Bloomington— Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s director of advising, Eliza Erxleben, was selected for an Outstanding Advising Administrator Award Certificate of Merit from NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. Erxleben will be presented with the award this fall in St. Louis, Mo. at the NACADA national conference.

“As an academic advisor, it is my mission to help students navigate the complex and sometimes arduous landscape of higher education,” said Erxleben. “While students are ultimately responsible for their goals, growth and experiences, advisors are in a position to support them throughout their journeys.”

The Outstanding Advising Administrator Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising administration.

“Advisors in our department feel they get many opportunities for growth, and it’s due to Eliza’s passion to raise others up,” said Melissa Stone, academic advisor at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “She is very student-centered. It is important to her that advisors not only work with students to get them in classes and stay on track, but also that we involve the student in every step of the process.”

It’s through student stories that Erxleben finds her motivation and passion. “Students teach us as much, if not more, than we teach them,” she says.

NACADA is an association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators, and students working to enhance the educational development of students.


NACADA’s membership has grown to over 13,000 faculty, professional advisors, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students. In addition, NACADA is the representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.


About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.