With a refurbished computer lab and committed staff, Tulane's Office of Student Services helps student-athletes achieve their academic goals.
The primary objective of the Office of Student-Athlete Services is to assist student-athletes in their efforts to complete their degree requirements and to develop the skills necessary to be productive citizens.
The academic counselors within the Office of Student-Athlete Support Services assist student-athletes in their pursuit of an undergraduate degree through the development and evaluation of their academic plans based upon educational and career objectives. Furthermore, the office assists student-athletes in the clarification of their life and career goals. The academic staff extends a caring, committed effort in helping students' intellectual, cultural, physical and social development.
Academic Advising Center
The Office of Student-Athlete Support Services is located on the first floor of the James W. Wilson Jr. Center. The suite houses an upgraded computer lab, the offices of the athletics academic counselors, and a quiet study area. The computer lab consists of 18 fully-equipped computers with several software programs, Internet access, and e-mail capabilities.
In addition to the computer lab and staff offices, a general study area allows student-athletes to study in a quiet and controlled environment.
Advising Tulane student-athletes during their pursuit of an undergraduate degree is the single most important function of the Office of Student-Athlete Support Services. The staff uses a collaborative approach that involves the student-athletes, department and college advisors, and the counselors of the Student-Athlete Support Services unit. Together, this group works to develop a unique plan of action for every Tulane student-athlete.
Each varsity sport at Tulane is assigned an academic counselor who understands the mission of Tulane University and the academic policies and philosophies that govern the University. Furthermore, the academic counselors provide accurate knowledge of university and college degree requirements, as well as NCAA standards. This knowledge includes an understanding of university and department academic courses, course content, and prerequisites needed for academic degrees.
Tulane's athletics academic counselors also possess skills that allow for one-on-one counseling. Student-athletes discuss their academic interests, personal needs and crisis situations with their counselors. If referrals to specialists are needed, Tulane's athletics department works closely with on-campus counseling organizations that provide professional counseling on a confidential basis.
The tutorial program for student-athletes at Tulane is one of the most comprehensive in Conference USA. The tutoring program is designed to supplement the knowledge that students gain in the classroom with direct one-on-one interaction with a tutor. Only the most qualified tutors are hired to work with Tulane student-athletes, and any student-athlete can request a tutor for any course.
Student-athletes are presented with many challenges in balancing academics and athletics at the Division I level. To meet these challenges, the NCAA developed the CHAMPS/Life Skills program to assist universities with the preparation of their student-athletes for life beyond collegiate athletics. The CHAMPS/Life Skills program helps bridge the gap between participating in intercollegiate athletics and experiencing campus life.
Student-Athlete Advisory Council
The Tulane Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) represents the students' concerns to the athletics administration and coordinates several of the Green Wave's annual community service projects. Made up of representatives from each of Tulane's sports programs, the board meets monthly to discuss community service projects, campus outreach programs, and issues faced by Tulane University student-athletes.
SAAC encourages all varsity athletes to become involved in its programs, including coordinating the National Student-Athlete Celebration, planning the Varsity Ball, Tulane's All-Sports Awards Banquet, and organizing donation projects.
Student-athletes at Tulane University are role models for youths in New Orleans. During the year, student-athletes undertake community service projects like participating in a mentoring program at a local school, visiting children in local hospitals and working camps for underprivileged youths.