Karin L. Bone Athletics Study Center
Illinois State's Academic Assistance Unit is a model other universities have tried to copy. Redbird student-athletes continually rank above the national average for graduation rates among student-athletes, and generally graduate at a higher level than non-athletes at ISU. With specific programs aimed at the unique needs of the student-athlete and an extremely dedicated staff, Illinois State provides one of the most comprehensive academic assistance units in the country.
Three academic advisors from the university's Academic Advisement Center work specifically with student-athletes to ensure progress toward a degree. Those advisors understand the challenges confronting student-athletes as several are past Illinois State student-athletes.
Working with other areas of the university, academic support personnel are developing career preparation and assessment assistance, resource materials, resume writing, summer jobs in related fields, internships and externships.
The athletics study center staff has developed its own data base for every student-athlete at Illinois State. Coaches can monitor academic progress from their offices by computer. Also, study center computers contain software to help student's complete assignments and access research materials. Self-help study techniques like self-testing programs assist students in preparing for specific exams.
Keeping up with the class assignments while traveling with the team can be challenging. That is why the Karin Bone Athletics Study Center has more than 20 laptops available for check-out when teams are on the road.
Priority registration allows student-athletes to classes they need also, while tutors are available to meet specific needs of student-athletes.
The Karin Bone Athletics Study Center is located at 211 North University Street and open Monday-Wednesday 8-10:30 pm; Thursday and Friday 8-3:00 pm; Saturday - Closed, and Sunday 4-10:30 pm.
From I-55, take exit 165, U.S. 51-South Main St., south to College Ave. Turn left on College and then left on University. From I-39, exit at I-55 east, and the first exit is 165. From I-74, follow I-55 North to exit 165. From the airport, turn left on Empire (Rt. 9) for approximately two miles, right on Veteran's Parkway for approximately four miles, left on College Ave., for approximately six miles. Turn right on University Street. The Karin Bone Athletic Study Center is located directly across the street from the Bone Student Center on the second floor of the Military Science Building.