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The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition is pleased to now offer online courses on current topics related to the first-year experience and students in transition.

Our online courses are designed to be as close as possible to in-person instruction—providing attendees with the same content and opportunities to interact with classmates and the instructor—and are enhanced with pedagogy and teaching techniques that are uncommon or impractical in a traditional classroom format. These courses typically run between four and five weeks, with the majority of instruction occurring in an asynchronous environment. Asynchronous instruction is neither time-bound nor location-bound and does not require the simultaneous participation of all students and instructors. It uses tools such as email, threaded discussions/forums, listservs, and blogs.

Participants will earn 1.5 continuing education units.

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Each online course has limited registration, so early registration is encouraged.


Supporting the Collegiate Student-Athlete Outside of Sport

Course Date: May 6 - 31, 2024

Instructor: Amy Densevich

This course will review the various transitions that may occur within the NCAA Athlete experience such as the transition from high school to college, the transition into eligibility requirements and the transition for international student-athletes. The course will also provide an introduction to NCAA initial and continuing eligibility requirements as well as an overview of Academic Progress Rate (APR) and NCAA bylaws that would impact academic advisors. Finally, it will allow participants the opportunity to share their views of working with student-athletes and gain a better understanding of how to support them.

Course Objectives

As a part of this course, participants will:

  • Recognize the various transitions of collegiate student-athletes
  • Identify strategies to further support the collegiate student-athlete
  • Describe key components of NCAA initial and continuing eligibility
  • Describe and evaluate Academic Progress Rate (APR)

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Amy Densevich

Associate Athletic Director, Student-Athlete Academic Services, Kent State University

Amy Densevich currently serves as the Associate Athletic Director at Kent State University and has dual roles as a sport administrator and academic advisor. Within the academic advising role she is responsible for education and tracking of NCAA continuing eligibility policies, as well as academic mentoring for student-athletes across six teams. She is also the advisor of the International Student-Athlete program and the graduate academic intern program. Amy is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) and in June 2015 completed N4A’s Professional Development Institute (PDI).

Prior to her return to Kent State and higher education, Amy taught special education in a K-12 setting for the Hudson City School District for seven years while also serving as the head softball coach. A former softball student-athlete, Amy returned to Kent State as an assistant softball coach after her teaching career. Amy earned both her Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Education degrees from Kent State University.

Registration Deadline: April 23, 2024
Course Capacity: 35 registrants 
Fee: $425


The HBCU Experience from a Student Affairs Perspective

Course Date: June 3 - 28, 2024

Instructor: Tasha Carson

This course is designed for student affairs practitioners and student support service providers in the field of higher education who seek to gain understanding of the staff and student experience at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). It explores theoretical perspectives and practical approaches to serving the HBCU student population through frameworks related to academic success, advising, mentoring, student support, and student engagement. We will examine the history, culture, and impact of HBCUs on education and its critical role in American history and society. Students will be expected to evaluate high-impact practices (HIPs) currently being used at HBCUs and analyze creative strategies for better engaging students of color. This course will incorporate diverse perspectives, including faculty, staff, alumni, and guest speakers from HBCUs.

Course Objectives

As a part of this course, participants will:

  • Describe the historical and cultural impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities on American education.
  • Define and provide examples of high-impact practices currently being used at HBCUs to address advising, mentoring, and student success.
  • Differentiate the specific challenges and opportunities faced by HBCU students compared to students at other institutions.
  • Develop the knowledge, skills, and cultural competencies necessary to provide effective mentoring and advising support to students within the unique context of HBCUs.
  • Articulate how the HBCU experience can inform your own personal and professional development.

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Tasha Carson

Assistant Vice President in Student Affairs, Tennessee State University

Tasha A. Carson, Ph.D., is a noted strategist, solutionist, and higher education enthusiast. She currently serves as the Assistant Vice President in the Division of Student Affairs at Tennessee State University. As a speaker and trainer, she has presented at national conferences and numerous HBCUs throughout the country, including Langston University, Fisk University, Bethune-Cookman University, Shaw University, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, on an array of topics ranging from student leadership to staff development.

With a nearly 12-year career established on integrity, student-centeredness, and organizational theory, she is an emerging leader in the field of higher education. Dr. Carson is a two-time graduate of North Carolina Central University, where she earned a masters in counseling education and two undergraduate degrees in political science and sociology. She earned her Ph.D. in urban higher education from Jackson State University. As a devoted lifelong learner, she holds two leadership certifications from HarvardX and a wealth of continuing education completions.

Registration Deadline: May 21, 2024
Course Capacity: 30 registrants 
Fee: $425


Made to Measure: Intermediate Principles of Assessment 

Course Dates: July 8 – August 2, 2024

Course Instructor: Dallin Young

This course is aimed at making assessment more manageable for higher education professionals who have been tasked with conducting assessment, but perhaps have lingering questions about how to make their assessment efforts more efficient and effective. Developing the skills necessary to plan, carry out, interpret, and implement assessment activities is important to those who have been tasked with these responsibilities.  This course aims to provide information and techniques to those interested in developing intermediate-level proficiency with assessment and evaluation.  The course will cover topics such as aligning assessment plans with department, division, and institutional goals; knowing how to gather and make sense of qualitative and quantitative data; connecting assessment results to program improvements; and developing relationships with key stakeholders in the process. 

Course Objectives 

As a part of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the process of developing aligned assessment plans  
  • Detail practical concerns with assessing impact of student engagement 
  • Explore how assessment questions lead to data analysis 
  • Examine effective reporting of assessment results  
  • Identify methods of using assessment results to improve program effectiveness 

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Dallin George Young

Assistant Professor in the College Student Affairs Administration and Student Affairs Leadership graduate programs, University of Georgia

Dallin George Young, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the College Student Affairs Administration and Student Affairs Leadership graduate programs at the University of Georgia.  Dallin has presented and published widely on college student transitions, peer leadership, graduate professional preparation in student affairs, and assessment of student learningBefore coming to UGA, Dallin was the Assistant Director for Research and Grants at The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and has held professional roles in housing and residence life as well as student affairs assessment at a variety of institutional types.  

Registration Deadline: June 26, 2024
Course Capacity: 30 registrants 
Fee: $425


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