MSC Advisement Director receives scholarship to international institute


Amanda Baldridge, Director of Academic Advising at Murray State College, was selected to receive an Administrators’ Institute Scholarship. The Institute is sponsored by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

Baldridge attended the Institute held in Albuquerque, NM, February 6-8, 2014 for an intensive program designed to benefit advising administrators of all levels at institutions of higher education.  Baldridge is one of six individuals honored with this scholarship award in the competition this year, and was the only attendee from Oklahoma at the conference.

Professionals from across the globe utilize learning community groups facilitated by institute faculty who are experienced advising administrators and leaders in the field.  The faculty and groups assist in the development of the participant action plans.  The action plans address a key issue or concern on campus that the administrator wants to focus on for improvement or change.  Baldridge says she left the conference with a great action plan that she is looking forward to putting to use at Murray State College.

"Attending the NACADA Administrators Institute was an excellent opportunity to focus my efforts on building an action plan to bring back to Murray State College advisement and our students,” says Baldridge.  “We spent a lot of time focusing on advisement as learning and how valuable advisement is in the holistic experience of a student’s education.”

This Institute also provided administrators with the tools needed to respond to the latest issues appearing on campuses and help address issues within academic advising programs.  Another objective of the Administrators’ Institute is to help professionals such as Baldridge to develop a clearer sense of academic advising programs, how to effectively administer to them, and how programs should fit within the institution.

“The advisement relationship is the core for student learning, student success, and student retention,” Baldridge says.  “I welcomed the time to reflect on our processes and was inspired and excited to get back to campus to embrace ideas modeled around learning outcomes and assessment in the area of academic advisement."

Since 1983, NACADA has honored individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.  The goal of NACADA is to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to enhance the educational development of students.  NACADA’s membership consists of faculty, professional advisors, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students.  In addition, NACADA is the representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.

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