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Aca New Member Orientation 2012

  1. 1. Academic Counselors Association An Introduction to the Advising Community at UT
  2. 2.  Introductions ACA History Advising Community & Student Issues NACADA ACA ◦ Benefits ◦ Meetings ◦ Resources & Training ◦ Involvement ◦ Membership QuestionsAgenda
  3. 3.  Who’s here today? ◦ACA Officers (past & present) ◦Advisory Council ◦R.O.A.D. Committee Members ◦New MembersIntroductions
  4. 4. The Academic Counselors Association (ACA)was established in 1983 to provide a forum forthe exchange of information, ideas, andresources among professional staff members ofthe academic counseling community at TheUniversity of Texas at Austin.Twenty founding members formed the initialorganization (called the Counselors and Advisors Association)that has grown to include over two hundredprofessional members.Our History
  5. 5. www.utexas.edu/staff/aca/Vision StatementBylawsMembershipCalendarNewsResources (meeting minutes, handouts)Contact InformationLearn More About Us Online
  6. 6. PresidentVice President/Program ChairTreasurerSecretaryHistorianCommunications CoordinatorPresident Elect*position descriptions are located in the bylawsOfficer Positions
  7. 7. Advisory CouncilNominationsProfessional Development DayHoliday PartyAdvising Event/EXPOAwards and RecognitionFUNdraisingROADMentor Program*committee descriptions are located in the bylawsStanding Committees
  8. 8.  representing every undergraduate college and school membership reaches across all areas of campus professionals from a variety of student affairs areas actively participate in ACA advisors, counselors and other professional staff who work with students provide a variety of vital services serve as individualized, personal links between students, faculty and administratorsThe Advising Community
  9. 9. Advisors assist students with: ◦ Registration ◦ Major & minor exploration ◦ Degree requirements ◦ Special academic programs ◦ Major change processes ◦ Academic difficulty ◦ Time management ◦ Study skills ◦ Career exploration & planning ◦ Policy interpretation ◦ Referral to campus resourcesStudent Issues
  10. 10.  monthly meetings to inform members about the wide variety of campus resources available meeting time is devoted to ACA business but the primary focus of each meeting typically includes a specific program, presentation or discussion that addresses issues vital to our communityACA Monthly Meetings
  11. 11.  past programs have included discussions with top campus administrators, new programs or initiatives on campus and changes to existing programs and services meetings generally occur on Wednesday mornings and include a light breakfast maximize the valuable networking time and arrive earlyACA Monthly Meetings
  12. 12. The NATIONAL ACADEMIC ADVISINGASSOCIATION (NACADA), promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education toenhance the educational development of students.
  13. 13.  evolved from the first National Conference on Academic Advising in 1977 has nearly 10,000 members representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and several other international countries members represent higher education institutions across the spectrum of Carnegie classifications include professional advisors/counselors, faculty, administrators and students
  14. 14.  provides a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising numerous activities and publications webinars (more about this later!) serves as an advocate for effective academic advising by providing a Consultants Bureau, an Awards Program, and funding for Research related to academic advising
  15. 15.  ACA is an allied member of NACADA membership information as well as many valuable resources may be found at their website: http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/ the Clearinghouse link provides a wealth of information on critical advising issues can be found through the Resources tab on the NACADA homepage
  16. 16.  hosts national & regional conferences many UT advisors attend each year, funded by the university considered professional development UT considered a leader in advising nationally ACA leaders involved on a national level with NACADA as officers, board members and chairing committees
  17. 17.  encourage you to visit with your supervisor regarding your professional development plans now consider attending NACADA NACADA National held in the fall semester many ACA members coordinate sharing rooms, transportation, etc.
  18. 18.  ACA pays for NACADA webinars 3-5 each year ACA membership votes on topics to select from webinar seriesAdvisor Training & Development
  19. 19.  networking opportunities to connect with colleagues and campus leaders in advising membership meetings to share relevant advising information & presentations R.O.A.D. – Resources for Ongoing Advisor Development ACA sponsored NACADA Webinars leadership opportunities through committee involvement & ACA administration member list serve to facilitate communicationACA Benefits
  20. 20.  cross-section of the ACA general membership members generally serve a 2-year term charge is to provide advice and feedback to the ACA Executive Committee and the ACA general membership reviews trends in the academic advising profession and their impact on the UT advising recommends official nominees for the NACADA Advising Awards based on nominations from the general ACA membershipAdvisory Council
  21. 21.  one-day, on-campus conference typically held in the fall semester choose from among 16 presentations on a variety of topics interact with UT colleagues as well as other advising professionals from neighboring colleges & universities conference registration fee to cover expensesProfessional Development Day
  22. 22.  one-day, outdoor advising information fair  coming soon this fall semester  opportunity to promote programs, services & other academic opportunities  great way to meet other advisors & to learn about other programs/servicesAdvising EXPO
  23. 23. A wide selection of brown bag workshops, covering a variety of areas pertinent to all levels of advising experience.Advisor Training & Development
  24. 24.  quick, easy way to communicate with each other across campus promote programs, services, deadlines, o pen classes, information sessions, etc. ask questions, have discussions with colleagues utaca@utlists.utexas.eduACA List Serve
  25. 25.  UT administration supports ACA both financially & philosophically membership & participation is key to success as an advising professional meetings & involvement should be considered part of advising job functionsACA is Professional Development
  26. 26.  joinACA attend monthly meetings & network with colleagues volunteer to work on a committee attend ROAD & NACADA webinarsHow can you get involved?
  27. 27.  individuals may join at any time during the year dues are minimal (currently $15) and may be paid to the Treasurer by personal check an invoice may be sent to the department if dues are to be paid with institutional funds; check with your supervisorMembership to ACA
  28. 28.  Associationof Professionals in Student Affairs (APSA) Graduate Coordinator Network (GCN) Higher Education Administration Student Professional Association (HEASPA)Related Organizations
  29. 29. Questions

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