Academic Advisors


  • What is the Next Generation Service Corps?

    What is the Next Generation Service Corps?

    The NGSC is a scholarship program offered through the Public Service Academy within Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Through a competitive admissions process, the program accepts approximately 100 first-time freshman and 20 third year transfer students, both in-state and out-of-state, each year. All students are eligible for 8 or 4 consecutive semesters of gap funding to cover base tuition, and benefit from engaging in various leadership development training and opportunities. As an interdisciplinary program, students in the NGSC represent nearly every major offered at ASU and complete program requirements in addition to their chosen major(s), minor(s), and/or certificate(s).

    The goal of the NGSC is to develop character-driven, cross-sector leaders armed with the courage to cross sectors, connect networks, and ignite action for the greater good. Students in the program will engage in rigorous coursework, regular personal and professional development, leadership training, hands-on knowledge application, and various internships. Through these combined activities, students attain the knowledge and skills to lead within their chosen fields and drive change in their communities.

    Program Requirements & Policies

    Students accepted into the NGSC and awarded the Public Service Academy scholarship agree to a range of requirements designed to foster their development as character-driven, cross-sector leaders and provide them with opportunities to expand their personal and professional networks. Program requirements include earning an academic certificate, completing various internships, attending mandatory events, and engaging in service focused activities. Detailed information about each requirement can be found in the corresponding sections of the PSA website.

    Students must complete all requirements each semester or risk a reduction in their scholarship or removal from the program. We enforceprobation parameters specific to our program, and the scholarship maintenance parameters align loosely with those of NAmU. To remain in good standing with the program and remain eligible for their full scholarship award, students must complete all participation requirements, as well as maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and complete 30 credit hours per academic year.

  •  Cross-Sector Leadership Certificate


    Cross-Sector Leadership Certificate

    All first-time freshmen are required to earn a certificate in Cross-Sector Leadership> as a part of their membership in the NGSC. For transfer students who are entering the program as juniors, earning the certificate is optional and only select classes are required. The following five classes are required to earn the certificate. Classes that are required for transfer students are indicated with an asterisk.

    Required Courses -- 12 credit hours

    PAF 215: NGSC Community Impact Lab (3)*

    PAF 311: Leadership and Change (SB) (3)

    PAF 315: Cross-Sector Collaboration (3)*

    PAF 415: Social Entrepreneurship (3)

    Elective (choose one) -- 3 credit hours

    PAF 421: Leadership Capstone (3)*

    PAF 394: NGSC Leadership Instruction (3)

    (This course is only available to select students each semester and requires an application. Details can be found on the NGSC website and open applications are announced each semester in The Pulse.)

    The NGSC Course Map lists each required class and indicates the suggested order and time frame for taking each class. 


    NGSC Course Map

    Required Course

    Suggested Course Sequence (Four  year track)*

    Suggested Course Sequence (Two year transfer track)*

    NGSC Preparatory Workshop

    One per month – must be completed during first year in program

    Year 1: Fall & Spring

    Year 1: Fall

    Accelerated track for transfer students

    PAF 215: Community Impact Lab 

    Year 2: Fall

    Year 1: Spring

    PAF 311: Leadership and Change 

    Year 2: Spring 

    Optional to earn certificate

    PAF 315: Cross-Sector


    Year 3: Fall

    Year 2: Fall 

    PAF 415: Social Entrepreneurship

    Year 3: Spring

    Optional to earn certificate

    PAF 421: Leadership Capstone (3 credits) MUST be last class, Senior year only**

    Year 4: Fall or Spring

    Year 2: Spring

    * Failure to complete coursework by stated semester deadlines could result in a warning, probation, or removal from the program.

    **Overrides required for all students. Exceptions made for students in certain majors with approval from the Senior Manager of Academic Programming and Student Success. Email


  • Resources for Academic Advisors


    NGSC Advising Packet

    In addition to their chosen majors, students in the Next Generation Service Corps (NGSC) earn a certificate in Cross-Sector Leadership. With student members from nearly every major across ASU, we rely heavily on the expertise of all ASU advisors to ensure the academic success of our students. Here you will find information that will help guide you as you provide academic advising to students in the program. This digital packet contains the most up to date information about the academic requirements of students in the NGSC, as well as additional resources that may be of use to academic advisors as they work with NGSC students.

