Save the Date: Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) will be hosting the 2019 Annual Conference on September 12th and 13th.

  • Overview

    WACADA 2018

    Hosted by:  University of Wisconsin-Platteville

    September 13-September 14, 2018

    Pre-conference activity:

    Key Note Speaker:  Tim Dale, “Finding Big Pieces of the Student Success Puzzle:  Belonging, Mindset, and Resilience”

    Agenda: Click Here to download a PDF copy of the conference agenda

    Thursday September 13:  All events are in Ullsvik Hall (please note: parking will be limited)

    10:00 AM 11:00 AM Pre-conference activity (M, etc.)
    11:00 AM 1:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
    12:00 PM 1:30 PM Check In
    1:00 PM 1:30 PM Conference Welcome
    1:30 PM 2:30 PM Keynote – Tim Dale
    2:30 PM 2:45 PM Break
    2:45 PM 3:10 PM Hot Topics & Networking Sessions (Round 1)
    3:15 PM 3:40 PM Hot Topics & Networking Sessions (Round 2)
    3:45 PM 4:10 PM Hot Topics & Networking Sessions (Round 3)
    4:15 PM 4:45 PM New and Continuing Member Event
    5:00 PM 7:00 PM Reception at Steve’s Pizza Palace


    Friday September 14: Morning events being in Ullsvik Hall, Concurrent Sessions are in Markee Pioneer Student Center, Lunch and Business Meeting will be held in Ullsvik Hall

    7:15 AM 8:15 AM Check In
    7:30 AM 8:00 AM Breakfast (Provided)
    8:00 AM 8:15 AM Friday Welcome
    8:15 8:45 AM Student Panel
    9:15 10:00 AM Concurrent Session 1
    10:05 10:50 AM Concurrent Session 2
    10:50 11:00 AM Break
    11:00 11:45 AM Concurrent Session 3
    12:00 2:00 PM Lunch/Awards Recognition and Board Update


    Reception: Steve’s Pizza Palace, Platteville WI


    Holiday Inn:  608-342-2238 – A hotel block has been reserved – call the hotel directly to take advantage of the room block.

    Holiday Inn is within walking distance of conference location and reception

    Country Inn and Suites:  608-348-7373

    Super 8:  608-348-8800

    Mound View Platteville:  608-348-9518

    Parking:  Parking is limited.  Attendees staying at the Holiday Inn are encouraged to self-park at the hotel and walk to campus.  Daily visitor parking passes can be purchased here:  If purchasing a daily visitor pass – please select “commuter” as your available permit.

    Campus Map

  • 2018 Conference

    This year, the 2018 WACADA conference will be September 13 and 14 at UW-Platteville!
    Be sure to mark your calendar for the following important dates:
    Registration: Opens on June 1
    Conference: September 13 and 14

    To request disability and accessibility accommodations, contact Amy Foley at 800.362.5460 or

  • Presentations

    Hot Topics (Thursday)

    • Tracking Students to Graduation
    • Advising adult learners
    • Communicating with students about their success: why small things are big things
    • High School Visit programs
    • Orientation Programs
    • Delivering bad news to students and handling difficult advising sessions
    • Young Professionals: The first 1-3 years as a full time employee
    • What Campus Diversity Programs can learn from McCain’s funeral
    • Challenges in advising online students
    • Peer Mentoring programs
    • Advising a student organization to keep students Drift-less
    • Career and Professional Development Strategies for Veteran Advisors
    • “Intersectionality & Intentionality”: Advising Students With Multiple Minority Identities (Race/Ethnicity, Class, Sexual Orientation, 1G)

    Presentation Topics (Friday)

    • But I’m just an Advisor: Creating change for your students without a leadership title
    • Cultural Responsiveness the Fun Way
    • Supporting Undocumented Students
    • Factors to consider in an Environment of Constant Change
    • Early Alert: Stop Student Drifting!
    • Saving Sinking Sophomores
    • Embracing 360 Advising to Enhance Student Success
    • Collaborative Advising of International Students: Challenges and Best Practices
    • Native American Students 101: A Primer fof Serving Wisconsin’s Indigenous Post-secondary Population
    • Increasing retention without increasing your budget
    • How Academic Coaching helps students to “drift less”

  • Keynote Speakers

    Our keynote speaker this year is Tim Dale, presenting “Finding Big Pieces of the Student Success Puzzle: Belonging, Mindset, and Resilience”.

    Research suggests that timely educational experiences (including high impact practices and interventions to enhance belonging and growth mindsets) positively contribute to student success, especially among first generation college students and students from underrepresented groups. Despite the demonstrated effectiveness of such practices, the challenge for many universities is bringing this research to bear on large-scale institutional change. This presentation will highlight recent findings from college student belonging research, and include a discussion of nation-wide efforts to promote best-practices in these areas. We will also discuss ways that advisors can support this work, and network with faculty and others on campus to support student success.

  • “Get Involved! Present, ask questions, apply for can lead to so many opportunities in the future.”
    Melissa Lantta
    Student Pathways Coordinator at Blackhawk Technical College
  • “I chose to become involved in WACADA to further connect and engage in discussions on recent trends and research.”
    Jennifer M. Ball-Sharpe
    Associate Director of Student Services Online at Herzing University
  • “Being connected to advisors with vast arrays of experience and knowledge across the state is a wonderful thing.”
    Blake Bishop
    Academic Success Coach at UW-Flexible Option
  • “It's wonderful to be able to attend events with like-minded colleagues who all "get" advising...”
    Holly Radke
    Academic Advisor at Cardinal Stritch University