Athletics Program Earns NCAA, AASP Grants

    ncaa grantThe NCAA has awarded Texas Southern University a grant to support academic programs that help student-athletes earn their degrees. Texas Southern received the Accelerated Academic Success Program Initiatives Grant (single year) worth $80,608.

    The grants help schools improve the academic success of their student-athletes.  The goal is to support the school’s efforts to meet the requirements of the Division I Academic Performance Program, which was developed to ensure schools provide an environment that supports education while enhancing the ability of student-athletes to earn a degree.

    “We are extremely excited to be one of the nine schools that received funds from the NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program,” says Ms. Adeanah Pooler, Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Enhancement. “This year one of the ways we will be utilizing the funds we received will be to continue the use of our part-time Learning Specialist. She has been a great asset to our department and has proven to be an integral part to the success of our freshman and student-athletes who need additional academic support. We will also be using the funds to hire tutors, a graduate assistant, provide literacy seminars, professional development for staff, and fund technology upgrades.  With the support of the AASP funds we will be able to maintain our high academic standards that we have set for our students and prepare them for life after graduation.”

    Schools eligible to apply for the program are non-FBS Division I schools in the bottom 10 percent of resources as determined by per capita institutional expenditures, athletics department funding and Pell Grant aid.

    The comprehensive grants will be distributed over a three-year period and used to fund increased academic support services staffing and space; technology upgrades (software and hardware); career planning; professional development; and increased availability of summer financial aid for student-athletes.

    The announced awards mark the third round of Accelerating Academic Success Program funding distributed by the NCAA.