Guidelines for Establishing a Commission

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

  • By February 1, request for a potential new commission is made by NACADA member(s) to the CIG Division Representatives and the Executive Office Liaison to the Division. This request should include:
    1. a brief (no more than one-page) rationale, discussing the need for the additional commission, and
    2. the name of the interim chair who will be responsible for coordinating the initial meeting at the annual conference.
  • Upon receipt and approval of request,
    • Meeting space at annual fall conference assigned to potential new commission.
    • Table at Commission & Interest Group Fair provided for potential new commission.
    • Potential commission added to NACADA membership form as possible choice by members.
    • Listserv established for potential new commission.
  • Fall – Annual Conference, the potential new commission meets at NACADA Annual Conference and participates in the Commission & Interest Group Fair. Attendees assess the viability of the additional commission.

If it is determined by those meeting at the conference that commission status should be requested:

By November 15, a formal request to create the additional commission should be sent to the CIG Division Representatives and the Executive Office Liaison. This request should include:

  1. Rationale for creation of the commission - Please be sure to include how this new group would address a unique need not already addressed by an existing commission. It is also important to indicate which cluster(s) you feel this group would best fit under.
  2. Clearly identifiable goals - Based upon NACADA Strategic Goals
  3. Diversity Charge - Include how the proposed commission will enhance and seek to expand the diversity of NACADA. With this charge, the NACADA Board of Directors seeks to increase the diversity of NACADA by attracting and involving members from diverse ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, as well as from institutions of diverse sizes and types, in an effort to add the richness of diverse representation within all units of the association.
  4. Advancement of Research and Literature - Indicate how the proposed commission plans to contribute to the advancement of research and literature.
  5. A first-year action plan - The action plan articulates how the commission will meet the identified goals (that is, journal articles, sponsorship of sessions at national, and where feasible, at regional conferences, and correspondence with membership of the commission).
  6. Outline for a two-year strategic plan -  Includes how the commission will contribute not only to its constituents but also to NACADA and the advising profession.
  7. The names of the first appointed Commission Chair and Steering Committee members - Appointed Commission Chairs are invited to participate in the Fall CIG Division Meeting but may not vote. If commission status is granted, the appointed chairperson will be replaced through the standard NACADA elections the following spring.
• The Division Representatives will review the proposal. By January 1, the Division Representatives will notify the requestor:
  • That the formal request for commission status has been approved by the Division Representatives and forwarded to be put to a vote by the commission chairs at the upcoming NACADA Annual Conference. The chair of the potential commission should respond to the Division Representatives by February 1 to confirm plans to proceed with the request for commission status so a meeting room at the next NACADA Annual Conference can be reserved. Once approved as an official commission (if applicable), web pages will be established for this new interest group.

The chair is invited to attend the Division meeting at the NACADA Annual Conference as a nonvoting member. NACADA funding is not available for chairs of potential commissions to attend Division meetings.


  • That the potential commission should continue to build member support by meeting at the next NACADA Annual Conference. The requestor should respond to the Division Representatives by February 1, so that a meeting room at the next NACADA Annual Conference can be reserved.


  • That the formal request for commission status has been denied.
With each notification, the Division Representatives will include a rationale for their decision. Any appeal of the notification should be made to the Division Representatives by January 10. Division Representatives, in consultation with the CIGD Steering Committee, will respond to any appeals by February 1.

Fall – Annual Conference, potential commissions will present the proposal for full commission status at the CIG Division meeting, to be voted upon by chairs of existing commissions. If approved, the Division Representatives will forward to the Council for final action. If the Council approves the application for commission status, appropriate elections will be held during the next NACADA elections process. The elected commission chairperson will become a voting member in the Division.