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    Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes Holds Open House

    Jan. 24, 2013

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) hosted its annual Open House event on Thursday evening in the Case Academic Center. ASPSA strives to support the recruitment, retention and graduation of NC State student-athletes. 

    The event began with a panel discussion featuring various representatives from the NC State Athletic Department, including head coaches, administrators and student-athletes. Topics discussed varied from NCAA eligibility, academic advising for student-athletes and how to handle issues they face every day. 

    The panelists agreed that the most important skill that student-athletes must develop is time management, an important trait for all students. The strenuous travel in some sports requires that the students be proactive about assignments. 

    After the panel discussion, breakout sessions were held to provide attendees with more information about various topics. One of the topics widely discussed was the intercampus transfer policy between majors, after students decide on a major too quickly and wish to transfer to another major.  

    "I think the event went great. We had a great panel with some really experienced coaches," said Alison Ruff, assistant director of academic support and coordinator for the event. "I think the questions were relevant and showed what we face as a staff on a day-to-day basis. 

    "I think it's just affirmation that we're all on the same team - administrators, coaches, student-athletes and academic support," Ruff said. "I also think that it came out that the challenges at NC State that face student-athletes also face all students."

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