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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:

1. Assist student-athletes in reaching academic, career, and life goals
a. Develop student-athlete life skills
b. Provide leadership opportunities
2. Support the success of the student-athletes by actively engaging the larger university community
3. Provide necessary resources to be academically successful
4. Provide leadership opportunities
5. Maintain NCAA eligibility

Purpose of Academic Support Staff

The Office of Student-Athlete Support Services is staffed by the Assistant Athletic Director for Academics & Compliance / Senior Woman Administrator, Director of Academic Support Services, Graduate Assistants, Intern, 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 hired by the SAASS staff. The WCU Department of Athletics recognizes the need to prepare first year student-athletes (both freshmen and transfer) 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