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|SOUTHEASTERN’S ATHLETIC ADVISING SYSTEM WINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION
HAMMOND -- Southeastern
Louisiana University’s on-line student athlete progress reporting system
has been recognized as an outstanding innovation in the area of collegiate
academic advising by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
The university will be
awarded the organization’s Outstanding Advising Technology Innovation Certificate
of Merit for its Internet-based progress report for student athletes at
the annual NACADA national conference in Las Vegas in October.
is one of two advising technology innovations to be honored with the award
in nationwide competition this year. The nominations were judged on the
basis of content, interactivity, clarity and creativity.
Dean of Enrollment Management
Stephen Soutullo conceived the idea for the On-line Progress Report (OPR)
system as a way of easily and quickly identifying athletes having academic
“The previous process involved
distributing and collecting progress reports on paper, a cumbersome, time-consuming
and involved process,” Soutullo explained. “Often the student athletes
who were having academic problems would not be identified until it was
too late for our academic support staff to help them.”
Working with Southeastern’s
Career and Academic Planning Center – which provides the academic support
to all students, including athletes – and with technical support
from the university’s PeopleSoft programmers, the system was developed
to be a user-friendly resource for faculty and athletic staff.
“The system has greatly
streamlined the academic support system for student athletes,” said Dorothy
Burton Nelson, director of the Career and Academic Planning Center. “The
new system allows faculty to send progress reports quickly, easily, and
confidentially. Faculty participation has increased significantly, and
we expect this to result in positive changes in student performance. The
system has successfully integrated the efforts of faculty, counselors,
and coaches in providing our student athletes the academic support they
need to achieve their educational goals.”
"The Online Progress Reporting
System has definitely helped to improve the communication between our faculty
and the athletics department,” added Southeastern Athletic Director Frank
Pergolizzi. “ We are now able to receive academic information related to
our student-athletes quickly and accurately."
NACADA was organized in
1979 to promote quality academic advising and professional development
for its membership. The organization’s nearly 8,000 members include college
faculty, professional advisors, administrators, counselors and others focused
on the intellectual, personal and vocational needs of students.