2013-14 Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics Student-Athlete Handbook (as of Aug. 1, 2013)

The goal of the Coastal Carolina University Department of Athletics and Student-Athlete Academic Support Services is to provide a comprehensive program that emphasizes academic success and personal development. Our Athletic Academic Support Services Staff is dedicated to a holistic approach to supporting student-athletes in reaching academic, personal, and career goals through providing educational opportunities and services to promote academic success, personal growth, and career development.

In the Department of Athletics at Coastal Carolina University, academic support services include academic counseling, advising and mentoring. Academic advisors coordinate student-athlete study hall and academic tutoring in specific subject areas as well as provide a mentoring program for at-risk students. Serving as the liaison between athletic coaches and faculty members, the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services staff monitors academic progress through interim reports and close communication with faculty members regarding missed class time related to team travel and competition. Additionally, athletic academic advisors help to promote understanding of Progress Toward Degree and NCAA Academic Eligibility Requirements through individual and team meetings. Programming throughout the year to discuss study skills, time management and goal setting also assists in helping student-athletes achieve in the classroom, while maintaining excellence in their respective sports. Academic Support Services staff also counsel the institution's national student-athlete honorary, Chi Alpha Sigma, Delta Chapter, recognizing juniors and seniors who have earned a 3.2 GPA or higher.

The Coastal Carolina University Department of Athletics and Student-Athlete Academic Support Services staff are dedicated to providing programming and opportunities for academic success and personal development.

Student-athletes have more demands, stricter requirements and more complex schedules than non-athletes. To help meet those demands, each student-athlete has access to an academic advisor. Academic advisors perform a variety of functions which include:
• Provide academic, personal and career advising
• Assist with class scheduling and major selection
• Work with faculty advisors to track academic and degree progress of each student-athlete
• Arrange for tutors and mentors
• Monitor study hall attendance and productivity
• Monitor NCAA continuing eligibility regulations
• Provide tutors

Academic Tutors
The primary goal of the tutorial program is to provide student-athletes with academic assistance beyond what they receive in the classroom. Tutor appointments may be scheduled through the academic advising staff. Tutors are also available during night time Study Hall in certain subjects and may be utilized on a walk-in basis. All student-athletes have access to tutors on any subject matter.

Academic Mentors
The purpose of an academic mentor is to provide individualized and/or small group academic support and assistance for student-athletes, assisting them in their transition to the University, developing their study skills and habits, fostering an understanding of learning and motivation, and helping them to develop academic literacy skills. These duties include:
• Work with student-athletes on a regular basis to provide guidance in their coursework
• Help student-athletes develop good study skills and habits
• Foster an understanding of the principles of learning and motivation
• Facilitate the application of these principles to the student-athletes course work
• Provide relevant guidance, support and instruction in reading and writing for student-athletes with deficits in those areas
• Facilitate study halls

Learning Specialist
The learning specialist seeks to enhance the academic success of at-risk student-athletes by providing intensive, essential learning strategies through proactive, early, sustained, individualized support. Also, the learning specialist provides academic needs assessment for student-athletes with learning disabilities or learning deficiencies, as well as provides referrals for further testing by a licensed psychologist, if applicable. The learning specialist serves as a liaison to the university's Office of Accessibility and Disability Services for student-athletes who enter the university with documentation of a learning disability. The learning specialist also coordinates and provides training for the mentor and tutor programs.

Student-Athlete Support Services Information
Academic Support Services is located in the Will Garland Academic Enhancement Center. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of the staff members listed below.

Samantha Kost Walter Goffigan Karen Howard-Goss Brendan Danker
Associate Athletics Director/Student-Athlete Support Services Associate Director of Student-Athlete Support Services Learning Specialist Academic Advisor
Telephone: 843-349-4178 Telephone: 843-349-2541 Telephone: 843-349-2947 Telephone: 843-349-4008
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