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.
1. UNDERSTANDING ATHLETIC CULTURE
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.
2. SUPPORTING STUDENT-ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT
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:
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.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Upcoming opportunities for presentations and/or publications through the SAKC
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.