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The mission of Student-Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS) is to successfully promote student-athlete welfare by integrating academic, athletic, and leadership experiences. The SAASS Office attempts to put the WCU student-athletes in positions to benefit from the educational, professional and cultural advantages of higher education.

The SAASS Office does this by:

• Assisting student-athletes in reaching academic, career, and life goals
o Develop student-athlete life skills
o Provide leadership opportunities
• Supporting the success of the student-athletes by actively engaging the larger university community
• Providing necessary resources to be academically successful
• Providing leadership opportunities
• Maintaining NCAA eligibility

Purpose of Academic Support Staff

The Office of Student-Athlete Support Services is staffed by the Associate Athletic Director for Academics/SWA, Director of Academic Support Services, Assistant Director, interns, and academic assistants.

Academic Enhancement Program (AEP)

The primary function of AEP is to facilitate student-athlete study hours. The study hours are monitored by the SAASS staff and academic assistants. The WCU Department of Athletics recognizes the need to prepare first year student-athletes (both freshmen and transfer students) to ensure that all students are transitioning successfully. Therefore all first-year students are mandated study hours.

Additional Links:

Western Carolina Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

WCU Student-Athlete Affairs