nicole kotlan

Nicole Kotlan

Academic Affairs
Contact Information
(330) 672-0949


Nicole Kotlan, Director of the Exploratory Advising Center in University College oversees the operational, administrative and financial activities of the Exploratory Advising Center and Exploratory Learning Community (EXCEL).Nicole focuses her time on initiatives dedicated to the recruitment and retention of Exploratory pre-major students.Nicole oversees University College Student Advisory Council as their advisor, a council for students representing all areas of the college to provide feedback on current and new initiatives. Nicole also serves on the university’s Retention Taskforce and campus advisor to Delta Zeta sorority.

Under Nicole’s leadership, the Exploratory Advising Center has assumed responsibility for the Exploratory learning community (EXCEL: Explore, Careers, Education and Leadership) and implemented initiatives for Exploratory First-Generation College students and Academic Diversity Outreach programming.Nicole has updated and re-engineered the Exploratory Plan, a plan created to assist Exploratory students in exploration to a declared major.


Certificate: Institutional Research and Assessment, Kent State University, M.Ed.: Higher Education Administration and College Student Personnel, Kent State University, BBA: Major in Marketing, Kent State University


Assessment, Strategic Planning & Budget Management, Curriculum Development, Event Planning and Programming, Enrollment Management, Exploratory pre-major, First Generation, Student Leadership Development, Learning Community Development, College Student Development, Recruitment, Retention Initiatives, Retention Programs, Student Advising and Retention Programs, Academic Advising