Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education and the Kentucky Academic Advising Association

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 13, 2008  
Contact Information:  Catharine Penfold Navarro
KACADA Communications Chair
(859) 246-4622


     Academic advisors from Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities have formed the Kentucky Academic Advising Association, which aims to improve student success and boost student transfer. The organization, which is a state chapter of the National Academic Advising Association, plans to hold an annual conference to provide professional development opportunities for academic advisors at both two- and four-year institutions.
     “Advisors assist students in academic planning and play an integral role in their success,” said Dr. Ellen Bonaguro, president of KACADA and director of the Academic Advising & Retention Center at Western Kentucky University. “KACADA will be incredibly valuable in supporting advisors as they work to facilitate the success of Kentucky’s college students.”
     Kentucky’s postsecondary education system is striving to increase student enrollment, retention and graduation in an effort to meet target goals set by the Council on Postsecondary Education’s plan to “Double the Numbers” of bachelor’s degree holders in Kentucky by 2020.
     “I applaud the joint effort of the institutions to create this new communication avenue for advisors across the state,” said Dr. Richard Crofts, interim president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “Experience teaches us that excellent advising results in higher retention and graduation rates.”
     KACADA installed its first executive committee this summer. Officers represent five different institutions, including Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, the University of Kentucky and Bluegrass Community & Technical College.
     “KACADA will provide unique opportunities for Kentucky’s academic advisors to continue to facilitate the success of students,” according to Benton Shirey, director of Academic Advising and Retention at Eastern Kentucky University and president-elect of KACADA. “We’re in this profession because we care about our students and want to see them excel.”
     Institutional staff or graduate students may become KACADA members by contacting membership chair Bret Ripley at 859-246-6323 or or by completing a membership application available at Membership fees are $20 for institutional staff and $10 for graduate students.
     For more information, visit the new KACADA Web site



Last Updated 8/13/2008