Make The Grade

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott credits the FedEx Student-Athlete Support Center for providing him with the tools to succeed in the classroom. Photo by Joshua McCoy.

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott credits the FedEx Student-Athlete Support Center for providing him with the tools to succeed in the classroom. Photo by Joshua McCoy.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 27, 2013

OXFORD, Miss. - The stars of the Rebel athletics programs are University of Mississippi students first and foremost. And for many of these student-athletes, intercollegiate athletics is their golden opportunity to obtain a college education.

Thanks to the dedication of staff at the FedEx Student-Athlete Academic Support Center, student-athletes can be just as successful in the classroom as they are in competition.

About 45 percent of the university's 376 student-athletes earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better every semester. At least 26 achieve a perfect 4.0.

"The FedEx Student-Athlete Success Center is a great place for student-athletes to strive in the classroom and on the field," said Abbey Stanec, a senior on the Ole Miss rifle team who has a 3.74 GPA as a biology major with a minor in chemistry. "I personally have benefited from the quiet study areas, tutoring services and academic counseling offered at FedEx, as well as the friendly staff that is always willing to assist you through life's challenges."

Ole Miss has more than 60 athletes graduating each year, and UM student-athletes have achieved better than a 75 percent graduation rate over the past three years. The Rebel football program is tied with Alabama among all SEC schools for highest number of graduates playing on the field this season.

The academic success of student-athletes is a major priority, said Derek Cowherd, UM senior associate athletics director for academic support, who credits campuswide devotion to helping them succeed.

"There is a direct correlation between some of the successes we've seen over the past year and how much of an emphasis we put on doing the little things in the classroom," Cowherd said. "Everyone is working together to give our students the best collegiate experience imaginable - from the chancellor to the provost to the deans, to the professors, down to the coaches, staff, groundskeepers, etc. We are all responsible for the success of our entire student population."

For help with the challenges of balancing athletic commitments with academic coursework, student-athletes can turn to the success center, which provides resources to help student-athletes remain competitive in the classroom.

"When it comes to academic support for student athletes, Ole Miss takes a back seat to no one," said Ronald Rychlak, professor of law, the Faculty Athletics Representative and chairman of the Athletics Committee. "Our FedEx Student-Athlete Academic Center is equipped with the latest technology, supported by a dedicated staff and filled with promise.

"The demands that we put on these young men and women are significant. The academic support staff provides tutoring, study hall supervision, class attendance monitoring and some of the most important guidance that these students will ever have."

Morris Stocks, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, also is "extremely proud of the academic commitment of Ole Miss student-athletes."

"These young men and women lead extraordinarily busy lives," he said. "In addition to their traditional academic course load, their lives are filled with training, practice, meetings and travel. They demonstrate exceptional discipline.

"Mr. Derek Cowherd directs a wonderful and experienced staff at the FedEx Student-Athlete Success Center. This group, along with our faculty, provides guidance and support. Our student-athletes are blessed to be a part of this wonderful academic enterprise, and we are blessed by their presence at our university."

When he's not scrambling for first downs, running back Jeff Scott, a senior majoring in general studies and minors in education, legal studies and psychology, takes full advantage of the center's services, including study hall and tutoring.

The academic support has kept Scott just as excited about his future as he is about the football season.

"These four years at Ole Miss have been great ones, not only because I was blessed with the opportunity to play football but also because I was blessed with the opportunity to work with even more amazing people who were determined to help me strive to my greatest potential academically," Scott said.

"They pushed me and, thanks a lot to them, I made it to my senior year and will very soon have a degree from the University of Mississippi. Hotty Toddy!"

Story from University Communications

07/10/2014 - Academic Support

Rebels Make the Grade

Another successful Ole Miss athletics season came to a close last month, but the accolades continue to come in for the Rebels. Seventy-nine Ole Miss student-athletes were named to the 2014 Spring ... Read More [+]

06/10/2014 - Academic Support

Ole Miss Has Successful Spring In Classroom

While the Ole Miss baseball team prepares for the College World Series in Omaha and members of the track and field team get ready to compete in the NCAA Championships this weekend in Oregon, it was... Read More [+]

06/05/2014 - Academic Support

Backstrom Named Academic All-America

Ole Miss men's tennis senior Johan Backstrom has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Third Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) ... Read More [+]

05/29/2014 - Academic Support

John Hall Honored As SEC Professor Of The ...

