Mizzou's Total Person Program is dedicated each year to develop the
July 8, 2014COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 2013-14 Mizzou Athletics season brought a collection of unforgettable moments both on-and-off the competition floor. Athletic highlights included Mizzou football delivering an unforgettable 12-2 season and a victory at the 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, volleyball earning Mizzou's first ever SEC Championship after a perfect 34-0 regular season and softball hosting an NCAA Regional for the sixth-straight year.
Not to be undone by the incredible athletics success by Mizzou student-athletes was their accolades in the classroom. The Total Person Program (TPP) at Mizzou is dedicated each year to develop the "total student-athlete". Through the program's services, Mizzou student-athletes receive top quality assistance to ensure their success.
Services from the TPP include tutorial assistance, mentoring, an enhanced learning program, study skills development, progress monitoring, special assistance for individuals with learning disabilities, and career planning.
Associate Athletic Director of Academic Services, Tami Chievous, oversaw Mizzou's TPP program throughout the past academic year. With the help of Chievous' TPP staff and dedicated Mizzou Athletics student-athletes, the academic success reached un-charted territory in 2013-14.
"The achievements that our student-athletes accomplished last year reach beyond their athletic ability, as our commitment at Mizzou to developing the `total person' carries over into the classroom, community and life after Mizzou," said Chievous. "The academic success that our program has attained is a major pride point for our institution. This success has become even more visible because we have reached these accomplishments with the highest level of class and integrity. The amount of time our student-athletes gave back to the community is unprecedented as well and is an area that is highly encouraged by all our coaches and administrators."
With guidance from Associate Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Development, Kim Lambert, the TPP spent over 600 hours aiding student-athletes in the career center with assessments, resumes, mock interviews, personal branding, and career coaching sessions. Also, Mizzou student athletes spent over 4,300 hours volunteering with over 55 different organizations in Columbia and the surrounding communities.
When the last academic year at the University of Missouri came to a close, a total of 106 combined Mizzou student-athletes walked across the stage during fall and spring graduation ceremonies. In fact, Mizzou finished third in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with an 84-percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR), which marked a record performance for the Tigers.
With the help of these recent graduates, Mizzou Athletics programs enjoyed unparalleled success over the two semesters. During the fall and spring semesters, 10 programs each recorded team GPAs over 3.00. Furthermore, men's golf, women's golf, gymnastics, soccer, women's swimming & diving, tennis, women's track & field, women's cross country, and volleyball all exceeded the team 3.00 GPA mark in both semesters.
Mizzou volleyball, women's track, women's cross country, women's basketball, and women's swimming & diving also accomplished record team GPAs throughout the academic year. If you go deeper into the team's record breaking performances across Mizzou Athletics, you will find 259 student-athletes recording a 3.00 or higher GPA in the fall and 237 student-athletes exceeding the benchmark in the spring semester.
With the outstanding work being done inside the classrooms at the University of Missouri, it was hard for the SEC not to notice. Over the course of each year, the SEC awards members to their fall, winter, spring, and first-year (freshmen) honor rolls. For the 2013-14 calendar year, Mizzou Athletics racked up an all-time record of 241 student-athletes to receive SEC Honor Roll recognition.
Among the 14 schools inside the SEC, Mizzou finished second overall with five sports programs leading the conference in Academic Progress Rate (APR). The top Tigers APR programs included Mizzou baseball, football, men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving, and wrestling.
Not only did the athletics programs at Mizzou garner recognition from this past year, but an array of Tigers student-athletes also picked up major national awards. Leading the accolades were Mackenzie McGill from gymnastics and Michael Sam from football.
This past May, McGill received the SEC Female Brad Davis Community Service Leader of the Year Award. For her outstanding work in the community, McGill earned a $10,000 postgraduate scholarship at an SEC ceremony in Destin, Fla. At the 2014 ESPYS in Los Angeles, Calif., Sam joined past winners such as Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King and Nelson Mandela to win the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
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