    NGSC Advising Packet

    Advisors Breakfast

    Every fall, the NGSC hosts an Advisors Breakfast to review general program information, share updates, and answer questions. The Advisors Breakfast is held in-person at the Tempe and Downtown campuses. A virtual session is also offered for anyone who can’t attend in-person. Event information and registration is sent out at the beginning of each fall semester.

    To receive more information about the Advisors Breakfast, and similar events, please provide your contact information below.

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  • Additional Advising Information

    Tips for Helping Students Plan Their Class Schedules

    Since students are taking NGSC classes in addition to the courses required for their majors, there are key considerations to keep in mind when planning class schedules:

    • There is flexibility in the order and semester when the classes are taken, as well as reciprocal classes that can be taken in place of some classes.

    • After sophomore year, first-time freshmen students may double up on classes if needed.

    • Transfer students may double up on courses at any point.

    • 4-year students have 6 semesters to complete the 5 required classes, so they will have at least one semester where they do not have to be enrolled in an NGSC class.

    • Transfer students have 3 semesters to complete the 3 classes required of them, so they should be enrolled in an NGSC class each semester.

    • Students who are not enrolled in an NGSC class for more than 2 consecutive semesters are subject to a scholarship reduction or removal from the program. 

    • Special accommodations can be made on a case-by-case basis for students in majors that do not allow for additional classes to be taken during a student’s senior year (e.g. education, nursing). To discuss those cases, please reach out to the Sr. Manager of Academic Programming & Student Success

    • To ensure only NGSC students are enrolling in these courses, each has multiple restrictions and may require department consent. Students can request department consent and related overrides by emailing


    Reciprocal Credits

    In an effort to ensure students are able to complete the certificate and take classes that will be most beneficial to them, we allow reciprocal credit to be given for certain classes. Reciprocal credit will be given for classes that cover the same topics as required NGSC classes and provide students with similar project-based learning opportunities. 

    Students who take an alternative class for reciprocal credit must notify the Sr. Manager of Academic Programming & Student Success so that an exception can be made to their DARS prior to applying for graduation. A list of pre-approved reciprocal courses can be found on the next page. Other courses can be considered for reciprocal credit by emailing the course information and syllabus to the Sr. Manager of Academic Programming & Student Success. Credit will be conditional to the alignment of syllabi and learning outcomes of the courses. NGSC cannot provide overrides into any of the alternative classes. Students are responsible for requesting overrides from the appropriate advisors and/or faculty.


    NGSC Pre-Approved Reciprocal Courses

    These classes are regularly offered each semester and may be taken as reciprocal credit for the required NGSC classes as indicated. This list is not exhaustive, as classes may change from semester to semester. Check the ASU Class Search to verify class availability.

    Course Requirement

    Alternative Course Choices for Reciprocal of Credit*

    PAF 215: Community Impact Lab (3 credits)

    FSE 104: EPICS Gold I AND FSE 404: EPICS Gold: EPICS in Action (must take 3 credits worth of classes)

    HON/TEL 394: Changemaking in Education (must be this topic)

    TEM 450/ HON: Design for the Developing World

    EDS 223: Design Thinking

    DSC 394: Topic: An Introduction to Design Thinking

    Humanities Lab (HUL) – these courses change each semester

    PAF 315: Cross-Sector Collaboration (3 credits)


    PAF 311: Leadership and Change (3 credits)

    WPC 394: Topic: Leadership through Action

    BIS 355: Peace Corps Seminar

    OGL 300: Theory Practice of Leadership

    OGL 355: Leading Organizational Innovation

    OGL 360: Assessment of Leadership

    PAF 410: Building Leadership Skills

    TEL 410: Leadership and Advocacy in Education

    PAF 415: Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

    NLM 410: Social Entrepreneurship

    TEM 294: Topic: Social Entrepreneurship I

    TEM 394: Topic: Social Entrepreneurship II

    TEM 455: Global Impact Entrepreneurship

    MGT 340: Creativity and Innovation

    ENT 360/FSE 301: Entrepreneurship & Value Creation

    CPP/PAF 494: Coding for Social Good

    PAF 421: Leadership Capstone (3 credits) 

    PAF 394: NGSC Leadership Instruction (Peer Instructor Role – Application Required)

    HCR 310: Fundamentals of Human Trafficking 

    *If you have a course that you would like to have considered for reciprocal credit, you need to email the course information and syllabus to the Sr. Manager of Academic Programming & Student Success. Credit will be conditional to the alignment of syllabi and learning outcomes of the courses.


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