Advising Undecided & Exploratory Students

Picture of a person's feet with two arrows on the group point in different directionsAdvising Undecided and Exploratory Students provides a background in the research and issues that defines and describes undecided college students, as well as an example of a specialized advising curriculum, its learning outcomes, and activities with which advisors can use to compare and contrast their advising program's efforts to help these students develop their academic and career plans. 

Upcoming Offering:
JUNE 7 - JULY 1, 2023

What you'll learn:

  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the nature of college students' undecidedness towards their academic and vocational goals by reviewing pertinent research, literature from the field, appropriate models and approaches to working with these students, and psycho/social theories that can provide insights to the needs of these students. 
  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding and critique several critical elements of practice for advising this population of students.

Who this is for:

  • Those new to the profession
  • Those new to advising this population group

About this eTutorial:

This e-tutorial introduces, during the first week, presents an overview of issues and research related to describing and defining undecided college students, which includes examples of sub-types of students found within this population. The second two weeks provide examples of the advising curriculum, learning outcomes, and some activities developed by Dr. Gordon to help these students develop their academic and career plans. The last week has participants compare and contrast their programs' design and delivery for advising for this population of students and identify where they might improve them with the ideas derived from this e-Tutorial.

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.

Computer Specifications

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

Visit the Instructure Community Page for current browser and computer requirements.


2023 Offerings:
  • June 7 - July 1
  • August 2 - 26
  • November 1 - December 5

Registrations close on the Wednesday before the start of each eTutorial session.


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