Student Athlete Advising & Support
The office of Student-Athlete Academic Services (SAAS), goal is to provide academic support services for student-athletes, which assists in balancing academic priorities, athletic success, personal commitments and the pursuit of faith, knowledge and justice. We are devoted to student-athlete development, timely graduation, and preparation for life after intercollegiate sports. Our office has the objective of leading a holistic and student-centered academic program that facilitates the development of self-sufficient student-athletes and enables them to excel in academics, while fostering a successful transition into and through their college experience. The office of SAAS coordinates efforts with campus partners to provide maximum support for the achievement of academic success by student-athletes.
The office of SAAS offers extensive academic support, an individualized “high-touch” education experience and student outreach that extends beyond their first year experience.
Academic Advising – We provide specialized academic advising both one-on-one and through participation in an Athlete-specific UNIV 101 fall course taught by an athletic academic advisor. For those student-athletes who are undecided, an Athletic Academic Advisors can guide students toward several degrees applicable to their goals.
Weekly Academic Meetings - All freshman, new transfer student-athletes and those who are academically at risk are scheduled for weekly academic meetings with their respective Athletic Academic Advisor. The purpose of these meetings are to discuss classes, grades, pending assignments, tutoring, travel and other pertinent information to the academic success of our student-athletes. This time is also used for syllabi collection and review, creating an assignment calendar for the semester and developing a learning contract with the student-athlete that focuses on personal and academic SMART goals for the semester. If additional support is needed an Academic Coach is assigned.
Academic Coaches (AC) – Our graduate students who work primarily with student-athletes identified as having academically related needs. Assigned student-athletes are required to meet with their AC for 30 minutes to an hour for weekly academic coaching sessions. AC’s are available to assist student-athletes with writing, reading, time management skills, organizational skills, note-taking skills, stress management and test preparation. The overall goal is to implement a routine to assist in developing student accountability and ultimately guide the student-athlete into becoming a self-regulated learner. AC’s meet and discuss the progress of their assigned student-athletes and tutoring suggestions with the Athletic Academic Advisor.
Tutoring Services - All student-athletes have access to free tutorial services provided by qualified undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of subject areas through our campus partner the Center for Tutoring & Academic Excellence (CTEA). In addition, tutors facilitate review sessions and small group sessions focused on exam prep as well as providing additional help with composing study guides. Our office works closely with CTEA in submitting and managing tutor requests. One-on-one tutoring is available on a case by case bases and can be arranged with the assistance of an Athletic Academic Advisor. Especially in the area of English, where Johnathan’s scores were lower, he will be assigned to weekly tutoring for reading and writing. Additional academic support is provided by our campus partner the writing center which provides ESL/ELL assistance for writers.
Study Hall - Study Hall is mandatory. Hours are monitored by our study hall monitors and are sport specific. Study hall empowers students to take ownership of their academic responsibilities and to provide the impetus needed to “build-in” study time into their schedule. This helps to establish a studying routine for student-athletes as well as signify the importance of having delineated time for academics outside the classroom. Student-
Athlete Development – All student-athletes are required to attend and participate in social, wellness, life skills and diversity programming throughout the academic year. Whether through using the mobile app GAMEPLAN or through workshops headed by our campus partners. Our office focuses on holistically preparing student-athletes for a professional career beyond athletics and to acquire transferable skills that can be applied to academic, athletic and their professional lives.