Academic Counselors provide academic support to student-athletes and assist with academic coaching in areas including study skills, time management, organizational skills, and methods for choosing balanced schedules, factoring in the demands of classes, practicing, competing, and eligibility standards. Academic Counselors meet with students on a regular basis to monitor academic progress, review reports from faculty and tutors on students’ Academic progress, class attendance and grades. They also reinforce information provided by official academic advisors and educate students on NCAA and institutional eligibility requirements. Additionally, they provide detailed, weekly reports to coaches, conduct and attend team meetings, compile semester grade/eligibility reports and assist with the preparation of each team’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Rate (GSR). Academic Counselors must maintain the highest standard of integrity and follow and comply with all NCAA, ACC, and University policies and procedures.
Required: A minimum of two years of experience working with student-athletes in an academic support program or with undergraduates in a 4-year college or university setting. Knowledge of best practices in undergraduate student retention and familiarity with issues related to student-athletes academic progress and transition issues. Nightly and weekend work required, all year round. Strong written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated effectiveness working collaboratively with staff and colleagues.
Preferred: Experience working with diverse student populations and at-risk students.
The Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) reports directly to the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and is uniquely positioned to collaborate with faculty, the Department of Athletics and the campus community to support student-athletes as they excel in the classroom and compete in athletics. The ASPSA helps student-athletes explore their academic interests and ab...ilities as well as provides numerous academic services including tutoring, secondary academic and career advising, assistance with University and NCAA eligibility, and coordination of academic honors and awards. In addition to the Director/Assistant Provost, the ASPSA staff includes 12 academic counselors, three learning specialists, and an office manager. ASPSA staff work together to guide and support student-athletes throughout their career at Carolina, beginning with an introduction to academics at UNC during the recruiting process through graduation and beyond. All incoming student-athletes, as well as those in need of more intensive academic support, participate in the My Academic Plan (MAP) program. Academic counselors and learning specialists work with each student-athlete to customize his or her MAP based on academic preparedness, course schedule, and individual need.Tutoring is available to all student-athletes. The ASPSA employs over 90 tutors each semester with individual, small group, and large group sessions scheduled Sunday through Thursday.