The Collegiate Athlete at Risk

Strategies for Academic Support and Success

Edited by:
Morris R. Council III, University of West Georgia
Samuel R Hodge, The Ohio State University
Robert A. Bennett III, Denison University

Published 2018

There are numerous books documenting the challenges of student athletes and presenting recommendations for academic success. They primarily focus on understanding the issues of student-athletes and recommendations are oftentimes overly simplistic, failing to explicitly provide interventions that can be executed by student-athlete support personnel. In addition, the topic of supporting student-athletes who are academically at risk and/or are diagnosed with high incidence disabilities has been overlooked by scholars resulting in few publications specifically focusing on providing strategies to the staff/personnel who serve these populations. The general target audience is college/university practitioners who interface with student-athletes who demonstrate academic and social risk in the realm of athletics.

These stakeholders include but are not limited to: academic support staff, student athletes, parents, coaches, faculty/educators, counselors, psychologists, higher education administrators, student affairs professionals, disability services coordinators/personnel, as well as researchers who focus on education leadership, sports, and special education. All of these groups are likely to find this book attractive especially as they work with student-athletes who are at-risk for academic failure. Also, it is ventured that this book will become the staple text for the National Association of Academic Advisors (N4A), the official organization for all personnel who work in collegiate academic support and can be used by members of intercollegiate athletic associations to reform policies in place to support at-risk student-athletes.

Introduction and Overview, Samuel R. Hodge, Robert A. Bennett III, and Morris R. Council III. Identifying and Transitioning Student-Athletes With Risk Labels and High Incidence Disabilities, Susie C. Bruhin and Lori S. Robinson. Current Models of Student-Athlete Academic Support Services, Robert A. Bennett III and Stephon Fuqua. Developing Effective Self-Advocacy Skills in Student-Athletes With Disabilities, Morris R. Council III and Ralph Gardner III. Measuring Academic Success: How the Standardization of Evaluating Academic Achievement Leaves Students At-Risk Behind, Emily M. Newell and Morris R. Council III. Motivating Student-Athletes for Academic Success, Joy Gaston Gayles, Robert Lang, and Ezinne Ofoegbu. Response to Intervention (RtI) as a Framework for Innovation, Morris R. Council III and Mary R. Sawyer. Staying Engaged: Faculty Mentoring Student-Athletes, Darren D. Kelly and Robert A. Bennet. Contents. Epilogue. About the Authors.