Critical to the retention and graduation efforts of UNL student-athletes are various academic supervision programs. Athletic/academic counselors gather academic progress information and monitor UNL, Big Ten and NCAA academic rules and policies. In addition, a select group of student-athletes attend a supervised, flex-time study hall where they complete a specific number of study hours each week during Student Life Complex study hall hours. Study hall is usually comprised of student-athletes who are freshmen and transfers, but in some instances, upperclassmen are also involved. In addition to required study hall, some student-athletes are required to meet with an academic mentor. Academic counselors, assistant academic counselors and learning specialists serve as academic mentors. Academic mentors assist student-athletes with the development of time management, strategies and study skills. Academic counselors and coaches determine which study hall program meets the academic needs of the student-athlete based upon test scores, class rank, grade point average, probation status, present class schedule and past academic record. Weekly study hall reports are distributed by athletic/academic counselors to coaching staffs.
Grade cards are also used to monitor the academic progress of student-athletes. During the 3rd, 7th & 11th weeks of each semester, academic grade cards are sent to the professors of all student-athletes for each of their courses. Student-athletes sign a release form allowing professors to complete and return the grade reports to the Hewit Center staff, who subsequently reviews the information with the student-athlete and head coach. Professors typically comment on attendance, class participation and estimated grade.
Each student-athlete is also required to have their university academic advisor complete a Student-Athlete Advising Form. The Student-Athlete Advising Form is completed by the academic advisor and student-athlete to assist the student-athlete in completing the registration process for the upcoming semester. Information received from professors and advisors assists athletic/academic counselors in monitoring UNL policies, Big Ten and NCAA eligibility rules, and graduation progress.
Academic support staff review the progress toward graduation and NCAA progress-toward degree requirements for athletic eligibility on an ongoing basis. The Assistant Registrar for Athletic Certification is consulted regularly to review the eligibility certification of student-athletes.