Spartan Academic Support Services
It is the intent of Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) at UNCG is to see that our student-athletes graduate with degrees in their chosen fields. The demands of integrating athletic competition, academic success and personal growth are challenging. The Spartan Academic Support Services (SASS) bridges the gap between education, athletics and other university programs. The primary goal of the SASS is to help student-athletes make satisfactory progress toward graduation while providing the education and services (see below) they need to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle amid the demands of an NCAA Division I institution.
SASS focuses on the whole individual – academic, athletic and emotional – in the years during and after college. We firmly believe that there is a direct relationship between quality of effort (both academic and athletic) and performance. We consider the results achieved in the classroom to be a direct reflection on our athletic program.
Through SASS, student-athletes explore university programs, options and opportunities relating to their major choice, academic and career development and personal growth. They are expected to represent themselves, their teams, ICA and UNCG in a manner that consistently promotes honesty, fairness, trust, respect and responsibility.
SASS staff includes an Assistant AD, Director, Learning Specialist, SA Development Coordinator, one Intern, two Graduate Student Workers, tutors and study hall monitors. The Assistant AD, Director, Learning Specialist and SA Development Coordinator all work as Academic Coaches. We strive to use tangible goal-oriented methods to help our student-athletes succeed in the classroom.
- Facilitate positive freshman experience through participation in SOAR & ICA Freshmen Orientation
- Provide academic support helping student-athletes utilize campus support systems
- Monitor academic progress of student-athletes through 4 & 12-week reports
- Provide a monitored structured study area where student-athletes can work on academic responsibilities
- Facilitate student-athletes' exploration of academic interests, majors and career options to allow them to graduate with meaningful degrees
- Work with student-athletes to help them understand degree audits, degree evaluations and the impact those have on working toward graduation
- Promote Career Development and Community Engagement through the Spartan Shield program
Student-Athletes are responsible for:
- As incoming freshmen, registering for SOAR
- Being familiar with different programs, majors and options available
- Choosing a major that blends their own interests and strengths
- Exploring academic options with academic advisor in their majors
- Monitoring their own academic progress with instructors and advisors
- Participating in structured study during the fall semester
- Engaging in community service and personal/career development opportunities
SASS works to support the academic progress of student-athletes toward intellectual development and graduation. Through campus resources, SASS works to help student-athletes become independent learners and upstanding members of their community. SASS works with the following offices on campus which help provide the entire student population with guidance and support: Students First Office, Student Success Center, Student Health, Counseling Center, UNCG Psychology Clinic, Speaking Center, Writing Center, Career Services, Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, Dean of Students Office and New Student Programs. These offices provide information in the following areas:
- Structured study
- Academic agendas
- Goal setting
- Time management
- Study skills
- Study groups
- Progress reports (for all student-athletes in all courses twice per semester)
- FYE 101: Succeed at the G (Required for Exploratory Majors and other groups of freshmen/transfers)
Freshmen and sophomores without declared majors will be advised through the Students First Office. All other student-athletes should follow the normal procedures for university academic advising concerning schedules, possible class choices, degree requirements, etc. SASS staff will monitor academic progress, advise and counsel student-athletes and serve as a liaison between ICA and the academic community. Progress letters through Starfish are sent to faculty requesting input such as grades, attendance, etc. Student-athletes may request tutors in any academic area they are having difficulty. Coaches are kept up to date by SASS with any issues that arise related to academics. To protect integrity, Coaches are not advised to make direct contact with professors. All contact with the academic community must go through the Faculty Athletics Representative or SASS Staff.
Daily class attendance is expected of all student-athletes. Student-athletes are never excused from a test, paper or homework due on the date of travel or participation. It is their responsibility to meet with their instructors prior to an absence and make plans to complete the assignments. At the beginning of all sports seasons, the competitive schedule (including all departure/return times) is communicated to professors by each individual student-athlete by a letter signed by the Faculty Athletics Representative and the chairman of FCIA.