Quiet, monitored study is held for two hours each evening, Sunday through Thursday night, and 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Student-athletes also have exclusive use of a computer lab from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday. This service is available to all student-athletes, though those with a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 and below are required by the department to attend. All incoming freshman and transfer students are also required to attend for a minimum of 4 hours per week.
Tutors are available during evening study table hours for Math, Science, English, and Business Core Courses. In addition, there are a variety of tutors available by appointment. Tutoring services are free of charge to Saluki student-athletes.
Student-athletes regularly meet with the academic coordinators for advisement and guidance in terms of their collegiate academic program and progress towards a degree. Saluki student-athletes also receive priority advisement and registration within their SIUC academic unit or major.
Academic performance is monitored both formally and informally by the academic coordinators. Twice each semester, progress report slips are sent to instructors of each student-athlete's courses. Instructors return the slips to the Academic Coordinators Office with information about attendance, participation, grades and general comments. Coaches receive a copy of the slips and meet with student-athletes to discuss their academic progress.
Members of the Academic Coordinators Office staff meet with individual student-athletes on a variety of academic, athletic, career and personal issues. Time is also spent helping individuals improve time management, study skills, and assignment preparation. When necessary and appropriate, student-athletes are referred to specialized resources and services, both on and off-campus.
Student-athletes are encouraged to participate in the Saluki "Extend A Paw" program - a program designed to provide community service opportunities in the greater Carbondale area. Projects include working at Special Olympics, reading books to children, conducting food drives for the Women's Shelter, Secret Santa for foster children, and escorting children to Saluki athletic contests. Volunteer placements are arranged by the academic coordinators office.
Student-athletes receive assistance in resume and cover letter writing and interviewing techniques. In addition, the academic coordinators work with University Career Services to provide guidance to graduating seniors.
The academic resource room is equipped with IBM-compatible computers loaded with the latest educational software, including Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access, and Publisher. Student-athletes can also research Morris Library or search the World Wide Web through an Internet connection. Laptop computers are also available for student-athletes to check out when away from campus for competition.