BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Western Kentucky University program designed to help students be successful is being honored by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

Best Expectation Programs (BEP), an advising program administered by the Academic Advising & Retention Center, was selected as an Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Certificate of Merit recipient. The award is part of the 2013 annual awards program for academic advising and will be presented this fall at the NACADA Annual Conference in Salt Lake City.

Retention Coordinator Brittan Wagner said BEP was nominated for serving at-risk students. The award recognizes programs that document innovative and/or exemplary practices that have resulted in the improvement of academic advising services.

BEP teaches students the importance of positive study habits and time management and provides academic support to help students be independent and successful learners, Wagner said.

“These academic services offer participating students the opportunity to better prepare and adapt to college life and to improve their academic skills and performance in college courses,” she said. “BEP serves a variety of at-risk students, including students on academic probation, academic dismissal and academically underprepared students.”

Since 1983, NACADA has honored individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. Its goal is to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to enhance the educational development of students.


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