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K-State Today

July 13, 2015



National Academic Advising Association hosts international conference in Australia

By Patrice Scott

Charlie Nutt and Debbie Mercer

National Academic Advising Association, or NACADA, Journal: The Global Community for Academic Advising recently had its 2015 international conference in Melbourne, Australia.

More than 300 attendees from 17 countries spent June 23-26 at the University of Melbourne for the association's international academic advising conference, "Partnering for Student Success."

Of the 16 sessions, K-State faculty and administrators delivered four:

  • Charlie Nutt, association's executive director, presented the first plenary session "Building Global Competencies Through Proper Academic Advising."
  • Nutt and Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education, presented "First-Generation College/University Students: Why is Academic Advising Key to Their Success?"
  • Doris Wright Carroll, associate professor of special education, counseling and student affairs, presented "The Multicultural Advising Portfolio: A Global Cultural Assessment Tool for Academic Advisors."
  • Leena Chakrabarti, assistant professor of international programs, and Adrienne Hamann, advisor in international programs, presented "Support and Retention of International Students, an At-Risk Group: Partnering Across Campus."

Mercer presented the closing remarks, and Nutt is pleased with the way the global academic advising community is collaborating.

"NACADA's global outreach continues to strengthen each year as we work diligently to bring together the academic advising community across the world to network with and learn from each other," Nutt said. "It is exciting to see the amount of research in the field that is being done in countries outside of the U.S. and how we all can enhance the academic advising experiences of our students internationally."

NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising is a 12,000-member association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty and administrators working to enhance the educational development of students. The association advances the field of academic advising by providing opportunities for research, professional development and leadership to a diverse global membership.