Academic Enhancement for Student Athletes at
All student-athletes, at one time or another, need help with academic questions: What should I major in? How can I improve my study skills? Is a tutor available to help me in a class? What are my graduation requirements? How can I increase my grade point average? There are a number of useful services for student-athletes to succeed in the classroom at Greensboro College.
CHAMPS/Life Skills Program
Started in 2007, Greensboro College's CHAMPS/Life Skills Program is supported through the promotional, and financial efforts of the NCAA Leadership Advisory Board, and the NCAA national office. Just one-third of NCAA Division III institutions offer this unique program.
The mission of the NCAA is to maintain intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the campus educational program, and the student-athlete as an integral part of the student body. With this in mind, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program was created to support the student-athlete development initiatives of NCAA member institutions, and to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience within the context of higher education. For more on this program, see the NCAA Champs Life Skills web site.
The PER (Pride Enhancement Room)
In the 2007-08 academic year the former site of the GC bookstore was converted to an educational room for Pride Student-Athletes. Situated on the bottom floor of the Campbell Athletic Center, the PER is a great place for student-athletes to study, both individually, and as a team. In addition to ample sitting and working space, there are 10 Internet wired computers available for student-use.
SAM (Student Athlete Mentor) Program
The Student-Athlete Mentor Program is comprised of volunteer representatives from all of Greensboro College athletic teams. The purpose of this program is for veteran Pride student-athletes to mentor newcomers with their adjustment at GC. Each freshman/newcomer is paired with a teammate who helps him/her with time management, health promotion, social responsibility, and general life skills awareness among student-athletes.
The services listed below are centralized in the PEAK (Personal Enrichment and Knowledge), which is located on the third floor of Main Building. Students are encouraged to use these resources by visiting the PEAK to improve their academic habits, and to learn how to maximize their potential.
All students are assigned to an advisor upon enrollment. Traditional first year students are assigned to first year advisors, a group of faculty and staff who are specially trained to help ease the transition between high school and college. Students are assigned to a faculty advisor in their major disciplines usually in their second semester. If a student changes majors, he/she is reassigned to an advisor in the new major discipline.
The Academic Success
The Academic Success Program is designed to maximize students’ academic potential. First year students may be recommended for this program, which involves meeting regularly with the program director, close monitoring of progress in each course, attending study skills workshops, and meeting other requirements. Other students may participate in the Academic Success Program if they want to raise their grade point averages, learn better study techniques, or improve time management skills. Some students who are on academic probation are required to be in the program.
Peer tutors are available each semester in most first year level courses, and many upper level courses. Tutorial services are free for all students. Sign up sheets and schedules for tutors are posted weekly in the PEAK. In addition, a professional mathematics tutor is available to work with students individually, and the Writing Across the Curriculum Program includes a professional writing tutor. These services are free for all enrolled students.
A variety of services are available to students with documented learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, or other disabilities. Students are strongly encouraged to disclose this information to the Director of Disability Services. Accommodations, and services are tailored to the student and may include:
* extended time on tests
* individual tutorials NovaNet software
* note takers for course lectures
* applying for alterations to academic requirements in selected cases
* use of technological supports in the Blackwell Learning Lab
* referrals for educational testing
* individual advising and monitoring
Students may seek general academic support from the staff in Academic Services, ranging from help in investigating different majors, or tips for improving grade point averages, to understanding graduation requirements. The Academic Services staff is happy to supplement the support that advisors, faculty, and other staff provide.