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Northwest Bearcats

Student-Athlete Success Program

For more than a decade, Northwest's student-athletes have had a higher cumulative grade-point average than the rest of the Northwest student body.

Much of that academic success is attributed to Northwest's nationally-renowned Student-Athlete Success Program (SASP). The goal of the program is to provide an environment in which student-athletes can experience their fullest potential, social and academic growth. The pervading philosophy of the SASP is success.

Each student is held accountable for his/her own academic performance. But the SASP works hard to provide the support needed for athletes to be successful students. The programs and services of the SASP are designed to keep student-athletes informed, to answer their questions and to prevent any potential problems.

The program will help make student-athletes aware of the vast variety of resources available to them and help them use those resources. This information will help the student-athlete make the important decisions regarding their personal, academic and career goals.

The following is a look at some of the resources available to student-athletes through the SASP:


All academic advising is provided through the individual college and academic departments.

Academic Progress

During each semester, the SASP surveys the professors of each student-athlete three times. In this grade check, the instructors are asked to comment on: the level of work the student is maintaining; the student's attendance and attentiveness; the need for tutorial help; and any general comments.

Each report is viewed by the SASP office. Students are called in on a regular basis to review the progress. If necessary, arrangements are made for additional support services.

Academic Recognition

The athletic department is proud of the success its student-athletes have on and off the field. Click here to see a list of student-athletes with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00.


The SASP provides individualized mentoring sessions for interested student-athletes. The goal is to help students avoid academic-related difficulties and to develop opportunities for improvement of skills, rather than merely avoiding academic crises. It also provides for more individual monitoring of the student's academic progress.

Career Development

One of the major goals of the SASP is to help students explore various majors and minors so they make make an informed decision regarding careers. The SASP uses a variety of tools to provide students with this information.

The "Major/Minor Finder" provides a fast, written means to help make the decisions that lead to the kind of work that will give students pride in achievement of his/her chosen career.

"TypeFocus" Careers ( brings it all together in a program designed to help you make good career choices.

  • Become more self-aware about your skills, strengths and the career options that would best fit with your unique personality type.
  • Learn how to successfully get the job through using helpful tools including a personalized interviewing guide, resume tips and networking advice.
  • Discover how to appreciate different personality types and effectively communicate with others.
  • Set education, career and life goals.

The Office of Career Services and the Counseling Center are both important departments which can help students prepare for their careers.