Our Mission Statement
Student-Athlete Academic Services fosters independent learners who take ownership of their education and become vested contributors to the campus, the community and the world.
Student-Athlete Academic Services supports each student-athlete in fulfilling his or her full academic potential. We are committed to enhancing the individual’s experience, well-being and overall development.
Our fundamental purposes are to cultivate self-reliant learners, and to foster the holistic growth of each student-athlete.
We assist student-athletes in achieving their academic goals through individualized planning and leadership-development opportunities to transition them into successful professionals.
We encourage student-athlete collaboration with the institution and strive to have each become a vested steward of the global community.
First-Ever Student-Athlete Academic Services Program
The University of Washington developed the first-ever student-athlete academic service program in 1970 under the leadership of Gertrude Peoples. Every other program in the country was developed after that time and has used the University's program as a business model.
The UW's Academic Services assist student-athletes in the following areas:
• Transitioning to the university
• Designing quarterly schedules
• Setting goals for academic majors
• Planning for graduation
• Developing career interests
• Planning and coordinating tutoring
• Campus resources
• Teaching study skills (i.e. time-management, lecture note processing, active reading)
• Assessing academic strengths and weaknesses
• Developing individual education plans
• Evaluating the need for special academic accommodations
Unmatched Commitment To Our Student-Athletes
The University of Washington's Student-Athlete Academic Services employs 14 staff members and 85 tutors. All are specifically for student-athletes.
Academic Advisors help new student-athletes transition into UW and provide continued academic support services for all student-athletes throughout their time at the University. Advisors also work closely with departmental advisors and personnel in other support units such as the Career Center and Undergraduate Advising.
Academic Coordinators work with student-athletes to plan and coordinate the delivery of academic support services. Coordinators work one-on-one with their student-athletes to teach skills such as time-management, lecture note processing, active reading, academic writing, database researching, test preparation and test-taking strategies. Coordinators refer student-athletes to academic support services that exist on campus.
Learning Specialists help students assess academic strengths and weaknesses and develop individual education plans. Learning Specialists work directly with students on academic issues and perform preliminary diagnostic testing for students who feel they may have some form of learning difference.
All student-athletes, from full scholarship to walk-on students, are eligible, at no charge, to request tutoring for selected classes. Tutoring is often done in small groups of two to three students, but one-on-one tutorial support is also available. Tutors typically are graduate students or undergraduates who have demonstrated excellent academic skills.
The Ackerley Academic Center resides on the waterfront in Conibear Shellhouse. It is in the middle of all practice facilities and competition areas proving to be an ideal location for student-athletes.
The Ackerley Academic Center houses a computer lab, study rooms, tutoring rooms, printing services and wireless internet.
Ackerley Academic Center and Tutoring Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Hours vary on holiday weekends, between quarters and during the summer