The Academic Development division of the Athletic Study Center (ASC) supports at-risk student athletes to overcome barriers toward academic and personal success that are both conscious and unconscious as well as relevant in the short and long-term, with the specific intention of scaffolding support over time to ensure self-reliance and human thriving.
Desired Student Outcomes
Baseline levels of academic performance
Minimized academic failure rates among “intensive,” student-athlete population via support strategies that adhere to strict guidelines for academic integrity.
Functional skills and knowledge
Automation of skills, habits and literacies necessary for (1) maximizing academic achievement at U.C. Berkeley, (2) acting as a functional member of university community.
Critical thinking strategies for short and long-term success
Comfort with thinking and decision-making strategies necessary for (1) rigors of academic coursework and (2) managing complex demands of athletic-academic-personal life as a student-athlete in their chosen sport.
Health and wellbeing
Optimization of psycho-socio-emotional wellbeing within context of each students’ personal barriers to success.
Adaptive motivation and legitimate participation in academic community
Nurturing genuine interest and engagement in the academic process.
Critical Process Goals
Evaluation of student ability
Periodic assessment of student ability beyond traditional academic achievement measures.
Integration of theoretical and applied academic research
Formal and informal identification, synthesis, and distribution of up-to-date academic research that informs daily practice.
Dynamic collaboration with key academic support stakeholders
Open and constantly evolving lines of communication with relevant stakeholders to ensure awareness of student progress and joint action to optimize support.