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Success Story: Cincinnati

In fall 2015, several Cincinnati head coaches had expressed a desire for tablets for their teams to review film and coordinate schedules. The vice provost for undergraduate affairs was collaborating with information technology on ways to improve learning retention and reduce costs through digital course materials, including with e-readers and other tools to more intentionally support e-learning on campus. Cincinnati athletics saw an opportunity to tie the goals together and help achieve both: by providing tablets to all student-athletes. Athletics partnered with the campus bookstore to negotiate with publishers for more e-books, which can be 20-30 percent cheaper than printed textbooks. The initiative also enabled new conversations across campus about academics, tapping into success at the nursing school with tablet-based learning, training for athletics staff and student-athletes from the e-learning department, and engagement with the first-generation student program. In spring 2017, 70 percent of Cincinnati student-athletes had a 3.0 GPA or higher, a 6 percentage point increase over two years. They believe this initiative, which provides Bearcats with all the information and tools they need for school and sports in one place, contributed to that growth. Want to learn more? Contact Joe Luckey, Cincinnati senior associate athletics director for student-athlete support services.