Academic advising and academic coaching are critical components in the success of undergraduate students. The goal is to assist students in creating and achieving educational, career, and life goals.

Advising & Coaching Community at CU Boulder

There are several advising and student support centers across the Boulder campus; some are housed within one of the colleges and schools and others are stand-alone programs. Support services vary but include academic advising, academic coaching, and overall academic support. Find out more about advising services on campus.

Associate Vice Provost Shelly Bacon collaborates with these advising and student support centers to align the work of advising with the goals of the campus and to promote a consistent advising experience that supports students and student success initiatives. Two key governance groups help to shape the advising landscape: the Advising Council and the Campus Advising Executive Council (CAEC). 

  • The Advising Council is comprised of advisors and coaching representatives from each advising unit. They are a representative body that facilitates interactions and information-sharing across the advising community and that works to evaluate ways to improve both the student and the staff experience.
  • The CAEC group is comprised of directors and assistant and associate deans from advising and student support centers.  The group meets monthly to discuss shared goals and to align best practice.

Professional Development Opportunities for Staff and Faculty

The advising community hosts many professional development opportunities throughout the year, and participation in a specific collection of topics will earn a non-professional Master of Advisory Practice Certificate.  All interested staff and faculty on campus are welcome to attend and also welcome to pursue the certificate.  


NACADA Award Winners

On behalf of Advising Council, we'd like to extend a hearty congratulations to:

  • Lily Board - Winner of the Most Outstanding Advising Administrator Award
  • Lauren Brown - Certificate of Merit, Most Outstanding Advisor
  • Anna Metzger - Certificate of Merit, Most Outstanding New Advisor

Advising Excellence Awards

As part of a new tradition on campus of honoring those in the advising community who are making a strong contribution, the Office of Undergraduate Education sponsors Campus Advising Excellence Awards each year to highlight advisors, coaches, and administrators who are held up by their peers and their students as the standard for excellence.

2021 Award Winners

  • Outstanding Academic Coach: Audrey Blakenheim, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Outstanding New Academic Advisor: Brooke Nelson, University Exploration & Advising Center
  • Outstanding Experienced Academic Advisor: Debbie Yeh, College of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Outstanding Administrator or Leader: Dylan West, Program in Envrionmental Design
  • Outstanding Student Sucess Professional in the Advising & Coaching Community: Blazey Heier, Division of Continuing Education
  • Outstanding Advising Program: Academic Success Team, Student Support & Advising Services, College of Engineering & Applied Science

2020 Award Winners

  • Outstanding Academic Coach: Alicia Sepulveda, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Outstanding New Academic Advisor: Anna Metzger, University Exploration & Advising Center
  • Outstanding Experienced Academic Advisor: Lauren Brown, University Exploration & Advising Center
  • Outstanding Administrator: Lily Board, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Outstanding Advising Program: Advisor Onboarding, Training, and Development Program, Dana Parcher, Office of Undergraduate Education

2019 Award Winners

  • Oustanding Academic Coach: Alana Davis-Delaria, College of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Oustanding New Academic Advisor: Kelli McAntee, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Oustanding  Experienced Academic Advisor: Allie Carpenter, College of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Oustanding Administrator: Suzanne Classen, Continuing Education
  • Outstanding Advising Program: College of Arts & Sciences Academic Advising Center's Coaching Program (Audrey Blankenheim, Eryn Elder, Bea Salazar, Alicia Sepulveda)
  • Outstanding Advising Technology Innovation: Maura Hollister, College of Engineering & Applied Science

2018 Award Winners

  • Oustanding Experienced Academic Advisor: Jo Uleau, College of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Oustanding New Academic Advisor: Kate Feldman, College of Arts & Sciences

2017 Award Winners

  • Oustanding Experienced Academic Advisor: Victoria Ibarra, College of Music
  • Oustanding New Academic Advisor: Dylan West, Environmental Design, Environmental Studies, and Geography