Academic Support Services
Student-Athlete Performance Overview
The Student-Athlete Performance component of Student-Athlete Support Services includes the areas of Academic Support, Sports Medicine and Strength and Conditioning. The staff members in these departments work together to provide services that maximize the opportunity for each student-athlete to prosper academically and athletically. Services are offered to ensure physical, mental and emotional well-being and individual programs are developed for student-athletes that request or require specific attention to needs in the areas of health, nutrition, performance enhancement, time management and academic success.
Medical and performance enhancement services are provided to Marquette University's student-athletes year-round in two facilities while academic support is provided year-round, six days per week in the Eagles Nest in the Al McGuire Center. While the emphasis in the departments that constitute the Studen-Athlete Performance component is on preparing each individual for success as a Marquette University student-athlete, it is also each department's goal to prepare the student-athlete for success following the completion of the their academic degree(s) and athletic career.
The Eagles Nest
The Eagles Nest is located on the second floor (Room 229) of the Al McGuire Center.
Academic Center aka Eagles Nest
The Athletics Department's Academic Center, The Eagles Nest, is on the second floor (Room 229) of the Al McGuire Center. Tutors are available in specific course areas based on the freshmen/sophomore curriculum. A schedule is posted each semester listing all tutors, subject, and the times they are available. Students should plan their time at Academic Center according to tutorial needs.
Student-athletes needing tutoring services in a subject for which a tutor is not posted should contact Eagles Nest staff to make appropriate arrangements. Help with upper division courses may require a formal request for a tutor. A tutor may be requested regardless of the grade the student-athlete presently has in the class. In fact, it is wise to get the help of a tutor before falling behind in a class. Generally, the student-athlete will meet with tutors in the Academic Center, but other arrangements may be made with staff approval.
Tutoring may also be arranged based on an instructor-oriented recommendation. At the fourth and eleventh week of the semester, reports are solicited from instructors to evaluate student-athlete progress in the classroom. When the instructor responses indicate a tutorial help would be beneficial, the student-athlete meets with office staff to make arrangements.
All first-year students are required to attend Academic Center during their initial semester for a minimum of three times per week. If the student-athlete achieves a 3.0 quality point average (GPA) after the first semester, attendance is no longer mandatory. During the sophomore year, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 is required to be released from study hall obligations. Upperclassmen will be assigned Academic Center hours on an individual basis. Individual coaches may develop more stringent team Academic Center policies than those described.
The Academic Center also provides writing assistance to student-athletes through the University's Writing Center. The hours of Writing Center assistance are posted on the tutoring schedule.
The study hall provides computers for use by student-athletes to write papers, complete lab assignments and finish other classroom-related activities. Laptop computers are available for use in the Academic Center through a sign-out system that requires a student I.D. All laptops must be checked back in before 10 p.m. Sign out of laptops, both in Academic Center and for road trips, can ONLY be done by Tom, Maureen or Adrienne.
No laptops will be allowed out of the Academic Center other than for travel connected to athletic competition!
All students are expected to turn off cell phones prior to entering the Eagles Nest. Food IS allowed, however this privilege will be terminated if there are problems keeping the Academic Center clean.