The purpose of this section of the Administrative Manual is to offer easy reference to policies and procedures that affect the day-to-day operation of Academic Affairs. This section is intended primarily for use by Deans and department heads but faculty staff and other administrators may also find it helpful.
The Academy believes that sport is both an academic discipline and an industry. As such students need to learn the theory of the discipline and the application of that theory to the industry to prepare for their chosen careers. As an academic discipline sport has both a discernible and distinct body of knowledge in higher education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Academy provides a strong theoretical body of knowledge for its students. In addition the Academy recognizes that the students must be able to apply the theory successfully in the industry. Hence the Academy also emphasizes experiential learning in the classroom and field study called mentorships where students working with leaders in the industry apply the theory to provide practical solutions to problems.
The Academy was formed to be a resource for sport education programs on a worldwide basis. The Academic Affairs division holds to this vision specifically through instruction using traditional and computer mediated learning programs through research activity among its faculty and students to support sports instruction and through the creation of a scholarly body of students and faculty involved in service to the sports community while demonstrating the integrity readily found and encouraged in such bodies.
1. To introduce students to the principles and methods of applied research in the area of sport by providing instruction and supervised practice in: a. Analyzing existing research. b. Formulating a research problem and plan integrating knowledge and experience with existing concepts. c. Collecting analyzing and synthesizing data. 2. Improving the ability of students to understand and integrate theoretical information into practice by: a. Recognizing issues and trends in sport. b. Displaying necessary knowledge and skills in program management. c. Providing organizational development assistance in sport-related programs. d. Engaging in self-directed study critical thinking and problem solving. 3. Increasing the awareness of students of the need for a personal philosophy and ethical principles related to sport by: a. Increasing knowledge of the sociological historical political and philosophical aspects of sport. b. Knowledge of current sport literature. c. Understanding human behavior with respect to sport. d. Applying ethical principles in practical situations. 4. Assisting students in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the areas of Recreation Coaching Management Sports Medicine Fitness Management and Sports Studies or a combination of these areas.
The specific goals of the upper-division undergraduate program were conceived with the mission of the Academy in mind and are distinct from those developed for the graduate program. The goals and objectives in the individual courses for both majors are written to these specific program goals which are designed to introduce students to the theory principles and methods used in sport science by providing instruction and supervised practice i.e. 1. To require students to read and analyze existing texts and journals to gain knowledge of the principles and methods governing the practices in the profession of sport. 2. To provide class work on the theory and practice of the sport disciplines to produce educated individuals who can: a. Think independently. b. Articulate clearly their ideas orally and in writing. c. Discuss with conviction issues of significance in their chosen discipline. d. Exhibit an expanded view or vision of the sport discipline of their major specifically and sport in general. e. Understand an expanded view on sport and its role in society on a national and international basis. 3. To provide class work which shows students how to take theoretical information and put it into practice by: a. Reviewing issues and trends in the world of sport and making appropriate application of the knowledge in creating solutions. b. Gaining knowledge of the theory of sport in order to apply it correctly to the right situation at the right time. c. Demonstrating the appropriate skill sets to work in the profession of sport at various levels from amateur through professional. d. Engaging in self-directed study critical thinking critical incidence reporting and problem solving specifically in sport and in the world in general. 4. To increase the student?s awareness of the need for a personal philosophy and the use of ethical principles related to a chosen profession and life in general by: a. Reading information on the philosophical sociological psychological and historical aspect of the sport profession in the United States. b. Gaining knowledge of current sport literature its origins deviations and expressions in a contemporary world. c. Gaining knowledge of ethical principles and how these can be applied in the world of sport and life in general. 5. To provide materials necessary for students to gain the knowledge skill sets and practical abilities to succeed in the discipline of the sport major being studied. 6. To provide a practical experience in the area of sport discipline where a student can fully test the knowledge and sets of skills acquired in real life experience under a qualified mentor.
According to SACS guidelines the institution is required to appoint one member of the faculty and staff to serve as the Academy?s Liaison to SACS. SACS in turn appoints a SACS Institutional Liaison (typically an Associate Executive Director) as the communicative link to the Academy. Their policy in this respect has been promulgated as a matter of course by SACS to prevent their staff from being inundated with statements and requests from all quarters. The Chief Executive Officer will appoint the Academy Liaison to SACS in writing and so advise the SACS Institutional Liaison of said appointment. The Academy Liaison will coordinate all reporting functions and insure the timely submission of all required documents and otherwise serve as the point of contact within the institution with SACS. The only Academy employees authorized to communicate with SACS are the Chief Executive Officer a designee (if any) and the Academy Liaison to SACS. Any other employee who initiates or submits communications to SACS outside of those so authorized will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
The Academy is also licensed by the Alabama Department of Education to grant the Bachelor of Sports Science the Master of Sports Science and the Doctor of Sports Management Degree. Students seeking teaching certification in states other than Alabama should check with their local school district administration and State Department of Education. See the Academic Affairs section of the academic catalogs for more information.
