The purpose of the SAKC is to create and advance knowledge in higher education specific to how partnerships among athletics, student affairs and other campus entities could enhance the well-being of all students, including student-athletes.

The SAKC seeks to empower student affairs professionals with knowledge about athletics and the unique needs of student-athletes to enhance cross-campus collaboration and the collegiate experience for all students.

Current: 2016-19 Strategic Plan

Archive: 2013-16 Strategic Plan

Consistent with this purpose, the SAKC shares the following list of general resources.  Please see the Education Plan for additional, topic specific resources.

  • NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program. A grant program to support research and data-driven pilot projects designed to enhance student-athlete psychosocial well-being and mental health.
  • NCAA Research. The NCAA research staff conducts national research for its members on a wide variety of topics.
  • NCAA Health and Safety. The NCAA partners with member schools, the Department of Defense and the public sector to conduct research, promote policies and develop educational materials that benefit the safety, excellence and wellness of all athletes.
  • NCAA Leadership Development. The NCAA offers education and training programs, such as the Student-Athlete Leadership Forum and Career in Sports Forum, which are designed to enhance the well-being and personal development of college athletes.

The SAKC is committed to supporting and implementing the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators through its research, presentations, and publications. 

Members are encouraged to draw upon the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies Rubrics as a helpful tool to gauge professional growth and foster further development.