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Professional Organizations


The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) is an association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students.

NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through numerous activities and publications. NACADA also serves as an advocate for effective academic advising by providing a Consulting and Speaker Service, an Awards Program, and funding for Research related to academic advising.

The National Academic Advising Association evolved from the first National Conference on Academic Advising in 1977 and has over 11,000 members representing all 50 United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and several other international countries. Members represent higher education institutions across the spectrum of Carnegie classifications and include professional advisors/counselors, faculty, administrators and students whose responsibilities include academic advising.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please visit NACADA's Membership Page.

NACADA's Concept of Advising:

Academic advising, based in the teaching and learning mission of higher education, is a series of intentional interactions with a curriculum, a pedagogy, and a set of student learning outcomes. Academic advising synthesizes and contextualizes students’ educational experiences within the frameworks of their aspirations, abilities and lives to extend learning beyond campus boundaries and timeframes.  

NACADA Core Competencies


Underpinning the core competencies for academic advising and serving as the foundational elements for effective advisor training programs and advising practice are three content categories – the conceptualinformational, and relational.  An understanding of these three major areas provides advisors the knowledge and skills to be effective guides for their students. 

  • The Conceptual component provides the context for the delivery of academic advising.  It covers the ideas and theories that advisors must understand to effectively advise their students.
  • The Informational component provides the substance of academic advising.  It covers the knowledge advisors must gain to be able to guide the students at their institution.
  • The Relational component provides the skills that enable academic advisors to convey the concepts and information from the other two components to their advisees.



The Iowa Academic Advising Network (IowaAAN) serves professionals and students from colleges and universities with interest in the area of academic advising and who champion the intellectual, personal, and career / vocational advising needs of students in the state of Iowa. IowaAAN was founded to establish a collaborative professional environment, enhance the level of recognition of academic advising, and promote quality academic advising throughout the state. IowaAAN fosters the personal and professional development of its members by establishing opportunities for participation and discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas concerning academic advising, the state of Iowa, and related areas of higher education.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please visit IowaAAN's Membership Page.