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The Guide to Program Effectiveness is provided to help advisors, faculty, and administrators:

  • understand, cultivate, and evaluate the key components (standards) of their advising programs;
  • develop and establish advising learning and development outcomes for their program;
  • report on their advising programs’ goals, activities, processes, needs, and advising outcomes; and
  • improve their ability to understand and meet student needs.

Assessment and evaluation are most effective if their use is locally-driven and resources can be adapted to meet program-level needs and goals. Whether one works individually or is a manager of a small or large advising program; whether one is new to advising or a seasoned professional; and, whether one works in a curricular or a co-curricular program: our aim is to help all advisors develop a framework for evaluation and assessment that benefits students, supports advising, and informs administrators and faculty. The following resources to help the advising community better define its values and achieve its goals through meaningful self-evaluation and assessment.  These efforts will serve the entire UC Berkeley community well and help raise awareness of the true value of advising.


(1) Understanding and evaluating advising programs(link is external) (program standards and reflective questions)

(2) Establishing and assessing student learning and development outcomes(link is external) (stating and assessing student learning outcomes in advising)

(4) Berkeley examples(link is external)

(5) NACADA National Conference 2013: Panel session mateirals (NACADA2013_Session78.pdf)