Targeting is a year-long program designed for freshmen and transfer student-athletes to help them adjust academically to Illinois State. Through twice weekly meetings with respective academic coordinators, the program assists student-athletes with skills such as time management, organization, prioritization, note-taking and other various skills related to studying for different kinds of exams.
Academic progress in each class is recorded in order to help each student-athlete achieve their best in their respective classes. Academic Coordinators develop weekly targeting reports. Approximately 125 student-athletes are involved with the targeting program every semester.
GradesFirst Progress Reports:
Twice each semester, the Athletics Study Center, in conjunction with University College, sends progress report requests to professors of all classes for student-athletes. These appraisals request a grade estimate and also provide room for comments on absences, student preparation and attitude in class. Each of these electronic forms is simultaneously returned to the Athletics Study Center staff, academic advisors and coaches. Noted problem areas are assessed in consultation between student-athletes, their coaches, Athletics Study Center staff and academic advisors, at which time suggestions, recommendations and a plan of action will be given as an intervention.
The Karin L. Bone Athletics Study Center offers a variety of services for our student-athletes and tutoring is a key component. Tutors typically meet with student-athletes on an individual basis as needed. However, study groups are often formed when student-athletes request tutors for the same class. Tutoring is available for a large array of classes. The Julia N. Visor Academic Center provides training and provision of tutors for many first and second year classes, while the Athletic Department hires additional tutors for upper-level classes.
Learning Disability Services
Any student-athlete with a history of a learning disability should communicate this with the Associate Athletic Director for Academic and Life Skills. It is preferable that the student-athlete share this information prior to the start of the fall semester, so arrangements can be made with the Office of Disability Concerns to begin the process of assisting, while determining appropriate accommodations. If a student-athlete or their family members think a student may have a learning disability, testing can be conducted on campus. The Athletics Study Center works closely with professors and the Office of Disability Concerns to help meet the academic needs of student athletes.
The NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs department provides life skills support in the areas of academics, athletics, personal development, career development and service through the distribution of accessible resources, strategic partnerships and customized programming at little or no expense to member institutions. Student-athlete affairs programs, resources and events are designed to promote the well-being and development of student-athletes.
The Karin L. Bone Athletics Study Center recently upgraded all computers to Intel Core i5 @ 3.2GHz Dell desktops during the summer of 2013. All lab computers are equipped with 300GB hard drives, 4GB of RAM and connected to the University network, which provides the student-athletes with all the same resources available on campus computers.