Sept. 12, 2013
The University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has acquired an advance copy of the chapter of an upcoming book "The System" which covers various aspects of college athletics. A chapter related to Mizzou most prominently focuses on the experience of two former tutors in Mizzou's Total Person Program (TPP), and one former student-athlete, who was dismissed from the football program on September 1st, 2010.
Mizzou Athletics administration was not contacted by the book's authors, and we wanted to take this opportunity to provide some perspective on our website.
The allegations made toward the environment of our academic support program in this chapter were unfortunate. Although the authors isolate this small example from a much larger group which currently includes 520 student-athletes and approximately 150 tutors who do outstanding work in a professional and safe environment, we believe this was not and is not reflective of the culture of the academic program.
Following this 2010 issue, an independent review of MU's academic program was performed by the N4A (National Association of Athletic Academic Advisors) through its national certification program. While recommendations were made to further enhance our services, this review determined that our academic support services operate in a comprehensive and professional manner while providing a culture that is conducive to learning.
It is important to also know the academic program employs regular methods to monitor its integrity, effectiveness, and culture through annual tutor and student-athlete surveys, mandatory orientation sessions, on-going tutor training workshops, signed contracts discussing professionalism and academic integrity, weekly informational email communications sent to all tutors, and an annual review conducted by the Academic Affairs Sub-Committee of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee.
The Department of Athletics takes great pride in the academic performance of our 520 student-athletes. Our graduation success rates and Academic Progress Rates (APR) continue to be some of the highest at both the conference and national levels. Without question, the academic support services offered through the Total Person Program are a major contributor to this success and we are very appreciative of the dedication provided by the men and women who serve as members of our tutorial program.