Copies of the approved project including the abstract will be submitted to ProQuest/UMI to be published and microfilmed. The student is charged a fee for this process. If the student desires ProQuest/UMI to register a copyright an additional fee must be paid. Publication of the applied dissertation project in part or in whole is encouraged.
For a student possessing a baccalaureate degree interested in pursuing a doctorate the Academy offers an accelerated Doctor of Sports Management program. Admission into the program is based upon the criteria for admission into the Master of Sports Science (M.S.S.) degree with a major in sports management program. In the accelerated Doctor of Sports Management program the student first completes the M.S.S. core (nine semester hours) and the major courses in sports management (15 Semester Hours) but does not have to do the nine-semester hour mentorship or thesis. Providing the student has a 3.40 cumulative GPA upon completion of these 24 semester hours of credit plus a score of 80% or higher on the first attempt of the M.S.S. comprehensive examinations the student can immediately begin the Doctor of Sports Management (D.S.M.) program. To receive the D.S.M. degree the student is required to complete all 60-semester hours of the D.S.M. program plus pass the doctoral written and oral comprehensive examinations and successfully complete and defend an applied dissertation project. The total number of credits required in the accelerated Doctor of Sports Management program is 84 semester hours. The per-credit tuition for 500 level courses is the amount charged for master?s degree instruction. The tuition for 600 and 700 level courses is charged at the doctoral credit cost. If a student does not meet the required GPA or comprehensive examination score or decides not to continue into the D.S.M. program he/she will receive a M.S.S. degree in sports management upon completion of a M.S.S. mentorship or thesis (nine semester hours).
Although the Doctor of Sports Management degree represents the attainment of independent and comprehensive scholarship in the field of sport rather than the earning of a specific amount of credit the Academy requires the doctoral student complete 60 semester hours of work beyond the master?s degree. Included in the 60 semester hours are six semester hours of doctoral research project credit and six semester hours of mentorship credit. All students will be required to take the following core courses. General Sports Management Core 1. SAB 768 Psychology of Human Behavior (3 sem. hrs) 2. SAM 660 Financial Aspects of Sports (3 sem. hrs.) 3. SAM 730 Sports Leadership Principles (3 sem. hrs.) 4. SAM 734 Ethics in Sports (3 sem. hrs) 5. SAM 786 Legal Aspects of Sports (3 sem. hrs) 6. SPT 798 Mentorship (6 sem. hrs) Research Core 1. SAB 700 Current Literature in Sports (3 sem. hrs) 2. SAR 674 Research Statistics in Sports (3 sem. hrs) 3. SAR 776 Research II: Advanced Methods (3 sem. hrs) 4. SPT 799 Applied Dissertation Project (6 sem. hrs) See the Academy Doctor of Sports Management Program of Study for more information.
Each doctoral student is to complete six to twelve semester hours of graduate course work in the foundational area related to his/her area of specialization. This graduate-level course work is to be successfully completed (with a grade of B or above) at a regionally accredited college/university. Cognate courses must be pre-approved by the Director of Doctoral Studies before a student registers for the courses unless the student has already taken the classes at another regionally accredited university. In the latter case the subcommittee on petitions must approve transfer credit. Failing approval for transfer students may be required to take additional cognate courses. All cognate course work must fit under the doctoral degree Statute of Limitations of seven years even if the courses are transferred in from another regionally accredited college or university before beginning matriculation at the Academy.
The 60-semester hour curriculum includes the required core courses and specialization courses previously cited and four elective courses (12 semester hours) selected from a list of thirteen. If a student has taken a 600 level course at the master?s level to fulfill Master?s degree requirements that same course cannot be used at the doctorate level to fulfill the doctoral degree requirements.
The United States Sports Academy offers a Master of Sports Science (M.S.S.) degree with majors in sports coaching sports management sports studies sports medicine and sports fitness. The M.S.S. degree program consists of 33 semester hours. A dual major is also available by combining two majors. The curriculum is designed to enable recent college graduates working professionals and sports enthusiasts to achieve personal educational and professional objectives in a sport specific environment. Each program is flexible and provides meaningful educational and technical preparation. An integral part of each master?s program is the thesis/mentorship/non-thesis additional course option. Students may depending on degree program requirements choose one or the three options. The thesis option allows students to pursue research activity in preparation for more advanced study. The mentorship is a practical field experience by which students engage in hands-on sport related activities in the sport industry. The additional course option allows degree completion by completing three additional courses selected from the discipline and with the approval of an academic advisor from the offerings of the Academy.
