Advisors provide a broad range of services for student-athletes (S-A):
• academic guidance,
• monitor academic performance,
• monitor initial and continuing eligibility
• meet and communicate regularly with coaches and administrators,
• contact CMU faculty and staff to gather information on the performance of students,
• meet with professors, advisors, and college deans as requested,
• provide students and professors excuse letters for required athletic travel,
• coordinate awards for academic and scholarship opportunities,
• collect and report data to various offices (e.g., MAC, NCAA, respective coaches associations), and
• meet with prospective student-athletes and families on recruiting visits.
The Learning Specialist works with individual student-athletes to foster academic success. Academic needs and concerns are assessed, learning strategies and plans are developed and implemented, referrals to on-campus and off-campus services are offered, tutoring sessions are coordinated, counseling is provided, and other supportive services are made available to or for student-athletes.
Study table, also known as study hall, is an organized and supervised study environment available for student-athletes based on coaches' request and academic performance. The Enberg Academic Center is open to every student-athlete to meet their studying needs and required hours on Sunday from 4-10 p.m., Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and on Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. The study hall space is open for students use on Friday but no study table hours will be logged. Student-athletes may earn time for tutoring during all hours the Center is open, except on Fridays.
Every freshman and selected student-athletes are required to accomplish up to 6-8 hours of study table each week in the fall. Required hours will vary in the spring depending on their academic performance in the fall. The academic advisors, along with academic assistants, oversee study hall each day and evening. This study hall requirement is designed to help the student-athletes with time management skills, use the resources available to them, and to help them adjust to the challenging academic expectations at Central Michigan University.
Students who are potentially at-risk or at the request of their coach are required to meet weekly with their academic advisor, learning specialist or an academic mentor. Mentors are often former student-athletes and/or graduate students. The following are discussed in weekly meetings:
• current academic performance/standing in class,
• upcoming events and/or assignments due in the student-athlete's courses,
• developing effective study skills,
• learning time management strategies and organization skills, and
• transitioning from high school into college.
Student-Athletic Services offers a free, comprehensive tutorial program for CMU student-athletes in the Enberg Academic Center of the Indoor Athletic Complex. Student-Athletic Services employs undergraduate and graduate student tutors to provide assistance in a wide variety of academic subject areas. All tutors receive training to enhance their instructional abilities, knowledge of NCAA, Athletics Department and Student-Athlete Services rules and regulations, and to explore other aspects in order to offer excellent tutoring supports for our student-athletes.
One-on-one tutoring occurs and, when possible, group tutoring sessions are offered to multiple student-athletes taking the same course.
Additional On-Campus Tutoring
· Academic Assistance - CMU tutoring and academic support information
· English Language Institute
ChAMP Mentoring Program
The overall goal of the Chippewa Athlete Mentoring Program (ChAMP) at Central Michigan University (CMU) is to teach each student-athlete goal setting, time management and effective study skills in order to reach their individual academic objectives, and to create a sense of belonging and connection with CMU. Each student-athlete will be paired with an upperclassman student-athlete to meet with weekly to discuss various topics that will support a positive first semester at CMU.