Advisor Resources

Professional Development

Advisor Reading Group 
Advisor Reading Group, a professional opportunity for staff and faculty advisors to come together over lunch to discuss the latest literature on academic advising and student success. Past articles explored the themes of student retention and major exploration.

Maryland College Personnel Association 
The Maryland College Personnel Association actively seeks to promote the ideology and philosophy of individuals committed to student development in higher education.

NASPA Program Submission Guidelines 
A guide to writing an effective NASPA proposal. The tutorial includes the following: Choosing a Program Title, Writing the Program Abstract, The Program Description, and Effective Learning Outcomes.

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Call for Proposals Tutorial
A tutorial and guide to writing an effective NACADA proposal. The tutorial includes guidelines for writing an effective presentation proposal and guidelines for writing the title and abstract.

Student Success Office Annotated Bibliography 
The Student Success Office provides a list of article and book titles along with suggested points of interest concerning student success among college students. Each article is accessible for advisor and faculty perusal through links in the reference section. Please sign-in to your UMD Library Account to have full access. 

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) 
The national professional organization for academic advisors. NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students.

Technology and Services

Advise on the Web 
Helpful hints to using ADVISE on the Web, an online tool to identify students using specific search criteria.
Contact: Tim Malone,

ELMS, often referred to as Canvas, is a great way for faculty and staff to create an online community for a class or group of students to share thoughts, announcements, resources, and track grades. Information and training materials can be found on the ELMS website or Division of Information Technology’s Design website. Find out when free trainings will take place by checking the calendar.
Instructional design consultations can be made by calling 301-405-8702
ELMS help: Monday – Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm call 301-405-1500
24/7 help call 877-399-4090 or log into ELMS and click on the Help link to chat with support or report a problem.

Learning Assistance Service

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity Center

Student Information System 

Student Success Office Advisor Resources 
The Student Success Office provides important information and resources to support daily interactions with undergraduates.

Transfer Credit Services 
Transfer Credit Services provides a Transfer Credit Database  to see how coursework will transfer to the University of Maryland from other institutions. If a course needs to be evaluated, follow this process.

u.achieve helps students and advisors evaluate academic progress towards degree completion. If you’re new to the system, use this u.achieve Basic Users Guide for Advisors to begin. There are also helpful training videos available.