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Faculty Partner Program University of Illinois Springfield




  • For faculty:
    • Provide faculty an opportunity for personal mentoring with student-athletes;
    • Develop an understanding of the demands placed on student-athletes to balance academics, athletics, and other activities;
    • Demonstrate to students and coaches that faculty are interested in student-athletes’ academic and personal well-being;
    • Develop an understanding on the demands placed on coaches
  • For student-athletes:
    • Have an opportunity to share with a faculty member what life as a student-athlete is like;
    • Have student-athletes’ hard work and sacrifice acknowledged by someone outside athletics;
    • Provide students with an opportunity to interact with faculty outside the classroom;
    • Learn about faculty member’s academic interest
  • For coaches:
    • Demonstrate coach’s philosophy of Life in the Balance and focus on coaches’ interest in student-athletes’ lives outside of athletics (e.g., in the classroom);
    • Develop an understanding of the barriers that athletic participation can pose for students’ academic success;
    • Demonstrate to faculty the demands required of coaches;
    • Interact with a greater number of faculty on campus
  • For all:
    • Enhance communication and increase common understanding of our different approaches, yet shared focus on the students’ success;
    • Increase student-athlete retention and graduation rates

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University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407



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