The Florida State University Student Athlete Academic Services program is committed to providing an environment that facilitates the academic success of each student athlete. The program includes academic advising, career development, tutorial assistance, and learning specialists, services designed to encourage students to value their educational experience. Our focus is to provide a comprehensive support program integrated with the total University that will assist all student athletes with the transition into college and provide continued support in all phases of academic and professional development, culminating with graduation, job placement, or graduate school.
Academic Support Services
A.) Advising, Counseling, and Educational Services
Athletic Academic Advisors are responsible for monitoring the academic progress of each student-athlete in the areas of eligibility and progress towards a degree. Advisors assist with class scheduling and major selection and suggest tutoring where needed. Advisors work closely with faculty and coaches to promote effective communication between all parties. Advisors monitor study hall attendance and productivity, as well as checking class attendance and grades.
Student Athlete Academic Services at Florida State University also provide student athletes with comprehensive educational services to meet the needs of each individual. SAAS coordinates extensively with the Student Disability Resource Center on campus to provide student athletes with testing and educational services based on their individual needs.
B.) Study Hall, Tutoring, Learning Specialists
Study hall is a monitored, quiet space available to student-athletes Sundays from 5:00-9:00pm and Monday-Friday from 8:00am-10:00pm in the Moore Athletics Center. Students are encouraged to work independently or work with tutors individually or in groups. Required study hall is strongly advocated for many freshman and select upperclassmen, and tutor schedules are designed around each student's class and practice schedule.
Tutoring is free and available to all student athletes if they request it. Tutoring is provided by qualified undergraduate and graduate students in many subject areas. Specific subject tutoring is available either one-on-one or in groups. Strategic Study Tables are also offered to students to help with organization and study skills.
Learning specialists work one-on-one with student-athletes to expand their academic skills and assist student-athletes in developing strategies essential to college success. Areas of focus include time management, reading, writing, critical thinking, and test-taking and note-taking strategies. Additionally, special attention is paid to freshman and student-athletes with learning disabilities. Learning Specialists work closely with the FSU Student Disability Resource Center to ensure student-athletes are fully accessing their learning potential. Students working with a learning specialist have access to a tailor-made program shaped throughout the semester to assist them in accomplishing their goals.
C.) Academic Progress Reports
Throughout the semester, letters are sent out to all instructors seeking information on the academic progress of each-student athlete. Instructors provide the academic advisors with information pertaining to each student-athletes grade, attitude, attendance, and participation in the course.
D.) Priority Scheduling
All student-athletes are provided with priority scheduling which allows them the opportunity to register for the classes they need early to ensure they stay on course for graduation. This allows student-athletes to schedule their classes around practice times.
E.) Computer Lab
Located in the Moore Athletics Center, the SAAS computer lab is accessible exclusively to student-athletes. Each computer is connected to the internet and contains programs necessary for student athletes. The computer lab is open Sundays from 5:00-9:00pm and Monday-Friday from 8:00am-10:00pm.