Eagle Flight Plan

To prepare student-athletes for the challenges of life beyond the arena of competition, Marquette University has developed The Eagle Flight Plan. The plan was created to insure that athletes, who tend to be a segregated group on campus, have opportunities to develop as a "whole person." It is Marquette's version of the NCAA Life Skills program and is based on the premise that the same qualities and skills necessary for a student-athlete to be successful in athletics can be applied to academic and postgraduate situations. The Plan was developed by Tom Ford and LaToya Ingram from the Department's Office of Academic Support and Student Programs.

The Eagle Flight Plan is designed to first help student-athletes bridge the gap between high school and college life. Programming in personal and academic development enhances student-athlete growth during their college years and helps them realize higher academic achievement along with a higher level of maturity and self-responsibility. The plan is also designed to connect college life to the world of work and to encourage students to make meaningful contributions to their communities.

The Eagle Flight Plan consists of four years of programming that include the following components:

  • 1. Adaptation to college academics, social development and personal health (freshman year).
  • 2. Leadership, social development and personal health and career development (sophomore and junior years).
  • 3. Career development and social development (senior year).

Adaptation to college academics begins upon the student's arrival on campus. It involves students meeting daily with staff and student mentors to learn essential collegiate study skills. Those skills include: time management, note taking, test taking, group preparation and computer skills. Later during the semester, the program focuses more on social development and personal health. The program includes student seminars on stress management, drug and alcohol education, sleep and nutrition.

Student seminars and workshops are combined with individual meetings with Ford and Ingram, who direct the program. Students meet with them at least four times per semester. All study skills efforts are reinforced through tutoring and study group efforts offered at the Athletic Department's study hall.

The second year of the program focuses on the leadership, social development and personal health of the student-athlete. Continuing seminars are offered on stress management and drug and alcohol education. Seminars introducing volunteer activities and community services are offered. The Eagle Flight Plan also offers a summer jobs program to students during this period.

The third year of the program continues to focus on social development and personal health by offering drug and alcohol education, volunteer activities, community service projects and leadership workshops. The third year also begins to prepare students for life beyond college with its focus on career development. Seminars on resume writing, job search techniques and a summer jobs program are offered.

The fourth year of the program focuses on post-graduate concerns: career development and social development. The program aids students in their search for a job or plans for continuing education. The program also helps students begin the process of coping with retirement from athletics.


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