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CWU’s Bassett Receives Advising Excellence Accolade

“I am committed to working with students to develop a personalized plan for their success. I see my job as being a support to them on their journey to achieving their academic, personal, and professional goals.”

That attitude and work ethic were honored when Caitlin Bassett, CWU lead academic advisor, received the Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role award at the 2019 National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Northwest Region 8 conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The award is made in recognition of advisors whose primary role is the direct delivery of advising to students. Nominees must directly advise students at least 50 percent of their time.

Bassett, who is part of the university’s Student Transitions and Academic Resources staff, was among 15 honorees, and one of just two from public institutions in Washington, from the NACADA region that includes universities and colleges throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, along with the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, and the Yukon Territory.

During the regional conference, Bassett also co-presented “Crafting Your Own Advising Philosophy.”

NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students.

Lifelong student development is also key to Bassett.

“As an academic advisor, my hope is that my students never stop exploring, asking questions, reflecting, and growing with each inspiration or challenge they experience here at Central and beyond,” she noted.

Media contact: Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,

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