ADSA Services

Academic Counseling – Each Academic Counselor is tasked with providing mentoring and core skills support to their assigned caseload of student-athletes. Counselors help them respond effectively to specific academic challenges, better articulate their educational goals, and succeed in their academic careers. Academic Counselors meet regularly with first-year and academically at-risk student-athletes in one-to-one sessions to discuss effective strategies. During weekly appointments, students create a weekly to do list using their academic planners, and grades are reported from previous assignments and exams. Student-athletes are expected to self-report academic progress, and to take full responsibility for their academic career.
Counselors identify academic support needs through consultation with coaches and student athletes and conferring with faculty and academic advisors to determine the most effective academic assistance and services. Academic Success Services include:

Study Hall – The ADSA suite is a fully equipped computer lab and study area with computers and printers. These resources are available to all student-athletes to utilize. Resources such as: laptops, calculators, voice recorders, and headphones are available to all student-athletes to check out for the academic term, or temporarily while in the ADSA suite.

Priority Registration – Student-athletes have priority registration at SMU along with other special student groups. Class schedules are built with practice times, travel, and in-season/out-of-season schedules in mind. Counselors work with Campus Advisors to ensure students take the appropriate courses for their major. Additionally, Counselors and students work directly with the athletic Eligibility Coordinator to ensure all NCAA eligibility requirements are met.

Faculty Feedback – In addition to the University wide Early Progress Reports (EPRs) and Mid-term Progress Reports (MPRs) commissioned by the Office of the Registrar, ADSA counselors also solicit faculty feedback for student-athletes two additional times each semester through Teamworks. This allows the counselor to better assist the student in developing an academic strategy, often including effective work with tutors. Feedback is also shared with coaches.

Learning Specialists – The ADSA specialist department consists of both reading and writing interventionists. Specialists administer literacy assessments to identified incoming first-year and transfer students to determine college readiness. The assessments determine specific reading and writing challenges that a student might be experiencing. The data collected is used to design individualized, targeted interventions for specific student needs. Specialists' sessions vary in frequency on an individualized basis.

Tutorial Services – The purpose of the tutor program is to provide student-athletes with subject-specific tutors who serve as a supplement to the classroom experience and help student-athletes to better understand specific course content. The Tutor Coordinator is responsible for all tutoring operations, including the hiring and training of tutors as well as the scheduling for each term. Adjunct professors and graduate students make up the majority of the tutor population. Appointments are typically tailored for the individual and last 45 minutes each. The purpose of the tutorial program is to provide student-athletes with subject-specific tutors to serve as a supplement to the classroom experience. Tutors help student-athletes to better understand specific course content. The Tutor Coordinator is responsible for all tutoring operations, including the hiring and training of tutors as well as the scheduling the appointments for each term. The majority of our tutors consist of undergraduate students, graduate students, adjunct professors, and outside professionals. Minding the obligations of practice and competition schedules, student-athletes can arrange for regular weekly tutoring appointments through their ADSA Academic Counselor. The number of sessions-a-week is tailored to the student-athlete's needs. Appointments are scheduled in Teamworks and available for students to view their tutoring schedules on a daily basis.

Summer Bridge – All incoming freshmen and transfer student-athletes who join the Mustang family in the summer term will participate in Summer Bridge programming. The Summer Bridge program assists students in their transition to SMU. During this time, students will grow accustomed to the demands of a student-athlete and learn essential transitional skills and resources before the Fall semester starts. Students will participate in daily study halls, be introduced to guest speakers, and visit other offices on campus. Throughout the summer, students will attend educational sessions that cover topics such as the SMU Honor Code, Majors @ SMU, and Cultural Intelligence. The aim of this program is to help students learn to balance their academics with athletics, acclimate to the college environment, and learn about the different resources and opportunities that SMU has to offer. At the conclusion of the summer term, student-athletes will learn how to address the varying challenges student-athletes face on a college campus to successfully become acclimated to life as a Mustang student-athlete.