consider higher education and the exploration of life’s meaning, conversational advising, increasing motivation in probation students, undocumented students in higher education, keeping advising sessions energized, and much more! 


Have a little down time this summer?  Thought about writing but just haven't gotten around to it yet?  Submissions are now being accepted for consideration for the December 2014 edition.  Visit the Publication Guidelines webpage to learn more about the submission process.


NACADA will will hold a conference for advising professionals in the Middle East Region this November 2014 in conjunction with Qatar University. This conference will provide an excellent opportunity for professional development and a forum for professionals in the Middle East to join together and to collaborate on key issues in academic advising.

The Call for Proposals is now open! If you are in the Middle East and interested in attending this event or presenting, please continue to check the conference website for updates.

Region Conferences 2015


Over 3960 people attended the 2014 Region Conferences.  Join your colleagues at a NACADA Region Conference next Spring! See the schedule and mark your calendars. Watch the web for more information as it is available. Don't miss the 2014 Best of Regions presentations at the Annual Conference in Minneapolis.

NACADA-Sponsored Member Surveys

 NACADA encourages member research within the field of academic advising. In support of our strategic goal to expand and communicate the scholarship of academic advising, NACADA Research Committee members review all research requests to survey association members prior to survey development and distribution.  The submission process for sponsorship of scholarly inquiry (research) surveys is available on the Survey Guidelines webpage. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply for consideration at least six months prior to intended survey distribution date.  Applications for the next sponsored survey round will be accepted July 15 – September 15, 2014.  

Book Review

Looking for a good summer read?  The NACADA Journal provides book review opportunities for current members at. Find books available and guidelines for reviewing.