Morristown, N.J. (November 24, 2014) – Get up before the sun. Practice for a few hours. Grab a quick shower, then off the class. Back to practice for another few hours. Study. Class. Game. Study. Sleep.
Not an easy schedule – yet about 25 percent of the College's students also are athletes. They split their schedule into two priorities – academics and athletics. There is no time in this schedule to falter.
The Department of Athletics and the Conklin Academic Success Center has collaborated to create the free Triple A (Academic Achievement for Athletes) program to help ensure student-athlete success. The goals are:
The overall mission of Triple A is to support the recruitment, retention, academic achievement goals, and graduation rate of all student-athletes by providing a comprehensive academic support system.
Currently, all freshmen and transfer student-athletes – with a GPA of 2.9 or less are required to attend four hours weekly of study hall, complete an athletic academic form weekly, and to meet with the director of athletics and the head coach once a week.
The program is tailored to the specific needs of the student athletes who often find themselves in a time crunch. Triple A will offer individual and small group tutoring, supplemental instruction in science and math, structured study hall, interactive workshops on test taking, study skills, and time management; access to online or in-print study aids, regular communication with faculty, staff, and advisors through sharing progress reports, and academic recognition and incentives.
"The program gives me the time I need to stay focused on my work and get the help I might need," says Akeesha Belfon '18, Biology major. "There is always somebody here in the Center and I am now more confident about my grades."
While the Conklin Academic Success Center welcomes all students, this collaborative effort with the athletic director and coaches will focus on the academic performance of student-athletes to make sure they have the support they need.
This program, as with all the services provided by the Conklin Academic Success Center, is free of charge.