Counseling and Monitoring
Athletics coordinators work closely with student-athletes
from the time they arrive until the time they graduate. These relationships,
based on mutual trust and respect, offer the stability students need to
flourish. They also help to personalize the campus environment, giving
students a sense of belonging. Counselors work closely with the students'
university assigned advisors on academic planning matters-goal setting,
plans of study, schedule building, choosing majors and degree reequirements.
They help students understand NCAA, Big Ten and UI academic policies that
affect their academic progress. In their work with students and coaches,
athletics counselors are held to the highest standards of honesty, fairness
and professional ethics.
Tutoring is available to all student athletes, free of
charge. Tutors, who are post-graduates and teachers, help with course
content as well as study strategies. Tutors are available in virtually
all general education program subjects including natural sciences, mathematics,
social sciences and humanities.
Learning Center is a multifaceted study environment where
students work together with their academic coordinators and selected tutors.
Students can work with tutors individually or in small groups or work
in a quiet area. They also participate in life skills and study strategy
seminars. The Gerdin Athletic Learning Center is conveniently located
behind Slater Residence Hall. (Additional
A major goal of the Athletics Department is the retention
and graduation of its students. The retention program identifies student
athletes who may need tailored academic assistance and structure, then
implements learning plans to help them succeed. Such services and programs
include counseling, tutoring, study groups, daily and weekly planning
sessions with academic coordinators and mainstreaming into on-campus services
like reading, writing and math labs.