Education Plan

The Student-Athlete Knowledge Community has created this resource collection to aid student affairs professionals in understanding the unique culture of intercollegiate athletics and the unique needs of student-athletes. It is also serves as a hub for scholarship in three focus areas: Understanding athletic culture, supporting student-athlete development, and athletics and student affairs collaborations. 


Student Affairs professionals shall pursue an understanding of the impact on student-athletes of athletics time demands, physical injury, rules compliance, team or department rules, and the work hard/play hard culture of athletics. 

Culture of Athletics Overview 

Culture of Athletics Annotated Bibliography


Student Affairs Professionals shall recognize that student-athletes face a number of complex challenges and demands, which are similar to stresses that the general student population faces, yet are compounded by the pressures that accompany participation in a competitive sport. In 2014 and 2015, the SAKC leadership team reviewed literature and conducted a survey about the topical interests and priorities of SAKC members. Participants were also polled at the 2015 NASPA Annual Conference for ideas. Below are resources for the identified priority areas:

Needs of Student-Athletes Annotated Bibilography

3. Athletics and Student Affairs Collaboration

Student Affairs and athletics professionals shall collaborate to prepare student-athletes for life after sport and to enahnce campus and community engagement. Student Affairs Professionals shall consider how to program for student-athletes within the structure of campus-wide programming.

Model Structure for Student-Athlete Development

How to Program for Student-Athletes


Upcoming opportunities for presentations and/or publications through the SAKC

Contact Information
For more information or to submit your scholarship to the resource library contact:
Dr. Markesha McWilliams Henderson
University of West Georgia
SAKC Faculty Liaison

NASPA’s Online Learning Community is your home for professional development resources from NASPA. Over time, this community will not only offer online learning that’s only a click away, it will also include short courses, certificate programs, collaborative space, and online components of our popular face-to-face events. The Student-Athlete KC is excited to engage with our members via the Online Learning Community, and will use it as but one medium to activate our Education Plan.