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Student-Athlete Affairs


The mission of the NCAA is to maintain intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the campus educational program and the athlete as an integral part of the student body. With this in mind, the Student-Athlete Affairs Program was created to support the student development initiatives of its member institutions and to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience within the university setting. In the process of achieving this mission, the Student-Athlete Affairs Program will:

  • Support efforts of every student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation.
  • Use athletics as preparation for success in life.
  • Meet the changing needs of student-athletes.
  • Promote respect for diversity among student-athletes.
  • Enhance interpersonal relationships in the lives of student-athletes.
  • Assist student-athletes in building positive self-esteem.
  • Enable student-athletes to make meaningful contributions to their communities.
  • Promote ownership by the student-athletes of their academic, athletic, personal and social responsibilities.
  • Enhance partnerships between the NCAA, member institutions and their communities for the purpose of education.
  • Encourage the development of leadership skills.



Student-Athlete Affairs Program Commitment Statements

Commitment to Academic Excellence
To support the academic progress of the student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation.

Commitment to Athletic Excellence
To build philosophical foundations for the development of athletic programs that are broad-based, equitable and dedicated to the well-being of the student-athlete.

Commitment to Personal Development
To support the development of a well-balanced lifestyle for student-athletes, encouraging emotional well-being, personal growth and decision-making skills.

Commitment to Career Development
To encourage the student-athlete to develop and pursue career and life goals.

Commitment to Service
To engage the student-athlete in service to his or her campus and surrounding communities. 


The Academic Commitment

  • Study Skills
  • Goal Setting and Time Management
  • Tutoring and Structured Study Sessions
  • Orientation and Assessment
  • Academic Counseling and Advising
  • Registration in a Meaningful Curriculum
  • Scholarship Application
  • Awards, Honors and Recognition

The Personal Development Commitment

  • Nutrition
  • Disordered Eating Prevention Education
  • Establishing Relationships and Developing Sexual Responsibility
  • Developing Self-Esteem
  • Stress Management
  • Alcohol Choices and Addictive Behavior
  • Dealing with Depression and Grief
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Media Relations
  • Personal and Social Development
  • Manners and Etiquette
  • Dealing with Authority
  • Understanding and Celebrating Diversity
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Violence Prevention
  • Leadership

The Career Development Commitment

  • Career Development
  • Freshman - Senior Years
  • Post-College
  • Agents
  • Alumni Career Network
  • Life After Sports Seminar
  • The Service Commitment
  • Service Commitment
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Play Active Sports Program
  • Mentoring
  • Peer Education and Counseling
  • Student-Athlete Assistance Program

The Athletics Commitment

  • Coaching and Evaluations
  • Departmental Operations
  • Support Programs
  • Exit Interviews
  • The Program Administration
  • Mission, Values and Purpose
  • Program Assessment and Evaluation Instruments
  • Needs Assessment
  • Content Objectives Evaluation
  • Student-Athlete Evaluation
  • Program Support
  • Faculty Fellows
  • Counseling Student-Athletes
  • Strategic Planning



Academic Excellence
The Center for Teaching and Academic Growth (TAG Center)

Athletic Excellence

Gender Equity & Title IX

Personal Development
It Takes A Team

Career Development
Career Services

Service Learning