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Student athletes are highly encouraged to work closely with both the college advisor in their major and the professional staff in the C.A.T.S. academic program to receive advice about their academic progress and support in managing their demanding schedules, all while adhering to the guidelines of the NCAA.

C.A.T.S. Academics Goals

Character, Intellect, and Athletic Ability are the combined qualities that make a student-athlete a candidate for athletic participation. Once those qualities have been demonstrated, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to a program that will develop the leadership potential of all student-athletes as they pursue their education, develop their athletic skills and prepare for rewarding careers.

C.A.T.S. Academics is designed to enhance the experience of the student-athlete in the University setting. The primary goals are to support the efforts of every student-athlete who attend the UA to earn a degree, to provide assistance for the student-athlete in the development of values, emphasizing the qualities of leadership and to enhance the interpersonal relationships and communication skills of the student-athlete. Additionally, C.A.T.S. Academics is committed to preserving academic integrity of the UA by insuring compliance with all rules of the University and NCAA.

Student-Athletes Invested in Learning (S.A.I.L.) Program

The Student-Athletes Invested in Learning Program is designed to enhance learning and success for all student-athletes at every level of academic achievement. SAIL focuses on the academic skill areas that are necessary to be successful in college. Those areas include time management, reading, writing, note taking, and study/test taking strategies. Each student-athlete in SAIL meets several times a week with a learning specialist to review strategies on time management, organization, note taking, study/test taking, memory, and writing strategies. This program is unique in that each student-athlete has an individualized academic program that is designed to strengthen his or her foundational academic skills and promote success in the classroom.

Academic Certification

The Office of Curriculum and Registration maintains official transcripts and all records relating to satisfactory progress toward a degree, as well as continuing eligibility for every student-athlete. This office is located outside of athletics to maintain the integrity of the certification process. C.A.T.S. Academics and the Office of Compliance work closely with the Office of Curriculum and Registration to ensure that timely information regarding eligibility is conveyed to the coaches, student-athletes, and academic advisors.

For additional information, see C.A.T.S Academics