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The SASS staff, knowledgeable about NCAA and Big Ten regulations, consists of eight academic coordinators and three learning specialists. These staff members work proactively building academic profiles on each student-athlete to help uphold their rigorous academic and athletic schedules. They do this by assessing individual needs, gathering daily information on academic progress, providing academic assistance through a broad tutorial program, and assisting the development of learning strategies. Freshmen, transfer student-athletes, and those with learning disabilities receive extra attention while adjusting to their new routines in college.

With a nationally-recognized facility, the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center (the Smith Center), SASS offers a wide range of services including; academic counseling, computer labs with instruction, tutoring in all subject areas, career planning, community service opportunities, personal development workshops, assisting in monitoring athletic eligibility, providing priority registration, and making sure that athletes are advised about current NCAA, Big Ten and University rules and regulations. College is not easy, but with hard work and dedication from both the student-athlete and the support staff, the student-athlete can have a successful college experience.

Tutorial Program

The goal of the Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS) Tutorial Program is to provide efficient and effective tutorial services for Michigan State University (MSU) student-athletes. Tutors employed through SASS are qualified individuals who possess proven academic backgrounds, foster strong study habits and organization skills, helping them to provide academic guidance for student-athletes.

Learning and Retention Services

The goal of the Learning and Retention Services is to provide comprehensive services for Michigan State University (MSU) student-athletes. Learning and Retention Services provides a wide range of learning services including; learning strategy interventions, learning assistant programming, content-based tutorials, assistive technology, and structured study experiences.