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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.

2019 AASP Conference Information

Register online here. (Online registration will close on July 8).

Location: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

  • Monday, July 29: Class IV Renewal Assessments Meetings
  • Tuesday, July 30: Class V Renewal Assessments Meetings,

Pre-Conference Certification and Compliance Workshop & L.E.A.D Academy Orientation

  • Wednesday, July 31: Conference Sessions & L.E.A.D Academy        
  • Thursday, August 1: Conference Sessions & L.E.A.D Academy

2019 Keynote Speaker

Maurice Stinnett

Dr. Maurice A. Stinnett is an experienced leader and expert in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity across nonprofit, education, and corporate sectors. 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 BSE Global, 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 of Diversity and Inclusion for an NBA team.

Dr. Stinnett’s prior experience includes roles in higher education and nonprofit leadership. He most recently served as Vice President of Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University, where he successfully led the institution’s response to a university crisis that received national attention and ignited debates regarding the distinction between free speech and hate speech. Prior to joining CSU, his experience included serving as Dean of Students at Central State University, as the Sr. Director of Community Engagement and Education at CentroNia, a multicultural, bilingual education nonprofit located in Washington, DC; and as Chairman for the World Leadership Program, a White House initiative under the Obama administration that sought to spark learning and dialogue between graduate students and universities in the Middle East and the United States. 

Dr. Stinnett is an energetic presenter who is a fierce advocate for equity and inclusion. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Central State University, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Master of Education and Doctor of Education and Organizational Leadership from Columbia University.

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)

  • Thirsty to Pay It Forward

Speaker: Dr. Billy McBride (Amherst)

  • The Important Role of Conference Commissioners in Accelerating Academic Success

Panelists: Tom Burnett (Southland), Dr. Dennis Thomas (MEAC), Dr. Charles McClelland (SWAC), Maureen A. Harty (HCAC); moderated by Dr. Katrice Albert

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
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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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