Where did the summer go? For many of us, what some consider the traditional “summer off” has been anything but!
During the summer JACADA was active in recruiting new members and gearing up for another full academic year of professional growth and learning. JACADA continues to play an important role on campus as an advocate for academic advising and superior student services that lead to enhanced student success, learning, and graduation.
This year, we’ll be continuing the Advisor Mentoring Program (AMP), which has grown over the 2012-13 academic year. The group that started in Spring 2013 will continue throughout the Fall 2013 term, and a new group will begin this term. In addition, the always popular Mini-Conference, Spring Tea, and Fall events such as our holiday party and informal get-togethers will continue. We are creating a community of not only staff, but also faculty advisors and administrators from across campus that recognize the importance of academic advising as a key driver of the outcomes we all care about: learning, retention, career preparation, and graduation.
Later this term, our colleagues at the Indiana Academic Advising Network (IAAN), and ILACADA, the Illinois Academic Advising Association, will host a Diversity in Advising Drive-In conference at the University of Southern Indiana on November 25th. Registration is free here: http://ilacada.org/diversity-in-advising-registration. The topics planned are highly relevant to the diverse and growing IUPUI undergraduate student population, and I hope you will make plans to attend.
JACADA’s committees are ramping up activities for this year, and as always, Steering Committee meetings are announced in advance and open to any JACADA member. We welcome your participation and involvement!
Thank you for all you do to support student success at IUPUI and IUPUC. These institutions are truly special places for our students and the work advisors do unlock the doors to exciting opportunities for all. I am inspired by the dedication of my colleagues every day to advance the mission of our campuses and to improve the lives of students.