The Academic Game Plan–the brainchild of both University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Athletics Director Darryl Sims and Faculty Athletic Representative and Political Science Department Chair Drucilla Scribner–will facilitate the integration of the academic and athletic missions of the University in support of the NCAA III philosophy.
“The Academic Game Plan gives us an opportunity to partner with faculty to work with our student-athletes individually and collectively with their respective programs,” Sims said. “This is an effort that we have embarking on for quite some time. We are now at a point where we have received faculty , student-athlete and coach support so we are really able to come together and see this vision take shape and go forward.”
The Academic Game Plan will strive to meet or exceed UWO general population GPA and graduation rates, while meeting or exceeding WIAC and NCAA Division III averages in academic performance. It also will engage faculty and staff in athletics and support and recognize the academic success of Titan student-athletes.
“The hope is to get more faculty involvement and to get our student-athletes spending more time with faculty. We want our student-athletes to have a great experience while they are here, get a great education and work collaboratively with our faculty,” Sims said.
Key components of Academic Game Plan include partnering for student academic success, coordinating academic and faculty support for students, and to recognize student-athlete academic achievement.
Five sports will participate in the Team Faculty Fellow Program of the Academic Game Plan in 2016-17: men’s swimming, wrestling, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball and women’s golf. The Team Faculty Fellow Program connects faculty fellows with coaches and students receiving support students as well as helps with goals and facilitation, serves as support person for the sport and identifies students-athletes for awards.
By the 2018-19 academic year all sports will be integrated into the Athletic Game Plan.
2016-17 Faculty Fellows:
- Men’s Swimming and Diving
- Stephen Kercher – History
- Lee Van Scyoc – Economics
- Dan Schmidt – Kinesiology
- Tish Crawford – English
- Crystal Mueller – English
- Women’s Tennis
- Becky Cleveland – Nursing
- Women’s Volleyball
- Heike Alberts – Geography
- Laura Carnahan – Geography
- Women’s Golf
- Jordan Karsten – Anthropology