Doctoral students are required to be in residence for three events: (1) the doctoral written and oral comprehensive examinations (2) the oral applied dissertation proposal defense and (3) the final oral defense for the applied dissertation project.
A three-year tentative residential doctoral course rotation schedule showing when courses will be offered on the Daphne campus over the next three years will be developed by the Director of Doctoral Studies. By following this schedule and completing the classroom work and completing other course requirements in a timely manner a student may complete his/her D.S.M. coursework in three summers and three mini-sessions (exclusive of mentorship cognate hours and dissertation hours) which would be completed in the fall and spring semesters.
The Academy will attempt to offer course work through a variety of delivery options to best meet student needs. These options may be combined in some cases to provide maximum flexibility. The master?s degree may be taken entirely online. The Doctoral Program has a residency requirement whereby Doctoral students are required to be in residence for three events: (1) the doctoral written and oral comprehensive examinations (2) the oral applied dissertation proposal defense and (3) the final oral defense for the applied dissertation project.
Under the guidance of on-campus faculty members students study in a traditional classroom setting. Resident study allows a student to combine classroom instruction with practical work or applied research providing the flexibility to meet the specific needs of the individual.
The weekend college concept permits students go to regional sites for 12 hours of instruction by an Academy Faculty member with face-to-face communications. There will be four weekend sessions per semester distributed over the four months to meet the student?s needs. Weekend College dates and times will be announced as planned in the Academic Update.
The mini-sessions last two weeks and cover 11 days of four-hour instruction each day. Mini-sessions may be available to students in regular and summer sessions. Mini-Session dates and times will be announced as planned in the Academic Update.
The Academy Tutorial Plan (ATP) is available to resident students as an alternative to regular classroom instruction. This plan allows the students to complete courses under the supervision of resident faculty members. An ATP agreement is made between a faculty member and student regarding course objectives learning activities course assignments the research paper and examinations. Additionally the student agrees to complete the course requirements as assigned by the tutorial professor by the end of the semester.
Directed individualized study may be taken as electives towards the Masters of Sport Science and Doctor of Sports Management degrees. Course work of this nature is under the direct supervision of a doctorally prepared faculty member and must conform to all the rules governing such study. No more than three semester hours of directed individualized study may be taken in any one semester and no more than six semester hours can be applied to a degree. Directed individualized study offers the student another opportunity to do research on topics or issues of concern in the industry.
Distance learning offers the student the opportunity to earn credits toward a master?s or doctoral degree through a combination of independent and practical study. Distance learning students are able to complete master?s degrees at home or work without having to travel to the campus except for thesis and exit interviews. Doctoral students may complete doctoral course work through the distance learning option. Distance learning at the Academy is computer mediated and asynchronous. This means that the professor and student do not have to be in simultaneous contact with each other for learning to take place or assignments to be completed. For most courses distance learning students at the Academy receive a log on and password for the electronic web-based courses and the required textbook(s) for each course. Each student is assigned a professor for each course. At least three contacts with the assigned professor are required as well as the completion of written assignments participation in threaded discussions quizzes a course paper in the student?s area of interest and a final examination. The Academy library and its extensive reference data base system can be accessed through the Academy website. Please note there are specific time limits (16 weeks* plus extensions) that apply to completion of distance learning courses. (*Note: The actual course is 15 weeks with an extra week built in for shipping and handling of materials.)
Depending upon the major masters students are afforded the opportunity to select an experiential track non-thesis track (class only) or a research track as the culminating experience in the master?s degree program. The experiential track is a practical or ?learning by doing? approach called a Mentorship. The non-thesis track has only additional elective classes without a practical or research component. The research track requires the development and defense of a research-based thesis. At the doctoral level a student is required to take both a practical or ?learning by doing? approach called a Mentorship; and the development and defense of a research based study called the applied dissertation project.
