Academic Consultation consists of student-athletes meeting on a regular and ongoing basis with their Academic Counselor. The purpose of these meetings is to communicate progress in course work and athletic eligibility. In addition, students receive help with decision making skills, time management, course and major selection, and career choices.
Structured Study Table
To ensure an environment conducive to studying, particularly for those student-athletes transitioning to the University of Mississippi, study table is a requirement for all first-time Ole Miss student-athletes. For those continuing student-athletes who have academic difficulties (based on cum GPA), study table provides a structured setting in which to work to improve academic standing.
In this day and age, many of the courses taken at the University of Mississippi require the use of computer technology. In addition, many of the University services such as registration and financial aid award letters can be found online.The computer lab is an invaluable service to all student-athletes to do research, access email, check blackboard grades or simply to type papers.
With the amount of class work being done on-line coupled with the amount of travel time student-athletes experience each semester, the need to have laptops to take on the road is essential. Currently, the OSAAS has numerous laptops available for checkout; all of which are fully internet accessible.
Study after study will show that class attendance is vital to academic success. Our intern checks class on a daily basis and provides daily reports to the coaches and counselors noting absences and tardies. Often instructors will provide additional information to our intern regarding deportment in the class and/or grade information.
Our tutorial program is designed with the philosophy that tutoring should be used as a way to achieve success, not a way to prevent failure. Developmental in nature, the tutorial program is available to all student-athletes. The vast majority of session are one-on-one; however, group tutoring as well as group review sessions are common when a large number of student-athletes are enrolled in a particular course or when the group tutoring format is most beneficial, Visit the Tutoring page if interested in becoming a tutor.
Strategic Study Program
A growing number of student-athletes need individual academic assistance and attention. Learning Specialists head up the strategic study program which has as its goal to identify and assist those student-athletes who are at risk. These students may or may not be learning disabled, as the common denominator is some type of academic/learning deficiency that needs to be addressed.
Two times each semester at approximately the sixth and 12th week marks, progress reports are sent to instructors on all student-athletes (both scholarship and non-scholarship) in order to obtain information regarding the current grades and academic status of student-athletes. Counselors use this information to formulate strategies to assist student-athletes in their academic endeavors as well as to project continuing eligibility.
When student-athletes travel to competitions, the OSAAS provides an individualized letter for each course to be presented to the instructor prior to the travel date. The letter refers to the University policy on attendance and requests that the instructor work with the student-athlete to create a mutual agreement on how to make-up missed assignments or exams.
On a regular basis, counselors will meet with recruits and often parents of recruits to explain our services as well as to provide an accurate picture of the academic life of a student-athlete at the University of Mississippi. Some recruit visits may be individuals while some are groups; some may be official visits and some may be unofficial visits.
Working with the various campus offices is a daily part of the work of the academic counselors. If necessary, the OSAAS will refer student-athletes, and sometimes coaches, to various support services on campus ranging from bursars to registrars to financial aid, housing, counseling center, disability support services, career center, etc.
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee assists communication between student-athletes and athletic administration and helps members further develop leadership skills, while promoting the opportunity for the exchange of ideas among student-athletes of different sports. The SAAC's mission is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by developing student-athlete leadership skills, promoting student-athlete welfare, and fostering a positive student athlete image on the Mississippi campus, local area and nationally.
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