Student-Athlete Support Program
The Student-Athlete Support Program is a service of American University's Academic Support and Access Center in collaboration with the Department of Athletics.
The staff assists student-athletes as they work to reach their academic, athletic, personal, and social goals, while also promoting excellence, responsibility, and personal initiative. Connecting students to the rich resources and facilities at American University, the focus is on the development of the total person.
What services are available for student-athletes?
Guided Study: A proactive monitoring program, which identifies student-athletes who may confront a variety of challenges either in their transition to AU or as upper class students. Student-athletes selected for guided study meet weekly with an academic counselor to develop study skills, including time management, in order to effectively balance their academic and athletic commitments.
Individual Counseling: Any student-athlete can meet with an academic support counselor throughout the year.
Study Hall: All first-year and transfer student-athletes are required to attend study hall in the library during their first semester at American University. Once student-athletes demonstrate successful academic progress, as defined by their team, student-athletes manage their own study time. At any point in their academic career, student-athletes may again be required to attend study hall if their grades fall below team standards.
Peer Tutoring: Individual peer tutors are available for all classes over the course of the student-athlete's career at American University.
Progress Reports: At mid-semester, professors are asked to indicate the students' progress and current grade. Progress reports are returned and shared with coaches and student-athletes.
Priority registration: Beginning with the second semester of enrollment, student-athletes receive priority registration. When student-athletes register early, class and practice conflicts can be minimized.
Additional assistance: There are a number of ways for students to get the assistance needed. Professors and teaching assistants hold office hours specifically for students to ask questions. Referrals to other campus resources, such as the Writing Lab, the Writing Center, and the Mathematics & Statistics Tutoring Lab, are made on an individual basis.