Academic Services

When a student-athlete needs additional help outside of the classroom, SSA will help the individual obtain a tutor at no cost to the student. Student-athletes requesting a tutor will receive suggestions about how best to use the time spent with the tutor. The SSA program primarily utilizes the tutors through the University's TutorFind service and occasionally utilizes their own pool of tutors.

Study Hall
SSA conducts a supervised study hall, in which student-athletes complete classroom assignments, prepare for exams, and meet with tutors as necessary. Student-athletes can also use this time to consult with SSA staff about concerns related to academic progress. 

Academic Planning/Advising
SSA provides student-athletes with information about appropriate college advisement centers. Student-athletes are strongly encouraged to meet with SSA staff to discuss their academic plans prior to meeting with their advisors. To ensure that student-athletes have course schedules that provide them with the best opportunities for success as student and athletes, the SSA staff also confers with academic advisors. In addition, due to eligibility requirements, student-athletes are instructed not to change their schedules without permission from the SSA staff once the academic semester has begun.

Academic Monitoring
SSA regularly monitors the academic progress of all student-athletes. Several methods for assessing academic progress are used, including progress reports completed by faculty and self-reporting done by student-athletes in regular academic meetings with SSA staff. Progress reports are shared with student-athletes and coaches. In the event that a problem is discovered, SSA works with the individual student-athlete to develop strategies to alleviate the problem. As situations may warrant, SSA staff consult with faculty and staff from various academic and administrative units to enhance the student-athlete's academic experience.

Academic Assistance
Students may receive a number of specialized assessment, support, and remedial services in areas of academic achievement, study skills, and test-taking skills. This aid will come through individual meetings with SSA staff or through referrals to other academic assistance units.

Freshman Seminar
In conjunction with the Department of Behavioral Health & Nutrition, SSA staff members teach sections of a two-credit freshman seminar (BHAN 135) during the fall semester. This course aids students in their transition to college life. Topics focus on academic, career, and personal development. Some specific topics include training for academic success, career development, nutrition, drug & alcohol education, and adjusting to campus life. Freshman student-athletes are strongly advised to register for this course.