Academic mentoring is a comprehensive effort by the sport coach, athletic administrators, faculty, and the Academic Support Center. The Athletic Department is committed to assisting the student-athlete obtain the resources needed to achieve optimal academic success. In the freshman year the student-athlete will be assigned study hall, an Academic Life Skills assistant, and a peer advisor. The sport coach will work closely with the student-athlete and the Academic Support Center to monitor the student athlete’s academic progress.
All freshman student-athletes are required to attend two one-hour sessions of study hall per week. One of the sessions will include topical presentations to enhance academic success including efficient study skills and time management. The second session will include structured review with one of the CHAMPS/Life Skills Academic assistants. Students will be mentored by the Life Skills Academic assistants and will receive guidance and assistance as they transition through the first year of academic study. Sophomore, junior, and senior student-athletes may be required to attend study hall depending on their academic performance in the previous semesters. All student-athletes on academic probation will be required to attend study hall as well as participate in the University’s Academic Progress Monitoring Program.
Faculty Fellow Program
As a component of the CHAMPS/Life Skills program, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee collaborates with the University’s faculty to coordinate the Faculty Fellow Program. Student-athletes “recruit” interested faculty to serve a two-year term as a team faculty fellow. Fellows work directly with the teams to offer assistance, support, and generally serve to foster positive relationships between student-athletes and the faculty.