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NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program Conference

Limited-resource institutions are invited to attend the NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program (AASP) Conference. The AASP Conference provides a broad-based schedule of programming that benefits chancellors and presidents, athletics departments, academic advisors, registrars, development and those interested in the academic success of student-athletes. It also provides the opportunity for inter-institutional discussions on issues and solutions among individuals from institutions that may have similar missions, demographics, challenges and success.

2020 AASP Conference Dates and Location Coming Soon

2019 AASP Conference Overview

  • Location: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
  • July 29-30: Renewal Assessments Meetings
  • July 30: Pre-Conference Certification and Compliance Workshop & L.E.A.D Academy Orientation
  • July 31-August 1: Conference Sessions & L.E.A.D Academy 

2019 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Maurice Stinnett

Maurice Stinnett

Dr. Maurice A. Stinnett was the 2019 AASP Keynote Speaker. He captivated the audience with his ABC’s of leadership speech and motivations of being an advocate to student athletes and universities. He serves as the inaugural Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for BSE Global, which owns and operates state-of-the-art venues such as the Barclays Center, and premier sports franchises including the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. In his role at BSEGlobal, he creates innovative programming tailored for inclusion and cultural competence and provides leadership and support across BSE’s brands. Dr. Stinnett was the first Black man to be appointed Vice President.

Introducing the Inaugural AASP LEAD Academy

Seventeen student athletes were selected by administrators at their respected schools to participate in our 5th annual AASP Conference in New Orleans.  These leaders added a different perspective and element to our conference this year.  We applauded their hard work and dedication on the field and in the classroom during the annual lunch as well as well create workshops to enhance their leadership skills for the duration of their professional career. They also packed school supplies that were donated to McDonough 42 Elementary School. The entire experience was success for all who attended.

  • Aayushi Chouhan, Delaware State University- Women’s Tennis
  • Javen Morrison, Alcorn State University- Football
  • Mariah Denson, Northwestern State University- Softball
  • Jael Scott, Alcorn State University- Men’s Basketball
  • Sydni Gilmore, Jackson State University- Women’s Track and Field
  • LaVonte Wilson, Delaware State University- Football
  • Ashlee Sellung, California State University, Northridge- Softball
  • Devin Onzuna, Coppin State University- Baseball
  • Julia Pierson, Tennessee State University- Women’s Volleyball
  • Khaysa Cunningham, Hampton University- Women’s Soccer
  • Kate Tokuhara, California State University, Bakersfield- Women’s Basketball
  • Bhrandi Crenshaw, North Carolina Central University- Women’s Track and Field
  • Elison Jewels Alaan, Morehead State University- Women’s Golf
  • Angelica Darcus, Mississippi Valley State University- Women’s Basketball
  • Armani Franklin, Norfolk State University- Women’s Basketball
  • Derrek Williams, North Carolina A&T State University- Football
  • Nasir Core, Florida A&M University- Men’s Basketball

Conference Featured Sessions

  • Closing the Gap: Women Administrators and Coaches of Color

Speakers: Dawn Staley (South Carolina), Cynthia Cooper-Dyke (Texas Southern), Jennifer Williams (Alabama State), Yolett McPhee-McCuin (University of Mississippi); moderated by Dena Freeman-Patton (CSUB)

Conference Breakout Sessions

Each year, we organize new topics and speakers for the conference. Here are a few of the sessions that will be a part of this year’s conference:

  • Women in Leadership: The Importance of SWA Designation
  • Crucial Conversations within an Athletics Department
  • Prioritizing Student-Athlete Mental Health
  • Enhancing the Student-Athlete Experience
  • Connecting to Motivate: Strategies to Gain Student-Athlete Buy-In
  • Telling Our Story: The Importance of Messaging

Be on the look out for a survey in October to gauge interest in potential conference session topics for 2020.

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The NCAA provides support for schools as they work to meet the NCAA’s academic standards via the Accelerating Academic Success Program, which assists Division I schools as they develop programs and systems designed to increase graduation rates and ensure academic success.

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