Because academic advising is a multi-dimensional field in higher education, assessment of advising has some unique challenges. Advising is multi-level (from individual appointments to campus-wide programs), multi-disciplinary (from student development theories to specific curricular fields), and multi-functional (from conducting degree audits to teaching credit classes). The method of delivery of advising services can vary from institution to institution (from centralized to decentralized) and advising may be provided by a variety of sources (from peer mentors to faculty advisors). This unique multi-dimensionality offers both excitement and frustration to those wanting to develop or refine their assessment activities.
The Assessment of Advising Interest Group (AAIG) was created in 2001 with the intent to serve all NACADA members who want to discuss, learn about, or share expertise on the assessment of academic advising. The AAIG was granted Commission status in fall 2003. The Assessment of Advising Community (ASAC) provides a forum through which members can share their expertise, strategies and experiences with their colleagues.