Things have not turned out quite as planned for Dr. John E. Hall, the Arthur C. Guyton Professor and Chair of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Mississippi. But, for the 2014... Read More [+]

05/15/2014 - Academic Support

Rebels Named Academic All-District

A trio of Ole Miss student-athletes were honored Thursday with selection to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Team for their outstanding performance in the classroom and on the ... Read More [+]

05/14/2014 - Academic Support

Ole Miss Posts Strong APR Scores For 2012-13

While excelling on the fields and courts, Ole Miss student-athletes have achieved academic success as well, with all 18 teams scoring well above the national cutoff standard in the latest Academic ... Read More [+]

05/13/2014 - Academic Support

Rebels Take Part In Special Graduation...

Caroline Rohde-Moe of the nationally ranked Ole Miss women's tennis team and graduate athletic trainers Ben Angle and Karah Sims were presented their degrees in a special graduation ceremony Monday... Read More [+]

05/10/2014 - Academic Support

Special Day For Many Rebels

Saturday was a special day in the lives of many Ole Miss student-athletes, as they participated in graduation ceremonies. While wowing Rebel fans on the fields and courts, many of the graduates... Read More [+]

05/07/2014 - Academic Support

Three Sports Earn Prestigious APR Award

Three Ole Miss teams have been recognized among the elite academic programs in the country in their sport with the NCAA's announcement of the public recognition awards on Wednesday. The Ole Miss... Read More [+]

04/30/2014 - Academic Support

John Hall Named 2014 SEC Professor of the ...

The Southeastern Conference announced Wednesday its 2014 SEC Professor of the Year, Dr. John E. Hall, the Arthur C. Guyton Professor and Chair of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of... Read More [+]

Facebook
Twitter
Blog
  • What They're Saying: Ole Miss-Boise State

    Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

    The No. 18 Ole Miss football team won the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game defeating Boise State 35-13. The Rebels move into Southeastern Conference next week with a road test at Vanderbilt from Nashville's LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. The... read more

  • 'The New Normal' on Defense

    Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

    ATLANTA -- Boise State had been the highest scoring team in the nation, averaging 40.2 points per game dating back to the 2000 season.  Highlighted by four interceptions, eight tackles for loss and big hits by several different players, the... read more

  • Second-Half Surge for Rebel Offense

    Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

    ATLANTA -- After an up-and-down first half, which included a touchdown and three interceptions, senior quarterback Bo Wallace and the Ole Miss offense found their stride in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter. Leading 7-6 early in the... read more

  • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Boise State Motivational

    Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Football

    Ole Miss vs Boise State Official Team Motivational '14 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

  • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Boise State

    Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Football

    Three areas to watch as Ole Miss opens its 2014 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Boise State from Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Contrast in Experience Boise State has one of the youngest teams in the country with 67 freshmen... read more

  • Volleyball Opens Steven McRoberts Era

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Volleyball

    Here are three pieces to keep in mind as we look ahead to the Ole Miss volleyball team's season-opening weekend in Buffalo, New York, starting with Canisius on Friday morning, the first of four matches over three days at the... read more

  • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 1

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Football

    The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 1 (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

  • Dome, Sweet Dome for Atlanta Area Rebels

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Football

    For high school football players in Georgia, all roads lead to the Georgia Dome and the state championships.  For a handful of Rebels, those roads lead home, as Ole Miss opens the 2014 season against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A... read more

  • VIDEO: Forward Together Construction Update

    Monday, August 25, 2014 - Athletics

    read more

  • Relentless is the Word on Defense

    Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Football

    ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy asked each of the 65 coaches from the Power Five conferences to describe their team in one word.  Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's word? Relentless. The same can be said of the Ole Miss defense.  And... read more

  • McCormick, Defense Shine in Win

    Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Soccer

    After playing 110 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Georgia on Friday night, Ole Miss responded with a gutsy 1-0 win over Iowa State on Sunday afternoon. The defense, led by senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick was the story of the... read more

  • Rebels Battle to Draw on Historic Night

    Friday, August 22, 2014 -

    Big time crowd for @SECNetwork live sports event debut. Record attendance of 1,823 for @OleMissSoccer Let's finish strong.-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August 23, 2014 Ole Miss kicked off the 2014 season in thrilling fashion, rallying to a 1-1 draw with... read more

  • Kiffin Pleased with Defensive Line Progress

    Friday, August 22, 2014 - Football

    Like defensive coordinator Dave Wommack, defensive line coach Chris Kiffin has been pleased with his players throughout fall camp, particularly the depth bolstered by the return of junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and the addition of sophomore Fadol Brown and... read more

  • The Season: Ole Miss Volleyball Day One

    Friday, August 22, 2014 - Volleyball

    THE SEASON: Volleyball - Day One from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

  • Rebels Kick-Off Season on National Stage

    Friday, August 22, 2014 - Soccer

    Three things from Ole Miss soccer head coach Matt Mott, previewing the season opener against Georgia on Friday night. Rebels Look to Take Next Step Ole Miss made history this past season, not only setting a school record for wins,... read more