The Mentorship enables the student to get in-depth training under the direct supervision of a leader in the student?s chosen field. Depending upon the major master?s students may elect to complete a nine-hour mentorship with 450 contact hours as part of their degree requirements. Doctoral students must complete a six-hour Mentorship with 300 contact hours. Before starting a Mentorship field experience a master?s student must complete at least 12 hours including the designated core courses with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average. Doctoral students must have completed five (5) core classes or fifteen (15) semester hours and one semester of residency with a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average before being eligible to register for mentorship. The student is responsible for the selection of the mentor and Mentorship site within Mentorship guidelines and is thus able to determine the type of experiential training he/she would like to receive. The normal length of a Mentorship is no more than 12 months. If a student requires more time to finish the mentorship then he/she must apply for an extension. Each extension is 30 days in length of time and costs $50 per extension. All students are limited to two extensions. The faculty recommends that students complete all course work before enrolling in any Mentorship field experience hours. Students who have not maintained a cumulative 3.0 Grade Point Average(GPA) will not be allowed to register for a Mentorship. Students must purchase the Academy Mentorship Handbook and complete the Mentorship orientation which is offered on-campus for resident students and via the World Wide Web for distance learning students. No contact hours may be accrued until an official Mentorship Contract has been notarized and the student has officially registered for the SPT 598 or SPT 798 Mentorship course. Each student is required to sign a three-party Mentorship contract. The parties involved include the student the mentor organization and the Academy. Once the contract is fully executed registration for Mentorship can occur on any workday throughout the semester. Students should have their own liability insurance. Mentorship study provides many opportunities for valuable practical learning experiences since the student can select within the established guidelines both the site and the type of experience desired. To insure quality experiences established guidelines require that the duties and responsibilities for the Mentorship be completely apart and different from the student?s regular workplace. It is also recommended that the mentorship site be at a location outside the regular workplace. The mentor cannot under any circumstance be the student?s regular immediate supervisor. A terminal degree is preferred for a mentor supervising a student although consideration will be given to a potential mentor who has the appropriate educational background and/or experience and is able to demonstrate a record of contribution to the profession. All Mentorships are subject to review and approval by the Dean of Academic Affairs.
As an alternative to a nine-semester hour Mentorship or the non-thesis option a Master of Sports Science Sports Management Sports Coaching or Sports Studies student may choose to do a six-hour thesis SPT599 plus 1 course SAR 575 three credit hours. A thesis is an original piece of student research. The thesis manuscript may vary in length depending upon the topic being researched. A faculty thesis committee consisting of a chair and one member from the faculty supervises each thesis student. Two (2) oral defenses of approximately 90 minutes in length must be scheduled and performed on the Daphne Alabama campus. The first defense is the thesis proposal defense which is a presentation covering the first three chapters of the thesis manuscript. These chapters include an introduction review of literature and methodology. Once the thesis proposal defense has been approved the thesis student is granted permission to carry out a data collection including human subjects. Under no circumstances may a data collection be conducted prior to the thesis proposal defense. The second defense is an oral presentation covering the entire thesis experience with a presentation of research findings. Special emphasis on the results and the summary and conclusions chapters is made during this defense. All thesis manuscripts once successfully completed are sent to University Microfilms Inc. (UMI) for professional binding. Students who will be pursuing doctoral work at the Academy or elsewhere should seriously consider choosing the thesis option. All thesis hours are graded as Pass or Fail.
As an alternative to the practical or research track the non-thesis track offers the student the opportunity to take only classes. Students opting for this track will take eleven courses instead of eight courses and will select electives in conjunction with an advisor to complete the degree.
The Bachelor of Sports Science curriculum was developed by the United States Sports Academy faculty and is sport specific in keeping with the special mission of the institution. Students gaining admission to the program will be expected to accumulate at least 60 semester credit-hours beyond the associate degree. The course descriptions for the curriculum appear in Section 4.7 of this catalog. Admitted students must follow the prescribed progression in their majors. Students will be required to begin courses of study with the Academy in the core courses. Once students have finished the core courses successfully they will work with advisors to set up a Program of Study to complete all the required and elective courses in their program. After successful completion of the core required and elective courses in the proper sequence with a 2.0 or better cumulative grade point average (GPA) students consent with their academic advisor to plan their culminating experience. The culminating experience in the bachelor?s degree program is an experiential educational component referred to as a mentorship. The mentorship consists of 300 hours of study in the field of sport and is supervised by a mentor selected by the student. The mentorship is based upon specific learning goals and objectives established collaboratively by the student the Academy and the mentor. The mentorship requires monthly reports a final evaluation by the mentor and a 5 000 word paper by the student describing how goals and objectives were or were not achieved and why. The mentorship grade is based on three components and is weighted as follows: 1. An exit interview done between the student and an Academy advisor is worth 5%; 2. A 5 000-word paper written by the student and graded by the student?s Academy advisor assessing the attainment of the expected goals and objectives is worth 15%; and 3. A final evaluation form completed by the mentor is worth 85%.
A student must take elective courses in his/her major area and have his/her choices approved by an advisor before registering for an elective.
Credits at the 600 level earned by a M.S.S. student will count only as elective credits in the master?s program. A M.S.S. student may take 600 level classes after the completion of the core courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher. Master?s students may choose any 600 level course in their majors as electives provided they pay the doctoral tuition rate. Master?s students should also note that any 600 level course used at the Master?s level cannot be used at the doctoral level. Doctoral students will be expected to complete additional assignments above what is required for the master?s degree students in any 600 level courses. In order for these credits to count in the D.S.M. program at the Academy the student must have completed all the doctoral course requirements for a 600 level course and must have paid the doctoral per credit tuition at the time of registration for the course.
