The Kansas Academic Advising Network traces its origin back to 1993 when a small group of individuals came together to determine if a state organization would be beneficial in Kansas to support academic advising.
There were 78 charter members who attended the first organizational meeting. After this meeting, it was decided that it would be beneficial to gather the Kansas advisors together to discuss advising-related issues and create a professional network.
The charter members determined that a conference would be held at Wichita State University on September 24, 1993.
The annual conference grew with institutions across the state, and the founders determined that they should become an official organization. They aligned the KAAN organization with the National Academic Advising Association and became an allied member.
A set of bylaws were adopted and 501(c)(3) status was received.
The strength and organization of KAAN has not only maintained a valuable advising tradition, but has also hosted regional conferences for NACADA Region 7.
The key to success for KAAN has always been the advisors who have served the organization in leadership roles and as active members. The knowledge and experiences shared within the organization continues as we gather each year for our annual conference.
The mission of KAAN is to support and provide for professional development for academic advisors throughout the State of Kansas, establish a communication network among institutions of higher education regarding the development of the academic advising profession, establish a liaison to and relationships with other professional organizations and groups and support the goals and programs of the National Academic Advising Association.
In addition, KAAN supports and promotes the CAS Standards and Core Values as outlined by NACADA.
KAAN is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
The purpose of the Kansas Academic Advising Network is to increase recognition for academic advising and to support the development and professional growth of academic advisors in higher education in Kansas.
KAAN serves a constituency, which includes academic advisors, counselors, faculty members, administrators, and others in academic and student affairs who are concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students.
KAAN is the representative and advocate of academic advisors in universities, colleges, community colleges, technical colleges and schools, both public and private, and is a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas.
2016-2017 Heather Moore
2016 University of Kansas Edwards Campus