Purdue Academic Advising Association (PACADA)

Welcome to the Purdue Academic Advising Association (PACADA)!  PACADA is one of the oldest National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) allied organizations.

Founded in 1987, PACADA’s goals were, and still are, to promote quality advising, advance the professional development of members, and bring awareness of the advising profession to the campus community.

As I take on the role of Chair, I can’t ignore how advising on this campus has changed in the last few years.  Now, more than ever, our voice is being heard across campus on numerous levels.  We have representatives sitting on committees discussing curriculum change, reviewing university policies, designing online processes, and providing input on student disciplinary matters.

A special Student Systems Advisor Advisory Board was created to give advisors the ability to give direct feedback on new systems and policies for the future.  The PACADA Chair and Vice-Chair are invited to attend Head Advisor meetings as an additional voice for advising matters.

As advisors, we are always concerned with the quality of service and support that our students receive.  We care so much for our students and we are passionate about changes that might affect them.  The university has recognized our passion, and as a response has worked to expand our role in various levels of university committees. Furthermore, the university community as made it a habit to ask for our feedback on upcoming initiatives and possible changes. There is still room for improvement and new ways that advisors could collaborate with campus partners, but progress has been made and our students’ lives are easier and happier because of the work we’ve done together!

This year we will continue to see partnerships developing between the advising community and our campus partners.  We have to do our part to make ourselves open to these partnerships and make sure that we keep Purdue moving forward!

I am honored to serve as your PACADA 2018-2019 Chair and look forward to fostering new and continuing partnerships around the university.  I am also honored to be a part of an advising community that consistently shows what it means to be a “voice for the student”.  Thank you for your support of our student population and thank you for all that you continue to do in your ever-changing roles!

Tyson McFall
PACADA Chair, 2018-2019


Mission &Vision

The purpose of the Purdue Academic Advising Association (PACADA) is to promote the quality of academic advising at Purdue University, and to this end, it is dedicated to the support and professional growth of academic advising and advisors. PACADA serves its constituency – faculty members, administrators, counselors, academic advisors, graduate students, and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students. It is the forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas regarding academic advising with other areas and activities of higher education. PACADA is the representative and advocate of academic advising and academic advisors of Purdue University.

PACADA History & By-Laws

Purdue’s Guide to Advising Resource Site

Purdue Academic Advising Association