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Student Services and Academic Support

An Overview of an Academic Support Program on the Rise

Academic, personal and professional support are essential to college success. At the Florida State University, we have developed an outstanding support program which enables student-athletes to reach their full potential.

Our philosophy is "to offer an academic 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."

To accomplish this goal we have developed an academic environment which facilitates the academic success of student-athletes. Student success is encouraged through competent academic counseling, career exploration, planning and placement and academic assistance through tutorial programs.

Our program operates on a "proactive" rather than "reactive" approach. At Florida State, our academic staff does not wait for academic crises to occur. We gather important background information and build an academic profile on all student-athletes to assess their needs in advance. We also stay informed on the daily progress of each student-athlete.

Our academic support staff includes a director, five counselors, and three graduate interns forming a group of professionals serving the needs of all our student-athletes. Mark Meleney is entering his second year as the director of the Athletics Academics Support after serving as one of the prgoram's academic counselors for eight years prior. Academic Counselor Kevin White will handle the men's tennis program duties in 1997.

In 1994, the academic programs moved to the state-of-the-art University Center and are located on the 6th floor of the $126,000,000 facility. It includes private study carrels, a tutorial study area and a computer lab outfitted with 16 state-of-the-art IBM computers and laser printers. In addition, athletic sky boxes are utilized for group and individualized tutorial instruction sessions.

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