The Office of Student Development, housed within the Department of Athletics, is committed to the academic, personal, and professional success of all student-athletes with on-going dedication to providing the highest quality service and support.
Academic Advising - East Carolina Academic Coordinators take an individualized, proactive approach with each student-athlete. Each semester Academic Coordinators recommend courses that consider both institution and NCAA eligibility standards while guiding student-athletes through their program of choice. Coordinators closely monitor academic progress throughout the semester and assist in the communication between student-athletes, faculty, and coaches. The Office of Student Development works hard to instill the skills and values that encourage student-athletes to take ownership of their academic experience.
Priority Registration - To better accommodate the demands of practice and travel, priority registration allows student-athletes to acquire courses at the times needed to ensure minimal conflict. Academic Coordinators work with student-athletes to develop a schedule and also facilitate the registration process each semester.
Study Hall - Study Hall is structured time designed to aid student-athletes in their coursework. Time in study hall is objective based; meaning student-athletes create specific and measurable objectives (i.e. reading, creating note cards or outlines, completing quizzes, meeting with tutors) that must be completed at the end of each week. Study halls are supervised by qualified monitors and often the sport's Academic Coordinator as well. During study hall, student-athletes work independently on objectives but may also use the time to meet with tutors or take advantage of tutoring labs. Specific study hall times and requirements vary from team to team to accommodate team GPA requirements and practice schedules.
Progress Reports - The Office of Student Development monitors academic progress by issuing progress reports twice a semester. Faculty submit grade updates and comments regarding student-athlete performance allowing Academic Coordinators to review and make adjustments to study habits, study hall, academic support, or behavior. Class attendance is mandatory for all student-athletes and is also noted on these reports.
Study Skills Seminars - Seminars are available for teams or individuals who may require extra training in study skills, note taking skills, or test taking skills. These seminars are offered on an as needed basis at the request of a student-athlete, academic coordinator, or coach.
Learning Specialist - The full time Learning Specialist on staff assists students with learning strategies and techniques to be successful at the collegiate level. The Learning Specialist can perform a variety of academic screenings to gain feedback on a student's current level of performance as well as for weekly consultation and monitoring of progress. The Office of Student Development's Learning Specialist also serves as the liaison to the Office of Disability Support Services and assists students with the learning difficulties in requesting and utilizing university approved accommodations.
Tutor and Mentor Program - Every student-athlete is offered the services of a tutor or mentor. More specific information can be found by clicking on the Tutor and Mentor Programs link.
NCAA Requirement Tracking - Academic coordinators monitor the compliance of each student-athlete with the NCAA Academic Requirements for Continuing Eligibility. Click here to view the specific requirements.
Career Development - In addition to the Career Center, student development professionals are available to assist with career advising, career planning, and resume and cover letter critiques.
Computer Labs - Student-athletes have exclusive access to the Pat Draughon Study Center in the Ward Sports Medicine Building. This location provides wireless access for laptop use as well as printing. Two additional computer labs for student-athletes are located in the Ward Sports Medicine Building and Scales Field House. Each computer is connected to the Internet, a printing station, and is loaded with additional programs needed for classes. Also offered in both the Ward and Scales computer labs are scanning stations.
Travel Laptop Program - Student-athletes may borrow laptops for use during travel for competition. The Office of Student Development has wireless laptops available for check out to assist student-athletes with completing papers, assignments, and accessing Blackboard while on the road.