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Abstract

Academic intervention programs for student-athletes exist at many universities, but how effective are such programs in helping student-athletes develop a “student first” mentality? For athletes, it can sometimes be difficult to give academics the necessary time and effort in order to be successful in the classroom. Academic interventions prior to a student-athlete’s first semester can be useful in bucking that trend by giving the participants an early feel of the rigors and expectations of college academics. Additionally, these programs are early practice at perfecting study habits, developing relationships with professors, learning how to manage time effectively, and learning how to use the university’s resources to improve their work. All things considered, it’s the goal of the academic interventions to motivate the student-athletes to strive to do more than just getting by and motivate them to the extent that retention of student-athletes through graduation is no longer the exception but rather the new trend.

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