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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PERSONAL AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Like other students, student-athletes have a variety of personal, social, and academic concerns. The staff of SSA is available to discuss these concerns with student-athletes, which will occasionally require more than consultation. If – after consulting with a student-athlete – a staff member determines this to be the case, the student-athlete may be referred to the Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD). The CCSD provides individual and group counseling for educational, career, and personal concerns. The student’s first contact will typically be an intake interview during which the counselor and student jointly make decisions about the type of help needed. The CCSD also houses a career library containing information about majors, career options, and graduate schools.
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.
Throughout the academic year, a number of workshops or guest speakers are presented focusing on the personal, academic, and career development of the student-athlete are offered. Topics typically addressed include time management, drug/alcohol education, healthy relationships, resume building, and other relevant issues. Workshops and/or speakers are offered throughout the year, typically in the evening to accommodate the schedules of the student-athletes.
HENS Peer Mentoring Program
The H.E.N.S. (Helping Each Newcomer Succeed) Peer Mentoring Program is designed to aid first-year student-athletes with their transition into the University of Delaware. Selected upperclassmen serve as mentors to first-year student-athletes in both individual and group settings. First-year student-athletes benefit from the experience of the upperclassmen in handling many of the common challenges new student-athletes face. The mentors benefit from an important leadership opportunity outside the athletic realm.