NOSS exists to assist education professionals in making a positive difference in the lives of students.

NOSS was formerly known as NADE, the National Association for Developmental Education.

The 2020-2021 NOSS Executive Board was inducted at the 2020 Conference on March 7th.  Left to right:  Annette Cook, Conference Manager; Dan Nelson, Vice-President; Denise Lujan, President; Carol Mueller, Treasurer; Glynis Mullins, Secretary; Meredith Sides, Presidential-Elect

Name Change Announcement

We are happy to announce the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) is now officially known as the National Organization for Student Success (NOSS).

In 1976, NADE began as the National Association for Remedial/Developmental Education Studies in Postsecondary Education or NAR/DSPE.  The organization has continually offered professional development opportunities for faculty and support staff in higher education for 43 years, and that will not change as we move forward.  The decision to change the name has been years in the making with much research and opportunities for member input. The name change will allow our organization to continue what NADE began as our purpose.  We will

  • focus on the academic success of students

  • provide professional development for administrators, faculty, and support professionals

  • support student learning

  • provide public leadership

  • disseminate exemplary models of practice

  • coordinate efforts with other organizations

  • facilitate communication among educational professionals.

Our commitment to our members remains unchanged. By re-branding ourselves as the National Organization for Student Success, we are expanding our commitment to growth and community which is reflected in our new logo.

We are in the beginning stages of the re-branding process, which includes creating a timeline for the roll-out, taking appropriate and legal steps to officially change the name, and identifying marketing steps that need to be taken to ensure those outside of NOSS are aware of the change. As such, we first want to share the following information:

CHAPTER LEADERS:  As the national board continues work on the re-branding, the marketing committee is creating a "Tool Box" of resources for chapters that wish to change their names. Chapter presidents should expect the Tool Box by April 1, 2019. We will keep you informed of changes throughout the process.

NETWORK, COMMITTEE CHAIRS & ACCREDITATION COMMISSION:  We will ensure that you, as leaders of the organization, have a voice and are aware of any changes impacting Networks, Committees, or the Accreditation Commission.

MEMBERS:  Our goal is to be forthcoming with information in a timely manner to ensure that you are aware of how we are progressing.

Please carefully read newsletters and emails from NOSS as we go through this process.  Stay tuned!


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On behalf of the Executive Board, I welcome you to our website.  I hope you will find it easy to use and that all the information you are looking for is at your fingertips.  The NOSS website is intended to serve as a resource for your professional needs, provide you with opportunities to learn about our organization, and a place to learn from others in our field.  Please contact us for more information, we are here to work together for the good of the organization. 

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller

--Denise Lujan, President 

4th Annual McCabe Conference

June 28, 2019

Keynote speaker, Dr. Nikki Edgecombe (second from left, Community College Research Center), pauses after her keynote address for a picture with Patrick Saxon (NOSS Interim President-Elect), Denise Lujan (NOSS President), and Tamara Clunis (Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Amarillo College).  Click here to see more pictures from the McCabe Conference.

NOSS, The National Organization for Student Success, (formerly known as NADE) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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