ATHLETIC ACADEMIC SUPPORT PROGRAM
The Athletic Academic Support Office is organized by sport. That is, every student-athlete on a team works with the same athletic academic assistant to which his or her particular team has been assigned.
STUDENT-ATHLETE ORIENTATION PROGRAM
LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER (LRC) - UNIVERSITY-WIDE TUTORING
The Peer Tutoring Program is offered as a series of fixed-schedule, open-door tutoring sessions in 16 disciplines: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry (general and organic), Change and Tradition, Classical Studies, Economics, French, German, Mathematics, Microcomputing, Music Theory, Pharmacokinetics, Psychology, Physics, Spanish and Speech/Public Speaking. The Peer Tutoring sessions are conducted predominantly by juniors and seniors majoring in the target disciplines, who have been recommended by faculty members. Students must have successfully completed the course for which they are providing tutoring, demonstrate a excellent understanding of the material covered in 100-200 level classes in the discipline, and possess an ability to communicate effectively. Students receive training in tutoring their peers by a "tutoring coordinator" in the given discipline. The tutor coordinators are faculty members who are charged by the department chair to supervise the tutoring program.
Although the hours of the Peer Tutoring sessions vary by academic department, most are available between four and six days per week, two to five hours per day. At the beginning of each academic semester, the entire student body receives a copy of the Peer Tutoring Program schedule. Freshmen and sophomores receive a second copy of the schedule with their Early Term Grade Reports. The schedule is also posted on the bulletin board outside the Learning Resource Center, and outside each Peer Tutoring room. Faculty members are urged to inform their classes of the availability of the Peer Tutoring Program at the start of the semester, and again periodically throughout the term.
In addition to the Peer Tutoring Program, Butler University maintains a Writer's Studio to assist students with researching, organizing and composing written assignments. The Writer's Studio is managed by a professional director, and hires a staff of full-time and peer tutors. Students working as peer tutors in the Writer's Studio must complete a semester-long, one-credit class, and must demonstrate superior ability in writing and writing instruction.
Individual tutoring sessions are available to a limited number of students upon faculty recommendation. To recommend a student for individual tutoring, a faculty member should be satisfied that a given student attends class regularly, prepares well for class, completes all written assignments, attends the professor's office hours and problem solving sessions, and visits the Peer Tutoring sessions (when available). If a student meets the stated criteria, and the faculty member believes the students stands to benefit from a limited number of individual tutoring sessions, the Learning Resource Center will hire a tutor and arrange the tutoring sessions. Traditionally, students serving as individual tutors are drawn from the pool of individuals already working in the Peer Tutoring Program, and have received training under its auspices.
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT TUTORING PROGRAM
Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each student-athlete to consult with his or her instructors PRIOR to making an athletic trip. It is best if the student-athlete meets with each instructor beforehand to clarify assignments that might be missed, and to learn of all deadlines for making up missed exams and/or class assignments, presentations and projects. Class travel excuses are not to be used as a justifiable reason for not meeting class responsibilities that have been clearly outlined by the instructor.
UNIVERSITY MONITORING AND REPORTING SYSTEM
Students who receive deficient grades or narratives on their Early Term Grade reports are directed to confer with their academic advisors prior to a specified date. Deficient grades include the letter grades of "D" and "F", as well as narratives commenting on inadequate attendance, test performance, homework completion and level of class participation. Since faculty advisors also receive copies of the Early Term Grade reports, they are aware of their advisees' academic progress and know which students should report for conferences. Faculty advisors are invited to refer students to the Learning Resource Center (LRC) for academic assistance or for triage of other circumstances that may be impacting the students' performance.
At any time during the semester, faculty members who identify academic deficiencies or poor attendance among their students may refer the students for assistance to the Learning Resource Center. The staff of the LRC will contact the student and arrange an initial meeting. If, during the course of the initial meeting, the LRC staff determines that non-academic concerns are impacting the student's performance, the LRC contacts other assistance providers on campus or may directly refer the student to those resources. The LRC articulates its assistance efforts with the Counseling Center, the Health Center, the Office of Residence Life, and the Office of Student Affairs.
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT MONITORING AND REPORTING SYSTEM
Because the Athletic Academic Support Office is organized by sport, every student-athlete on a team works with the same athletic academic assistant to which his or her particular team has been assigned. In order to proactively monitor the academic success of their student-athletes, the athletic academic support staff regularly schedules weekly meetings with returning student-athletes on their assigned teams who have a cumulative grade point average of a 2.5 or less. Additionally, any in-coming freshmen who are identified by the admission office as requiring specific academic performance standards, and/or student-athletes who are recommended by their coaches also meet on a regular weekly basis throughout the school year with their athletic academic assistant. Besides assisting students with the registration process, the athletic academic assistants also help their assigned student-athletes by making one-on-one and small-group tutorial referrals, monitoring class attendance and academic performance through early term grade reports (first 4-5 weeks of the semester) and progress reports (sent the 8th and 12th weeks of each semester) to their instructors, and evaluating their academic performance per NCAA continuing eligibility rules.
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR'S HONOR ROLL
The list of the names of the various award winners are posted at the end of each fall/spring term in the Athletic Academic Support Program Office area, and in the glass case outside the men's basketball office.
JOSTEN'S SCHOLAR-ATHLETE RECOGNITION DAY
As part of a men's basketball half-time program, all student-athlete's who are award winners are personally recognized for their academic achievement during the fall/spring semesters of the previous calendar year. Additionally, each award winner is listed in the game program for that day's competition, and a Josten's representative has traditionally presented a financial donation in support of the athletic department's tutoring program.
STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS BANQUET
STUDENT-ATHLETIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SAAC)
Selection process and meetings: Each head coach and their graduationg SAAC representative will be asked to select a new representative either by appointment or through a team vote. There will be at least one regularly scheduled meeting held each month during the academic year, with the meetings being scheduled at times that are mutually agreeable for committee members.
The committtee's purpose is to advise Butler's athletic administration on matters that directly impact students, including but not limited to:
Additionally, committee members help to organize community service projects, select the SAAC/Student Affairs male/female team award winners, and communicate with teammates to bring issues of concern to the committee and return with the committee's reaction to their teammates.