Academic Success and the Student-Athlete Online Course

Summer 2019 Course

Dates: June 3 - July 28, 2019

Price On/Before May 24:
    • $195 for NACADA members
    • $325 for non-members
Price On/After May 25:
    • $245 for NACADA members
    • $375 for non-members

Course Description

This course has been developed for use by academic advisors, athletic counselors and other campus staff (both inside and outside athletics) responsible for student-athlete academic support and for eligibility certification.

The goal of the course is to provide an avenue for staff members who work campus-wide to gain information on basic principles for advising students, with an emphasis on advising student-athletes, improving academic success, and NCAA rules and regulations.

Course Details

Course Format
Participants will not be required to be online at any particular time and can work at their own pace within each weekly module. The class content will move forward each week allowing the participant the entire week to work through the week's content. The participants can complete the content all in one day or do a little each day as their schedule allows. By offering this information in an online format, participants are provided a learning opportunity that can be accessed either in their own home or office, and at a time of day that works best for their schedules. Assignments and readings will be required each week.

The course is eight weeks with each individual module being 1 week in length.

This course is structured in a manner that allows the participants to develop a national network through interaction with other members of their cohort through virtual chat rooms and discussion boards.

Course Facilitators
Facilitators will be assigned to assist those taking the course by posing questions for discussion, sharing successful practices and answering questions.

Course Weekly Modules:
Week 1: Principles of Advising and Student Success
Week 2: Athletic Culture and Higher Ed
Week 3: Student-Athlete Experience and Identity
Week 4: Subsets of the Student-Athlete Population
Week 5: NCAA History and Role, Academic Reform, Initial Eligibility
Week 6: NCAA Continue Eligibility, Transfer
Week 7: Academic Advising and Support Specific to Student-Athletes
Week 8: Transitioning Out of Sport

Course Assessment
Each Module will include an assessment component including questions covering material and participation in topical discussions.
Completion of Course
Upon successful completion of all eight modules, the participant will receive a certificate suitable for framing.  Successful completion is defined as a 70% or better in the course.

Technology Requirements

Canvas and its hosting infrastructure are designed for maximum compatibility and minimal requirements.

Operating Systems
Windows XP SP3 and newer
Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
Linux - chromeOS
Computer Speed and Processor
Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
1GB of RAM
2GHz processor
Internet Speed
Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.
Minimum of 512kbps
Screen Readers
Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer 10 &11)
PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome



Registration is OPEN for the 2019 offering.

Refund Policy

On/Before May 24: A refund of course fees, less a $25 administrative fee, will be made with a written request.

On/After May 25: No refunds. At any time prior to the beginning of the course, a participant may transfer a registration to another individual from the same institution. The new individual must complete and submit a registration form indicating the substitution.

Accessing the Course

Once the course begins and you are registered, you can access the course, using the login information provided in the Syllabus, either online or via mobile app.