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NCCU’S Preparing to Soar Program

Currently in its third year, the Preparing to Soar Program is an intensive academic enrichment program funded through the Accelerating Academic Success Program (AASP). The bridge program begins in the summer prior to freshmen enrollment...

Utah Valley University’s Men’s Golf Team

Under the leadership of head coach Chris Curran, the Utah Valley’s men’s golf team has solidified a culture of academic and athletic excellence. During his tenure, Curran’s emphasis on academics first has taken the team from an 875 APR to...

North Carolina A&T's Christopher Belcher

Belcher, a transfer student-athlete, earned his way into the spotlight as a standout sprinter in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and the 4x100 meter relay. His coach, Duane Ross, describes him as hardworking and competitive—traits that have...

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...

What is APR?

Implemented in 2003 as part of an ambitious academic reform effort, the Academic Progress Rate holds schools accountable for the academic progress of student-athletes through a team-based metric.

The Science of Safety: A Look at the Future of Concussion

Over the last decade, concussions have dominated the sports injury discussion, regardless of sport. At every level of all contact sports, coaches, players, administrators and parents are educating themselves about head injuries and exploring new ways to identify how concussions affect the brain.

Navigating Through Division II

The NCAA is a complex organization, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. The resources provided here help explain the Association and how to operate effectively as a member of Division II. These materials are particularly helpful in navigating membership-related and legislative aspects of athletics administration in Division II.

AASP Past Grant Recipients

Comprehensive Multiyear Grant Class 1 California State, Northridge $ 900,000* Coppin State University $ 900,000 Jackson State University $ 900,000 Morehead State University $ 540,000 Norfolk State University $ 615,000 Tennessee State...

Jackson State University Head Baseball Coach Omar Johnson

Coach Omar Johnson was the key piece in shifting the academic culture and athletic success of Jackson State’s baseball team. His leadership and courage to change his recruiting philosophy paid off and has led to his student-athletes...


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