The Bachelor of Sports Science degree is taken as an entirely online program.
Distance-learning offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor?s degree course credit through online computer-mediated and asynchronous courses. This means that the professor and students do not have to be in simultaneous contact with each other for learning to take place or assignments to be completed. For most online courses distance-learning students at the Academy receive a log-on and password for the electronic web-based aspect of the course. They also receive the required textbook(s) for each course. Each student is assigned a professor for each course. Every course includes a completion of written assignments participation in threaded discussions quizzes and a final examination. The Academy Library and its extensive reference data base system can be accessed through the Academy website. There are specific time limits (16 weeks plus extensions) that apply to completion of distance-learning courses. Those 16 weeks include one week built into the course time for shipping and handling of materials.
The curriculum in sports management is designed to give the student a broad-based knowledge of the unique management fundamentals associated with organized sport on the interscholastic intercollegiate Olympic professional and manufacturing levels. The curriculum will allow students to be competent managers in a sport organization. The curriculum provides students with a broad understanding of the sport industry through a mixture of core required elective and experiential components. The curriculum for sports management has four core courses nine required courses five elective courses and a required mentorship. These groups of courses must be taken in a certain sequence beginning with the core courses; followed by the required courses and electives.
The sports coaching major is designed to prepare students to enter the coaching profession. Since coaches often are required to do multiple tasks at the same time the course work covers ethics medicine psychological administrative and management functions as well as the ?skills and drills? that are relevant to all coaching assignments. The program is designed to produce the highest quality coaching possible by offering the student all relevant aspects of a very demanding profession. The sports coaching major consists of four core courses that must be taken first in the sequence. The nine required courses cannot be taken until the core courses are finished. The five electives may be taken at any time following the completion of the core courses and consists of three general topic courses (e.g. SAM or SAB course designators) and two sports specific sports coaching science courses (with an SCS course designator) that can be taken in conjunction with the mentorship if the student so desires. The mentorship that is the culminating experience for the student is required and has already been described.
The sports studies curriculum is designed to give students the opportunity to build areas of concentration that meet specific needs. The curriculum for sports studies has four core courses 14 elective courses and a mentorship as the culminating experience. These groups must be taken in a sequence beginning with the core courses (all hours listed are semester-hours): SAB 334 Ethics in Sports (3 hours) SAB 361 Contemporary Issues in Sports (3 hours) SAM 340 Organization and Management in Sports (3 hours) SAM 400 Leadership Principles in Sports (3 hours)
The Academic area is governed by certain rules policies and procedures as required by institutional government and regional accrediting regulations.
The United States Sports Academy is committed to the perpetuation of an environment conducive to learning an atmosphere in which faculty and students engage in intellectual exchanges in an unabridged manner. Faculty members are expected to pursue and obtain contemporary information as it relates to the Academy?s curriculum for dissemination to students in an unfettered and free environment. Freedom carries certain responsibilities and faculty members are expected to accept these in carrying out their assignment. At all times faculty should make every attempt to be accurate to exercise appropriate restraint to demonstrate respect for the opinion of others and to be sure that public statements are not construed as representing the institution. Faculty are encouraged to engage in meaningful research and are supported in a financial way whenever possible. The freedom and right to publish in professional journals is afforded the faculty by the Academy. The advancement of learning through instruction research and service remains the paramount purpose and objective of the United States Sports Academy.
Students should maintain high standards of conduct in their personal behavior and in their academic work. Disrespect for or violation of these standards is a serious offense. The penalty for violations against academic integrity could result in failure on a paper or in the class or dismissal from the Academy. The process of notification is described in the Student Conduct section of the catalog. Cheating is unacceptable behavior in which students use someone else?s work and represent it as theirs. Examples of this include but are not limited to copying another student?s answers during an examination using unauthorized materials during an examination or having someone else take an examination. Using unauthorized test materials and or disseminating them to others is also considered cheating. Plagiarism is a form of cheating. Utilizing information from other people?s work in a paper or project is acceptable under the following conditions: 1. If a student uses the exact written words of another person places the words in quotation marks and cites the last name year and page number where the quote may be found this is acceptable. A quote exceeding 40 words must be indented in a block without quotation marks. 2. If students paraphrase other people?s work they must restate the concept or information in their own words not just rearrange the words in the sentence.They must also cite the author and year of publication and they should be very careful when taking notes to put quotes in the exact wording or put the paraphrased information in the notes. Submitting the same paper or part of a paper for more than one course is not permitted. The abuse of Academy Library materials by writing in journals or books tearing out pages or taking materials from the AcademyLibrary without properly checking them out is strictly forbidden.
