Student-Athlete Academic Support Services
MISSIONThe mission of Student-Athlete Academic Support Services (SASS) 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 StaffThe 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.
Western Carolina Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)