Advisors provide a broad range of services to student-athletes (S-A):
• academic advising and counseling,
• 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 arrangements 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 Sundays from 6:00pm-10:00pm, Monday-Thursday from 8:00am-7:00pm, and on Friday from 8:00am-12:00pm. The study hall room, tutorial services, and the computer lab all can be accessed during accessed between 7:00 and 10:00 Monday through Thursday or noon to 4:00 on Fridays but time invested will not count toward study table requirements. Student-athletes may earn tutoring time during all hours the Center is open.
Every freshman and selected student-athletes are required to accomplish up to 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-Athlete Services offers a comprehensive tutorial program for CMU student-athletes. The Athletics Department employs undergraduate and graduate student tutors to provide assistance in a wide variety of academic subject areas.