The effect of academic probation is to serve notice to the student that his/her quality of work is below accepted graduate level work. Students who receive academic probation should immediately seek help by contacting an advisor or the Chief Academic Officer. A student will be placed on academic probation any time that his/her cumulative grade point average (GPA) drops below 2.0 at the undergraduate level or 3.0 at the graduate level. The intent of the academic probation warning is to serve as notice that the quality of work is below graduation standards. A student who receives an academic probation warning should immediately seek assistance by contacting his/her Advisor. A student on probation has 12 semester hours to raise the cumulative GPA. If the GPA remains below 3.0 after the time allowed the student may be dismissed. Any student on probation will not be extended academic privileges. These privileges include but are not limited to: individualized study overloads and the comprehensive exam. A student receiving a letter grade of ?F? in a course will be required to retake that course. The student will be placed on probation and remain on probation until the course is retaken and a grade of ?C? or better is made. A student receiving a letter grade of ?F? while on probation will be dismissed. The Academy reserves the right to dismiss at any time a student whose academic performance is substandard or whose conduct is deemed improper or prejudicial to the interest of the institutional community in the sole opinion of the Academy. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress. The normal time needed to complete a bachelor?s or master?s degree program is four years; for a doctoral program it is seven years. At the end of three semesters for the master?s and doctoral students 18 semester hours must be completed with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Students not meeting this requirement face academic probation and possible dismissal.
The Academy publishes an Academic Update on a frequent basis. This is sent to all students with ussa.edu e-mail addresses. The purpose of the update is to keep students informed regarding regulations policies and procedures of the Academy and alert them to upcoming calendar events and general news of interest. Students are expected to read the update and be responsible for its content.
A prospective student applying for graduate study at the Academy has one year from the date of acceptance to enroll in the graduate program. A student failing to enroll within the one-year time limit is required to reapply for admission. The Academy reserves the right to request any or all of the required admission materials and fees for readmission.
All requirements for the Master of Sports Science degree must be completed within four years (or within seven years for a Doctor of Sports Management degree) from the time the student first enrolls in the degree program. In special cases students may petition the Academic Committee for an extension not to exceed one additional year provided the petition is made before the end of the original Statute of Limitations date.
All requirements for the Bachelor of Sports Science degree must be completed within four years from the time the student first enrolls in the degree program. In special cases students may petition the Academic Committee for an extension not to exceed one additional year provided the petition is made before the end of the original Statute of Limitations date.
All students are assigned a ussa.edu e-mail address at the beginning of study. All master?s and doctoral students must use ussa.edu addresses for all course work. All e-mailed notices newsletters and official communications will be sent to the student?s ussa.edu account. Students are responsible for checking their assigned ussa.edu accounts periodically for such communications. Please note: it is the student?s responsibility to use the proper e-mail address in course work and to notify the Academy of any changes in his/her back-up personal e-mail address. Students are also required to adhere to academy policies with respect to use of the network and e-mail facilities described elsewhere in this catalog.
A student interested in pursuing a Master of Sports Science Degree may be accepted from a variety of backgrounds. Generally students with a bachelor?s degree in business administration management finance marketing human resource relations physical education communications sport health recreation or sport medicine are most suitable. Individuals with experiential backgrounds in sport health fitness medicine or general business may also be suitable.
A student interested in pursuing a Doctor of Sports Management may be accepted from a variety of backgrounds. Generally students with a master?s degree in business administration management finance marketing human relations physical education communications sport or sports medicine are most suitable. Individuals with master?s degrees in other areas possessing a background in sport will also be considered.
All inquiries and applications should be sent to the Office of Student Services. Applications for admission to the Upper Division Undergraduate Program are accepted on an ongoing basis. Online students may start course work at any time following acceptance. Orientation and registration for online students is done by phone electronic mail or Internet. Individuals interested in a career in sports should apply.
The Academy remediation program is specially designed for individuals who have been out of school for at least five years or who posted poor grades at a previous institution but who have an interest in earning a degree in sport. Remedial admission status is only for those individuals who have taken at least 49 or more semester-hours of credit have completed the general-education requirements outlined above but do not have a 2.0 GPA in these classes. The program is designed to provide students a second chance to do well enough to earn a bachelor?s degree in a subject area that they enjoy. In the remediation program students must retake courses in which they have a failing grade but while they are repeating these courses at another institution they will be allowed to enter any bachelor degree program and take the core courses. To continue in the remediation program students must make a D or higher in the courses repeated and a C or higher in the Academy?s core requirements. Failure in either area will result in dismissal from the program. The remedial concept is to have students demonstrate their academic ability through attainment in the classroom. If students prove themselves through performance in the classroom by repeating the classes they failed and achieving a D or better grade and achieving a 2.0 or better GPA in the Academy?s courses they will be admitted into full-standing admissions status.
A course is closed when the enrollment reaches 30. Additional enrollment requires the approval of the instructor of the course and the VP/Dean of Academic Affairs. If a course has an enrollment of less than 10 students it may be canceled.
An Anatomy and Physiology course is a prerequisite for enrollment in the major courses in the M.S.S. programs of Sports Fitness Sports Medicine and Sport Fitness/Medicine Dual majors. This prerequisite can also be satisfied by the completion of Anatomical Kinesiology and Basic Exercise Physiology.
All faculty shall be responsible for helping in the recruitment and enrollment of students in their area. Recruitment must be done in conjunction with the Dean of Student Service. Help may include making contacts selling the program answering questions securing applications and overseeing admissions. The faculty will work closely with the Dean of Student Services in all these areas. Recruitment methods shall demonstrate the highest ethical standards.
Faculty members are encouraged to take their classes on field trips to study the actual operation of their respective disciplines. Transportation for such trips will be confined to the availability of the Academy vehicles. Trips shall not exceed 12 hours in duration unless prior permission is received in writing from the VP/Dean of Academic Affairs. Overnight field trips require prior written approval from the VP/Dean of Academic Affairs. Students must fill out a release form or liability waiver before attending any Academy sponsored field trip. Since field trips are additions to the basic course instruction the costs i.e. gasoline food lodging insurance. etc. must be borne by the student. Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the VP/Dean of Academic Affairs upon a written petition submitted by the faculty member. Only drivers registered with the Academy and covered under their insurance policy are allowed to drive Academy vehicles. These drivers must fill out an authorization for professional travel” form prior to departure and complete a trip report upon return. Scheduling of the Academy vehicles is done through the Logistics Department and should be scheduled as far in advance as possible.”
All faculty members shall keep an accurate and up-to-date attendance and grade record for all classes in a ?Grade Book? furnished by Logistics. This record shall be available for inspection by the administration upon written or oral request at any time during the semester. Upon completion of the course the Grade Book is to be retained by the faculty member for a period of five years. The Coordinator of Student Records monitors student progress on a semester basis regarding probation normal progress and graduate requirements.
RELEASE FORM FOR LIABILITY WAIVER FOR THE UNITED STATES SPORTS ACADEMY For Good Consideration the undersigned agrees and hereby forever releases discharges acquits and forgives from any and all claims actions suits demands agreements and each of them if more than one liabilities judgments and proceedings both at law and in equity arising from the beginning of time to the date of these present and as more particularly related to or arriving from: This release shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the United States Sports Academy their successors assigns and personal representatives.
Plans of Study (POS) for all degree programs and emphasis within the degree programs are found in the appropriate catalogs as Addenda items. Faculty should refer to POS when advising students regarding a particular academic program.
A resident student is expected to attend all regularly scheduled classes. Any resident student missing more than 25% of the regularly scheduled classes in any course during a given semester shall automatically fail the course. Any work missed because of absence shall be the responsibility of the student. Aside from the above teaching faculty may set an attendance policy for each class. Students enrolled in a web-based course must log on and complete the first course assignment within two weeks of course registration. Students are expected to systematically satisfy all of the course assignments and learning activities in accordance with the syllabus within the prescribed 16-week time frame or pay the appropriate extension fees. In no case will a student be allowed to submit work following the exhaustion of two 30-day course extensions or one 60-day course extension unless students are granted special extension privileges by the Chief Academic Officer.
The Academy uses a number of different faculty names to denote special non-traditional academic programs including doctoral master?s undergraduate and continuing education resident and off-campus instructors. The various names are graduate undergraduate and continuing education all of which have resident and off-campus components and the adjunct and national faculty (NAFAC).
Resident Faculty are full time employees of the institution who work on-campus on a regular basis. Resident faculty may teach on-campus online and continuing education courses on or off-campus. Resident Faculty are either graduate undergraduate or in some cases both.
Graduate Faculty are assigned temporary or permanent rank by the Dean of Academic Affairs at the beginning of employment with the Academy. The Dean of Academic Affairs assigns them teaching assignments for each semester. Graduate faculty are assigned the ranks of Assistant to Full Professor and must be terminally prepared in the area appropriate to sport unless justified by some extraordinary experiences awards honors or circumstance.
The Undergraduate faculty is composed of on campus faculty members assigned a rank of Instructor or higher. Undergraduate faculty must have a master?s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and have 18 hours of graduate credit in sport management or sports coaching. (In some instances experience may be substituted for or supplement actual course work.) Appointments: Appointments are made by the Dean of Academic Affairs after a review of credentials. Appointments are made yearly in the fall semester. Responsibilities: Only undergraduate faculty and graduate faculty may teach undergraduate course work.
