The NACADA Academic Advising Consultants and Speakers Service (AACSS) can provide institutions assistance in two different ways.
First, the NACADA AACSS provides assistance to colleges and universities in the review, establishment, development, or reorganization of
advising services. The AACSS provides institutions with individual or a team of
consultants to provide a comprehensive and in-depth evaluation of the advising services across the campus or of an
advising unit. The consultant or team will conduct an on-site
study of the advising program which depending on the university
or department can take two to three days. After the review
the team will provide both an oral and written report for the
institution if requested. The reports will discuss the
strengths and challenges found as well as provide a comprehensive
set of recommendations that focus on improvements for the advising
services on the campus.
institutions involved in Title III and Title V grants as well
as other grant programs or who are preparing for accreditation
visits or major campus initiatives focusing on student persistence,
retention, and engagement have found the advising audits to be
To request a program evaluation please submit an evaluation review
the AACSS provides nationally recognized experts in the field of
advising to give keynote or motivational speeches at institutional
conferences, meetings, or other special events.
In addition, speakers can be selected to conduct advisor development
workshops for a variety of populations (administrators,
faculty advisors, professional advisors, peer advisors, student
groups) on a variety of topics.
To request a speaker
or workshop leader please submit a speaker request form.
AACSS matches institutions
with experts in the advising fields most applicable to the institution's
needs. Each consultant has specific skills and knowledge within
various fields of expertise. The areas of consultant expertise includes a wide variety of fields such as advising delivery systems,
program review, freshman advising and student retention to name
only a few. The NACADA Executive Office will assist with
the steps to match the
best consultant for the institution. The
Academic Advising Consultants and Speakers Service provides all
of these services at a reasonable cost.
be aware that our consultants are senior administrators at their
universities and have full schedules. Because of their campus
obligations our consultants usually need at least two months or
more notice in order to set up a campus visit.
Helpful Materials for Institution Visit Planning
Tips for Institutions Preparing for a NACADA Program Review
Sample NACADA Consultant Visit Itinerary