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. 

1. Culture of Intercollegiate Athletics

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

2. Meeting the Needs of Student-Athletes

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.   

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

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.

Supplemental to this Education Plan, the SAKC wishes to highlight the presentations from our KC sponsored sessions at the 2016 NASPA Annual Conference: