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Academic Services Staff
Sr. Rose Ann Fleming, PhD, JD

Special Assistant to the President/Faculty Athletics Representative

fleming@xavier.edu
513.745.3648
TBD Director of Student-Athlete Academic Support Services TBD
513.745.3708
TBD Academic Advisor/Life Skills Coordinator TBD
513.745.3115
Chris Barbour Athletic Academic Advisor
Men's basketball and men's golf
barbourc@xavier.edu
513.745.3778

Athletics at Xavier is more than just a game. It is an important part of the Jesuit philosophy of education that stresses the development of the mind, body and spirit of each student. Xavier is consistently among the top schools in the nation for student-athlete graduation rates. In the most recent Graduation Success Rate, as measured by the NCAA, Xavier student-athletes graduated at an impressive rate of 97%, which was the highest graduation rate in the BIG EAST Conference.

Xavier placed 180 student-athletes on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team following the spring 2014 semester. In order to be eligible, student-athletes must participate in a BIG EAST-sponsored sport, attain a minimum GPA of 3.00 for the preceding academic year, and have completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters with a total of 18 semester credits, not including remedial courses. Xavier University Athletics had four teams post perfect academic Progress Rate (APR) scores during the 2012-13 season. Additionally, five teams earned the APR Public Recognition Award for placing in the top 10 percent of the multi-year APR. Xavier has upheld its strong academic tradition among its student-athletes by posting a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) score of 97 percent, which places it tied for 12th in the nation and in the top spot in the BIG EAST.

The Office of Student Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS) is located on the 5th Floor of the new Conaton Learning Commons. The SAASS Office offers one-on-one academic advising to student-athletes, which involves academic monitoring and support, as well as assistance with class registration and course selection. The office also oversees both a freshman and upperclassman study tables program. AcademicsEvery freshman student-athlete at Xavier is required to attend study tables for two hours a day, Sunday-Thursday, every week of their first semester, whether in or out of season. Tutors are available at these study sessions to assist the student-athletes. Following the conclusion of the first semester, freshmen who have earned less than a 3.0 GPA will be required to continue with study tables. For the rest of their Xavier career, any student-athlete who fails to earn a 3.0 GPA will be required to attend study tables on a weekly basis.

The SAASS Office offers one-on-one academic advising to student-athletes, which involves academic monitoring and support, as well as assistance with class registration and course selection. The office also oversees both a freshman and upperclassman study tables program. Every freshman student-athlete at Xavier is Academicsrequired to attend study tables for two hours a day, Sunday-Thursday, every week of their first semester, whether in or out of season. Tutors are available at these study sessions to assist the student-athletes. Following the conclusion of the first semester, freshmen who have earned less than a 3.0 GPA will be required to continue with study tables. For the rest of their Xavier career, any student-athlete who fails to earn a 3.0 GPA will be required to attend study tables on a weekly basis.

Another aspect of academic support offered by this office is a comprehensive tutoring program which provides tutoring support to student-athletes in nearly every academic field. The SAASS Office employs approximately 5-10 adult professional tutors and collaborates with the Xavier Learning Assistance Center (LAC) to provide student tutors to work with the student-athletes. Also available through the LAC are supplemental instruction (SI) sessions in the fields of biology, chemistry and anatomy and physiology.
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The SAASS Office also includes a comprehensive Life Skills Program, which provides programming and support in the areas of personal development, career development, and service to the community. Xavier student-athletes have had the opportunity to give back to the community through volunteer service at the Ronald McDonald House, City Gospel Mission, the Adopt-A-Class program, and the Special Olympics. Also under the Life Skills umbrella is a freshman orientation class called "Issues Affecting Student-Athletes." The class teaches students about time management, study skills, and other unique challenges that impact the student-athlete population.