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Historically, faculty lived in college and university residence halls in order to support students holistically, addressing both academic and personal issues as needed. Academic advising became more defined as a university activity in the 1960’s, but it was not until the California State University and University of California systems held a joint conference on academic advising in 1976 that the idea for a national organization emerged. The first National Conference on Academic Advising took place in 1978, and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) was established the next year in 1979. The purpose of NACADA was initially to promote the quality of academic advising in higher education, which led to training and professional growth opportunities for academic advisors.

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