Athletic Academic Advising Staff
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
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 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.
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 students develop good study skills and habits
• Foster and understanding of the principles of learning and motivation
• Facilitate the application of these principles to the student-athlete's course work
• Provide relevant guidance, support and instruction in reading and writing for students with deficits in those areas
• Facilitate study halls
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 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.
Day Study Hall is open to student-athletes Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Will Garland Academic Enhancement Center. Night Study Hall is available for student-athletes Monday through Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. Night Study Hall is held in various locations on campus and a copy of the room schedules is available in the Will Garland Academic Enhancement Center. Students-athletes are checked for attendance and are monitored for academic productivity during all study hall times.. Student-athletes are checked for attendance and are monitored for academic productivity during all study hall times.