The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Athletic Department is committed to enhancing the opportunities of academic, athletic, and personal success of every student-athlete. As part of UWM's commitment, partnerships exist between the academic and athletic communities on campus to give all student-athletes an opportunity to achieve academic success.
UWM's commitment to academic support has paid off. The Panthers have annually had a strong presence on the Horizon League Honor Roll and the department's cumulative grade-point average is better than a 3.0 for the 25th consecutive semester.
Academic Enhancement Center Links
ACADEMIC ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM STAFF
NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
Missed Class Policy (PDF)
UWM Student-Athlete Handbook (PDF)
Application to mentor or tutor in the Academic Enhancement Program (PDF)
Fall 2013 Certification Form (PDF)
ACADEMIC ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM STAFF
UWM has three full-time academic advisors who work exclusively with Panther student-athletes.
Kelly Diener, Assistant Athletic Director - Student Services (229-2257 // firstname.lastname@example.org)
-Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball, Tennis
Nicole McCoy, Academic Advisor (229-3904 // email@example.com)
-Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving, Men's and Women's Track, Field & Cross Country
Griffith Watson, Academic Advisor (229-7723 // firstname.lastname@example.org)
-Volleyball, Men's Basketball, Baseball
First Year Student-Athlete Support
All new student-athletes meet with their advisors on an individual basis to assess specific needs throughout their first semester at UWM. Freshman student-athletes are required to enroll in Ed Psy 101: Success in Academics and Athletics, a student-athlete only class that prepares them for their careers at UWM.
The Academic Enhancement Center, located in the Pavilion, provides student-athletes with a quiet place to study, meet with their advisors, and have access to computers and printing resources. Along with a computer lab, the center houses numerous study rooms. AEP Supervisors monitor the facility during evening and nighttime hours and are available to students as resources.
Student-athletes receive priority when registering for classes over the general student population. This benefit allows student-athletes to schedule their courses around practice, competition, and travel to avoid as many conflicts between school and athletic responsibilities as possible.
Freshman and transfer student-athletes are required to meet with their AEP advisor throughout the semester to monitor academic progress.
Progress reports to be filled out by instructors are issued to ALL student-athletes periodically through the semester.
All incoming freshmen student-athletes as well as continuing student-athletes with a grade point average below a 3.0 are required to participate in structured study hall. The structure varies based on the student-athletes' level of academic preparation and grade point average. Structured study hall is intended to create a productive work environment that prioritizes task completion and course progress.
Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction
Tutoring services are available primarily through the Panther Academic Support Services (PASS) and The UWM Writing Center. Student-athletes can make tutoring, writing center, and supplemental instruction appointments online or in person. Athletics academic advisors work closely with PASS and the Writing Center to ensure effective use of the resources.
Individual tutoring is available through the Academic Enhancement Program on an as needed basis for courses not tutored on campus or special circumstances.
Academic mentors are post-graduate and senior students that work with student-athletes on specific academic skills including reading, writing, organization, and time management. The mentors work one-on-one with the student-athletes and are expected to be leaders and role models for the student-athletes they work with.
Golden Panther Awards
The Golden Panther Awards is our annual all-sports banquet. Student-athletes and teams are recognized for their academic and athletic achievements. Student-athletes vote for the winners of several athletic awards including Student-Athlete of the Year, Record Breaking Performance, and Comeback of the Year. Senior student-athletes are honored by the Varsity Club, an alumni organization specifically for UWM student-athletes.
Individuals have been named All-American 10 times and Academic All-American three times. Milwaukee has had 13 Horizon League Athletes of the Year and 10 Academic All-Region honorees over the last four years.
UWM boasts a 95 percent job placement rate through the on-campus Career Development Center. Approximately 200 employers interview on-campus each year. Workshops are offered to assist student-athletes in planning their career paths. Numerous internships and job opportunities are available in the metro Milwaukee area, the business and economic center of Wisconsin.
Each February, Student-Athlete Affairs hosts Panther Career Day. A panel of former student-athletes and employers discuss strategies that student-athletes can use to maximize their job search potential and highlight their leadership qualities. Following the panel, student-athletes have the opportunity to talk with employers in more detail.
All UWM student-athletes have the opportunity to register with Career Athletes, an organization designed to assist student-athletes with networking and finding employment upon graduation.