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USM chosen to be part of nationwide academic advising initiative

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The University of Southern Maine is among 12 universities nationwide that will help academic advisors promote student learning, success and completion.

The two-year program — a collaboration of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education — created a dozen charter schools that will pursue an evidence-based, redesign process that helps institutions created and implement a comprehensive strategic plan for academic advising.

USM is the only charter school in Maine.

Among the others are Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland,  Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, College of the Mainland in Texas City, Texas and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

The charter schools were chosen to capture a cross section of higher education including two-year and four-year institutions, small private liberal-arts colleges, Historic Black Colleges and Universities, as well as large, private, online, regional and state institutions, public and private research universities.

They will engage in an institution‐wide initiative using NACADA and the Gardner Institute’s nine “Conditions of Excellence in Academic Advising.” These standards acknowledge the role of academic advising in promoting student learning, success, and completion as well as the complexity of higher education and organizational change. Excellence in Academic Advising Fellows will support the development of a set of evidence‐based institutional recommendations for change, as well as provide support for plan implementation.

“Academic advising is a key component of student success, persistence, and degree completion on many campuses,” said Charlie Nutt, NACADA executive director. “By examining advising through multiple lenses and implementing evidence‐based recommendations, institutions can ensure alignment with priorities for student success.”