Advising First-Generation Students

Picture of a person working on a laptopAdvising First-Generation Students aims to help participants better understand First-Generation College Students (FGCS) issues and challenges and help them deliver higher-quality academic advising to this special population.

Upcoming Offering:
MARCH 6 - 30, 2024

What you'll learn:

  • Recognize and interpret the Core Competencies 
  • Relate past education/professional experience to approaches for creating equitable environments and communicating in an inclusive manner\
  • Design a plan for ongoing professional growth and involvement

Who this is for:

  • New advising professionals
  • Those who are new to advising this population group

About this eTutorial:

This eTutorial introduces a variety of readings and case studies about FGCS that participants will use to compare and contrast their personal practice with and how their institution delivers advising services to them. The eTutorial aims to help participants become better aware of the issues and challenges this special population of students faces attending higher education. By becoming more aware of FGCS characteristics, participants will identify how they can improve their personal advising practices and assist their institutions in improving programmatic advising design and delivery.   

eTutorial Details

Participants will complete in-depth readings, post replies to discussion boards, and complete quizzes and other assignments. Participants can work at their own pace within each week. There will be weekly assignments but no set time to be online. Participants will have the entire week to complete that week's content, which could be completed in several days or done during the week 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, including discussion posts, quizzes, and readings will be required each week.

The eTutorial is 3.5 (3 1/2) weeks in length. Participants should expect to spend between four-eight hours per week completing the reading, posts, and assignments.

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

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


Each week will include an assessment component including questions covering material and participation in topical discussions.
Upon successful completion (70% or better within the eTutorial) of all 3.5 weeks, the participant will receive a certificate of completion suitable for framing.


2024 Offerings:

  • March 6 – 30, 2024
  • July 10 – August 3, 2024
  • November 6 – December 10, 2024

Registrations close on the Monday before the start of each eTutorial session at 10am CT, no exceptions.


This eTutorial is self-contained and does not require additional materials.

  • $225 for NACADA members -
  • $425 for non-members -

Transfer Policy

A transfer of registration fees to a future offering of any eTutorial offering may be made via request in writing and mailed or emailed ( to NACADA.

The request must be received three (3) business days (Central US time) prior to the start of the eTutorial offering. There is no charge providing the written request is received three business days in advance:

  • Transfer fee – $0.00 USD*

Requests made after three (3) business days and through four (4) business days into the eTutorial offering will incur the following charge:

  • Transfer fee – $100.00 USD

*If registration fees have been transferred at least once before, any future transfer fee is $100.00 USD, at any date.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of registration fees for an eTutorial offering can be made via request in writing and mailed or emailed ( to NACADA. Cancellations after certain dates will incur charges:

Any date ten (10) business days prior to the start of the eTutorial offering:

  • Refund of the registration fee minus $50.00 USD for administrative fees

Any date between three (3) and ten (10) business days prior to the start of the eTutorial offering:

  • Refund of the registration fee minus 50% for administrative fees

Any date after three (3) business days prior to the start of the eTutorial offering:

  • No Refund, due to faculty and technology obligations