The Association strives to be at the forefront of building a transformative, scholarly engaged community that supports both advising professionals and students in the PSET. ELETSA aims to provide leadership and a supportive space to cultivate conversations, communities, and collaborations across campuses that simultaneously advance the overall success of all students through academic advising and provide opportunities for all staff involved with academic advising to seek out professional development opportunities, and be recognised for the work that they do. Key drivers:
- Innovation and flexibility
- Data-driven (evidence-based)
The promotion of emphasis and enhancement of student development practice, support and success. To encourage an integration of prescriptive, developmental and proactive (intrusive) approach to academic advising in an effort to develop students holistically. This by leading in global African academic advising scholarship and practice.
ELETSA Strategic Goals
- Expansion of dedicated institutional Academic Advising capacity.
- Baseline investigation of institutional Academic Advising practices.
- Provision of Training and Development opportunities for Academic Advisors (professional and peers).
- Enabling collaboration and promoting advising with data analytics.
- Sharing of best practices.
- National and international networking through Siyaphumelela and NACADA.
National Academic Advising definition
An ongoing and intentional teaching and learning practice that empowers the student in their learning and development process to explore, align and succeed in their personal, academic and career goals. This definition is based on NACADA`s conceptual framework which serves as the model for academic advisement globally. This model lays the foundation for the advising practice with three content components – conceptual, informational, and relational. An understanding of these content areas provides Academic Advisors the knowledge and skills they need to be effective guides for their students. Therefore, as a shared responsibility between the Academic Advisor and advisee, advising aims to maximise the students’ potential by facilitating a conceptual understanding, sharing relevant information and developing a relationship focused on promoting academic success. The envisaged result is that students have a meaningful academic experience while in higher education and feel a sense of belonging to the institution while maximising their potential to succeed.
NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. NACADA provides a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through numerous activities and publications. NACADA also serves as an advocate for effective academic advising by providing a Consulting and Speaker Service and funding for Research related to academic advising.