SHU's Freshman Academic Advising Team Wins National Award

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Sacred Heart University’s College of Arts & Science’s advising program, Freshman Academic Advising Program, has been recognized as among the best in the nation according to the National Academic Advising Association.  SHU’s program has been selected as an Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Certificate of Merit recipient from the National Academic Advising Association as part of the 2008 Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising. This program is directed by Michael Bozzone, assistant dean of SHU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

According to NACADA, this quality advising program was selected as one of seven programs to be honored with this award in nationwide competition this year. The Outstanding Advising Program Awards annually recognize programs that document innovative and/or exemplary practices resulting in improvement of academic advising service. This award will be presented during the annual NACADA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois in October 2008.

SHU’s Freshman Academic Advising Program offers freshmen a meaningful and supportive connection with a Sacred Heart University faculty member during their first year of college. Academic advisors, in and out of the classroom, assist freshmen with their transition to the new and challenging academic environment of college.

The academic advisor supports his/her advisees as they begin their journey toward independent and lifelong learning. While doubling as a professor in one of a freshman's first-semester courses, the academic advisor serves as the primary contact and resource for all academic and academic-related matters. SHU’s freshman academic advisors strive to be available, knowledgeable, and concerned.

Each year 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.

The over 10,000 NACADA members consist 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.