Advisor Learning Program

Executive Summary:
Washington State University Advisor Learning Program

The WSU Advisor Learning Program (ALP) supports:

  • A community of primary-role and faculty advisors who are committed to continuous training and professional development to ensure students receive consistent, quality advising across the WSU system.
  • A culture of learning-centered advising, that focuses on key student transitions and active student engagement
  • The development and strengthening of academic advising practice through an understanding and application of the NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) Core Competencies.

We accomplish this mission through:

  • Comprehensive, continuous training and professional development for all who advise students.
  • Consistent advising experiences regardless of college or campus.
  • Opportunities for training to keep up-to-date on advising trends and changes.
  • Comprehensive use of technology in advising practice.
  • Formal and informal learning adhering to the 70:20:10 model of professional development: 70% on-the-job learning, 20% coaching and mentoring, and 10% formal learning.
  • Collaboration between departmental, college, and university academic advisors.
  • Mandatory training for social justice and cultural competency specifically designed for academic advisors.
  • Self-assessment, reflection, and improvement in individual advising practices.


  • Advisor training and professional development will be tracked through HRS Percipio software. Advisors are expected to complete Foundations of Academic Advising part I and part II as indicated in the Educational Policies and Procedures Manual (EPMM).
  • All advisors are mandated to complete refresher modules each year that cover reinstatement, technology changes, legal issues, and other necessary updates.  There will be regularly scheduled opportunities for professional development through both the Advisor Learning Program and WSU ACADA (Academic Advising Association) trainings/seminars/workshops.
  • It is also expected that advisors receive fiscal support by their units for annual NACADA membership fees.