Academic Success and the Student-Athlete Online Course

Summer 2022 Course
Dates: June 13 - August 7, 2022
Price On/Before Friday, June 3:
  • $195 for NACADA/N4A members
  • $325 for non-members
Price On/After Saturday, June 4:
  • $245 for NACADA/N4A members
  • $375 for non-members

Course Description

This course has been developed by NACADA’s NCAA Advisory Board and members of the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A) as a professional development resource for current and aspiring academic advisors, athletic academic support professionals, and campus administrators (both inside and outside of athletics) who would like to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the student-athlete population, student-athlete academic support, eligibility certification, and the college athletic landscape.

Weekly course and discussion topics include athletic culture in higher education; student-athlete identity and intersections; the history, role, and academic eligibility rules of NCAA Divisions I, II, & III; current challenges facing the student-athlete population; and transitioning out of sport.

Course Details

Course Format
This course contains eight weekly modules that will be asynchronous in format and allow participants to work at their own pace within each module. The option of a weekly live Zoom discussion on each module’s topic and/or participation in a discussion board will be offered. The class content will move forward each week allowing a participant the entire week to work through the week's content. 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, readings, and engagement with other participants (either via Zoom or discussion board) will be required each week to develop content knowledge and a network with other participants and facilitators. Assignments and readings will be required each week.

Course Facilitators
Facilitators will assist participants by posing topics for discussion, sharing successful practices, and answering questions. Facilitators are experienced practitioners in the field of student-athlete advisement and college athletics. In addition to acting as a resource for participants, facilitators will also grade weekly assignments and monitor participation in discussions.

Course Assessment
Each module will include an assessment component including questions covering material and participation in topical discussions. Weekly discussions will have the option of traditional discussion board posts or participation in the week's live dicussion meeting via zoom. Four (4) assignments are required of participants and are every two weeks in the course.
Completion of Course
Upon successful completion of all eight modules, the participant will receive a certificate. Successful completion is defined as earning 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

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Refund Policy

On/before June 3: A refund of course fees, less a $50 administrative fee, will be made with a written request.

On/After June 4: 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.

Participant Feedback

  • Awesome class gained a lot of great information.

  • This was a great class and I hope I have the opportunity to participate in a second level if it is offered.

  • Thank you for offering this course! As a new advisor, I found it very helpful!

  • I enjoyed this and would like to take another course this coming summer. Thanks!

  • I have really enjoyed taking this summer class and having the opportunity to apply what I learned from my job, the readings, guest speakers and everyone who was taking this class as well. I have really enjoyed learning more about the rules for all of the NCAA Divisions. Also, it has been cool to meet many different new professionals in this career and hear about their perspectives. I really enjoyed talking about our core values first and how we can help the student-athletes determine their core values.

  • I have really enjoyed participating in this course these past eight weeks! It has been especially useful having the opportunity to interact with professional peers in different positions (e.g., campus advisors, DI, DII, DIII) and from different institutions. The incorporation of guest speakers for an array of topics was very enlightening. All of the readings and resources were very interesting and are resources I will be returning to throughout my career. I loved how interactive my facilitator was!

  • The course also helped me to gain information that is beneficial when helping these students stay focused and committed along their academic paths.

  • This course has introduced me to topics related to eligibility/academic progress at all levels, athletic identity, and the resources that academic advisors can use to assist student-athletes. I now understand the importance of professional advisors being informed about the NCAA eligibility standards for athletic participation.

  • I have learned how important it is to form relationships with the student-athlete’s athletic advisor, coach, or other staff that work closely with them.

  • The materials and knowledge gained through this course have been enormously helpful at this time in my young advising career. This course allowed me to follow up on those learned experiences, meet people who have gone through or are going through the same thing as me, and learn a few different student-athlete advising rules and strategies along the way.

  • This class has been a very enjoyable experience for me as it has allowed me to evaluate myself as an advisor and learn other ways I can best serve our students and our campus community.

  • This e-Tutorial was a wonderful and informative experience. I am looking forward to applying this knowledge to my advising practice.

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.