A team from the National Academic Advising Association, or NACADA, spent one week in Qatar where they evaluated Qatar University’s progress since the team’s initial visit in 2011.
Charlie Nutt, NACADA’s executive director; Jayne Drake, vice dean for undergraduate and graduate studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University; and Nancy King, special assistant to the president at Kennesaw State University, traveled to The Gulf Region country Oct. 25-Nov. 1 that shares its southern border with Saudi Arabia.
In 2011, the team suggested that the university move away from its faculty-led advising program to a centralized program. Upon their return last month, they learned the university had hired 50 new advisors who are housed in the colleges but are trained and assessed centrally.
Their consulting relationship has been such a success that NACADA has been invited by Qatar University to co-host an academic advising summit in November 2014 for advisors throughout the Middle East.