Charlie Nutt, NACADA Executive Director
Spring is finally here and with it comes a multitude of NACADA events and resources that not only support the student success, retention, and persistence efforts at campuses across the globe, but also provide all academic advisors with the professional development and skills needed to increase the success of students.
I look forward to seeing many of you at one of our Regional Conferences this spring. I am excited that this year two of these conferences, Region 6 in Winnipeg and Region 8 in Calgary, are in Canada, thus allowing colleagues to connect and share across international borders. NACADA Regional Conferences continue to be tremendous opportunities to network with colleagues and identify programs and initiatives that can be used on our campuses to increase student success.
I hope many of you are planning to attend one of the NACADA Academic Advising Summer Institutes in Colorado Springs or New Orleans. The Summer Institutes continue to be unique opportunities for individuals and campus teams to come together for a full week to gain the skills and knowledge needed to enhance the academic success of students. SI participants work in small groups with an expert in the field to develop an action plan to improve and enhance student success programs on their campuses.
In addition to these outstanding events, NACADA continues to be the leader within the field for providing quality professional development and resources at a distance. There is still time to register and take part in one of our Web Events. NACADA Webcasts are the most cost effective in the field and are always presented by current advising and student success practitioners. Campuses unable to participate in live a Webcast have access to recordings of all Webcasts along with a full array of electronic resources including the highly effective professional development DVD series Scenes for Learning and Reflection. The NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources continues to provide members with the largest and highest quality resources, articles, and information available on the Internet.
NACADA also prides itself on our publications including our monographs, pocket guides, and books where all members of the academic advising and student success community can gain valuable information and skills. Find our full array of publications on our website. Watch this fall for our new monograph on academic advising administration.
In the face of increasing student enrollments and decreasing funds and resources, this is a challenging time for all within higher education. With these changes, professional development is even more important for all of us. NACADA continues to provide the field with the highest quality professional development resources and most cost effective support for higher education across the globe.
Charlie Nutt, Executive Director
NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising
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