Teamworks Announces New Academics Solution
Objective-based learning system empowers student-athletes to reach full potential
DURHAM, NC – [Monday, October 29, 2018] – Teamworks, the leading athlete engagement platform, today announced the development of a new academic success management tool to improve student-athlete performance in the classroom and beyond. Teamworks Academics will provide athletic departments with a more impactful and individualized way to organize, monitor and motivate student-athletes to achieve greater academic success.
By proactively managing coursework and associated tasks and assignments on the platform, academics and student-athlete development personnel can optimize the often limited time they have with student-athletes. Launching in Summer of 2019, Teamworks Academics will streamline the development and execution of objective-based learning plans, resulting in improved outcomes and academic performance for every student-athlete.
“Our organization is singularly-focused on empowering athletes, and academic success plays a vital role,” said Zach Maurides founder and CEO of Teamworks. “Teamworks Academics can make a difference for every student-athlete, no matter what their academic needs are. Academic staff can now focus more intently on student-athletes, create a more positive experience and ultimately deliver better outcomes. With individualized plans for success tailored to their unique needs and goals, student-athletes are better positioned to reach their full potential.”
The platform leverages a combination of existing and new Teamworks modules to simplify logistics around academics, reducing the amount of time spent on repetitive work. By integrating with existing on-campus learning management platforms, Teamworks Academics will enable smooth communication and scheduling between athletes, athletic department staff, tutors and faculty.
Developed in conjunction with the Teamworks Academics Advisory Board
Teamworks Academics is being designed in conjunction with feedback from more than 30 universities. An Advisory Board of key veterans who support the academic achievement for intercollegiate athletics has been created. The Board provides ongoing recommendations and industry best practices to be incorporated into the development of Teamworks Academics.
“The formation of the Academics Advisory Board ensures the voice of student-athletes, coaches, administration and support staff is heard throughout the creation of Teamworks Academics,” said Brian Davis, Teamworks’ Senior Enterprise Account Executive and 32-year veteran of athletic academic support at institutions including University of Texas, University of North Carolina and Iowa State University. “We’re honored to have insights from industry leaders at the peak of academic and athletic achievement shaping our platform. Their feedback has been, and will continue to be, invaluable to address their academic needs while providing the exceptional experience Teamworks users expect.”
Teamworks Academics Advisory Board members currently include:
- Todd Edwards, Michigan State University, Executive Director of Student-Athlete Support Services
- Scott Walker, Rutgers University, Executive Director of Academic Services for Student Athletes
- Tommy Powell, Syracuse University, Assistant Provost for Student-Athlete Academic Development
- Brittany Price, University of Alabama, Director, Athletic Academic Programs
- Jeff Guin, University of Florida, Senior Associate Athletic Director
- Chris Uchacz, University of Maryland, Associate Athletic Director – Director GSAC
- Dennis Leblanc, University of Nebraska, Executive Associate Athletic Director – Academics
- Mike Meade, University of Oklahoma, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academic Services
- Denise Kwok, University of Southern California, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Student-Athlete Academic Services
“Teamworks has been a great partner helping with the logistics of our entire athletics department,” said Powell. “With the release of the Teamworks Academic Solution, we will now have all vital services under one umbrella. Our student-athletes have extremely busy schedules and this solution will now allow us to easily develop a complete individualized educational support program, while being able to coordinate with other departments to avoid conflicts and maximize time management.”
“Academic professionals have been seeking a platform that could bring all communication involving student-athletes under one umbrella,” said Guin. “With Teamworks’ efforts to add this piece, they are well on their way to establishing the ‘must-have’ software that will connect all areas of Student-Athlete Welfare and allow us to provide the best support we can to our student-athletes…which is why we are all in this profession to begin with.”
“Two years ago, we achieved our highest all-team GPA in history, eclipsing the 3.0 mark by moving to an objective-based learning management system for all sport programs,” said Uchacz. “Teamworks Academics will continue to enhance our efficiency as we continue to strengthen our commitment to every student-athlete. We look forward to maximizing our staff’s time and achieving even greater academic success.”
Teamworks Academics will be generally available in the Summer of 2019. To learn more about the principles behind the solution, view the “Academic Excellence for Elite Student Athletes” webinar. For more information on key features and, sign up for the “Teamworks Academics Product Webinar” which will be held on November 14.
Teamworks is the leading athlete engagement software, empowering more than 2,400 clients around the world to better connect and collaborate by simplifying their internal processes. Based in Durham, North Carolina, and founded in 2004, Teamworks has doubled in both revenue and people for four years in a row. The company continues to invest heavily in technology and expand the team to respond to the increasing customer demand. Organizations that depend on Teamworks to create a culture of communication and accountability include more than 1,800 NCAA Division I programs including every Autonomous Conference institution; professional teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL; collegiate and professional conferences; and national governing bodies. Visit www.teamworks.com for more information.