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Academic Advising/Counseling Research Guide

A guide to becoming an academic advisor practioner-researcher

Advising Communities


NACADA Advising Communities

Advising Communities provides members an opportunity to join others with similar academic or specific student population interests or institutional types in advising.  All current members can join up to 4 Advising Communities.  All Communities are involved in:

  • Advancing NACADA’s strategic goals
  • Proposing and facilitating professional development activities around Community topics to engage members
  • Providing resources to advance the professional development of members while focusing on the specific area of the Community

The ACD helps advisors help students!




The Advising Communities of Excellence (ACE) Professional Development Program will enable academic advisors to build an inclusive community on campus intended to foster advising excellence. Through interactive programs designed to facilitate advisor development, ACE will create a space for advisors to connect and collaborate. Together, advisors will explore the relationship between theory and practice in order to build supportive learning communities, and to create a shared language of both academic advising and student support within the campus community. ACE aspires to contribute to the advising profession by articulating our innovative advising practices, engaging in conferences, and developing publication opportunities. ACE aims to cultivate a more intentional academic advising philosophy that will foster staff and student growth by promoting lifelong learning.

Marion Gabra (center) with the Advising Communities of Excellence committee