New Teamworks Report: State of Academics in College Athletics

Academics staff play a unique role in college athletics. Supporting student-athletes in the classroom has similarities to coaching them on the field of play but also some stark contrasts.

For as important of a role as academics support plays in athletics, there isn’t necessarily a clear understanding of the industry. To get this clarity, Teamworks conducted a survey of academics staff ranging from Student-Athlete Service Coordinators to Faculty Athletic Representatives to get an unfiltered look at the State of Academics in College Athletics.  

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Here are some of the key findings from the survey.

Strong Connection with Student-Athletes

They’re at the center of what academics staff do – and, fortunately, a vast majority of respondents feel connected with student-athletes.

“…we can have a greater impact as we continue to focus more on helping students improve academically/cognitively and leave with stronger skills as opposed to having the mindset that we’re here to keep them eligible.”
– Survey Respondent

Tutor Troubles

From recruiting and hiring tutors to effectively matching student-athletes with tutors based on needs, there are a number of challenges faced in tutor management. Respondents listed an average of more than five challenges they face along the way.

One-on-One Limitations

Academics staff recognize the importance and value of working individually with student-athletes, but budget and bandwidth are barriers to being able to take the time with student-athletes to help them excel.

“Those of us that work in the field of academics, have a responsibility to understand our student-athletes at a deeper level in order to maximize their potential and create a well-rounded experience.”
– Survey Respondent

Times Are Changing

Leveraging technology in their roles is changing how respondents do their job. On average, respondents are using two or more technologies in their roles.

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