Hours of Operation
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Athletic Academic Services Office (AASO) offers a variety of resources to help student-athletes learn as efficiently and effectively as possible. Our goal is to support all student-athletes as they adapt their study skills, test taking strategies and personal habits to the demands of a TCU education. We understand that the amount of material and the pace of the curriculum can present difficulties for many student-athletes, and our office is committed to working through those challenges. From orientation to graduation, the AASO has a number of valuable programs and opportunities that help student-athletes become life-long learners. We are forever striving to be the innovative leader in transformative education.
All student-athletes have a primary academic or faculty advisor in their respective colleges with whom they are required to meet with prior to registration each semester. The AASO serves as a secondary advisor by helping student-athletes navigate time conflicts, practice schedules and compliance with NCAA rules and regulations. This process promotes student-athlete engagement and encourages timely progress towards graduation. In addition, we function as a liaison between the Department of Intercollegiate Athletic, the Office of the Registrar, dean's offices, and department chairpersons during the registration process.
AASO academic advisors serve as "mentors" for student-athletes regarding the development of the academic skills necessary for classroom success. Through weekly or bi-weekly meetings, academic advisors discuss many elements of academic progress including, but not limited to, syllabi review, recent assignments, exams, presentations, and evaluations of study skills. We assist student-athletes in the creation of their own individualized education plan which focuses on goal setting, learning objectives, and differentiation of academic services.
The learning assistants reinforce the AASO's commitment to transformative education by helping student-athletes with learning strategies, organization, study skills and alignment of their academic priorities. This position is the highest tier of peer (graduate students) academic support offered by our office. Learning Assistants work with student-athletes identified as "academically at-risk" due to recent matriculation, lack of academic achievement, and/or learning differences. In most cases, Learning Assistants seek to model appropriate behavior for learning, provide customized instruction, and guide student-athletes through the learning process.
The learning specialist assists student-athletes and academic advisors in identifying possible learning differences, coordinating appropriate testing, acting as liaison with the Office of Disability Services and developing academic support plans based on individual strengths/needs. Additionally, the learning specialist coordinates several learning support programs including tutoring and learning assistants. Student-athletes with learning differences, ADD/ADHD, or other education impacting disabilities work closely with the learning specialist regarding accommodations, assistive technology, campus and community resources, and effective strategies to facilitate success. The learning specialist will also assist student-athletes in understanding applicable policies and procedures for individuals with diagnosed learning differences.
Monitoring Academic Progress
Through various forms of communication with professors and the greater campus community, the AASO monitors the grades and academic progress of student-athletes. By way of weekly academic meetings with the student-athletes' respective coaching staffs, we aim to promote academic accountability from all perspectives. Coaches are routinely informed of their student-athletes' academic progress. In addition, more detailed grade reports are furnished to coaches and their athletic administrators at mid-term and prior to final exams.
Consistent with the AASO vision statement, study hall promotes transformative education by developing consistent, appropriate and effective study habits. All study sessions take place in the Davis Learning Center or the Abe Martin Academic Enhancement Center. Study hall is structured time designed to aid student-athletes in their coursework by completing specific, yet measurable objectives during each session. During study hall, student-athletes work independently on objectives but may also use the time to meet with AASO staff, tutors, learning assistants and the learning specialist. The AASO has over 15,000 square feet in two different facilities and offers TCU student-athletes computer labs, study rooms, meeting spaces, and access to educational technology.
Tutorial support is designed to introduce, teach and reinforce concepts in any subject area. The AASO tutorial program focuses on addressing the individual needs of student-athletes by providing supplemental instruction in an environment where innovative teaching methods and ideas can be exchanged and discussed. The majority of the tutorial support staff consists of undergraduate and graduate students recommended by TCU faculty.
The AASO regards the teaching of writing as complex undertakings, and strives to equip student-athletes with a solid academic base. Writing Specialists are available to meet one-on-one with students-athletes to help with grammar, textual analysis, and critical thinking exercises in all academic disciplines.