Adjunct Faculty are faculty members who are not employed full-time on campus by the institution. They are appointed as needed to either the temporary graduate or undergraduate faculty on campus based on their credentials and experience. Adjunct faculty duties and responsibilities are defined by letters of agreement or contracts.
The United States Sports Academy is committed to meeting the needs of students in the delivery of quality sports education programs both in residence and through the distance learning delivery system. The Academy has long recognized that many individuals in the world of sports have a pressing need to continue their education; however not every student has the financial resources nor the freedom to leave a job for extended periods of time to pursue this worthwhile goal. Through the distance learning delivery system a student has the opportunity to pursue the Academy?s academic offerings at any location in the world. The flexibility of the Academy?s distance learning delivery system offers the student the ability to pursue educational interests on their schedule and at their location. In an effort to continue to offer the greatest degree of flexibility cost savings and service to our students the Academy has worked to develop the means to ease delivery of the academic program to students at remote sites away from the Daphne Alabama campus. These efforts include the appointments of Distance Learning Faculty (DLF). These individuals work as independent contractors and offer a portion of the Academy?s academic program at widely varying geographic locations. This represents an effort by the Academy to increase services to students by moving the providers of the service closer to the student. This should have the desired effect of lowering costs and increasing personal contact to students actively participating in the distance learning delivery system. It is the intent of the Academy to continue to locate DLF?s in every possible geographic location of the United States and indeed the world. The appointment of distance learning faculty are the same as those of the resident faculty and are set out in Section 2070.1 of the Administrative Manual. The Distance Learning Faculty shall provide the instruction of one or more students for specific courses that fulfill requirements for students who are pursuing education in one of the United States Sports Academy?s degree programs. Specific duties and responsibilities include: 1. The teaching and administration of all materials to the student until the conclusion of each course 2. Maintainance of records to document all communication with the student 3. Identify and communicate the best or most convenient times for telephone contacts to the student at the beginning of the course 4. Return to the Academy the signed and dated Final Grade Report from the Course Management System 5. Assist students with ideas for potential mentorship experiences to pursue on an individual basis in accordance with the Academy?s current mentorship guidelines and criteria. 6. Encourage students to complete all course assignments study guides threaded discussion quizzes paper and the final examination within the sixteen(16) weeks allotted for completion of the course. 7. Encourage and assist students with maintaining regular communication with Academic Advisors at the Academy regarding the completion of the graduate degree programs. 8. Use the Academy provided e-mail address that students and Academy personnel may use for communication with the DLF. 9. Utilize the Academy provided Microsoft software distributed as a part of the Microsoft Office Plan. DLF personnel should have a broad band internet connection to work effectively inside the Course Management System. 10. They will be supplied with a textbook for each course conducted. The DLF shall return the textbook in good condition to the Academy upon demand. The DLF may elect to purchase the textbook from the Academy.
Nominations for NAFAC come from Academy faculty staff students administration Trustees or other National Faculty members. Any nomination must include a name address telephone number affiliation e-mail address and resume. Nominations are forwarded to the Division of Administration for processing.
Nominations must meet the following criteria depending upon their area of involvement: Teaching Graduate courses. Terminal preparation in sport or sport related field. Exceptions must be justified by the Dean of Academic Affairs according to the Criteria of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Same as teaching or practical experience in appropriate field. Other responsibilities including research writing delivery of continuing education units development or any other special project: Qualifications/credentials that are pertinent to the activity.
1. Recommendations are sent to the President/CEO for approval: 2. Forward Processing/Rejection: a. The President reviews recommendations and decides to forward for processing or reject. 3. Processing Steps: Division of Administration prepares invitation packet including letter of invitation from the President ?What is the National Faculty? flyer nominee acceptance letter and NAFAC resume form. The packet is mailed out and information on the nominee is placed in the pending NAFAC folder. If the acceptance letter and resume form are not returned in one month a follow-up letter is generated. If the acceptance letter and resume form are not returned in two weeks after the follow-up letter a letter is generated closing the file withdrawing the nomination. The nominee information is then removed from the pending NAFAC file. Once acceptance letter and resume form are returned the application is transferred to the active NAFAC file. An acknowledgment letter is sent to the new NAFAC member which details haw NAFAC members may interact with USSA. The new member is input into the NAFAC database by the Department of Administration. 4. Administration a. Maintenance of NAFAC List is done by Administration. b. Maintenance of the National Faculty list is the responsibility of the Dean of Academic Affairs. 5. Maintenance will be done as follows: a. Every six months the NAFAC list will be circulate to all faculty members for review to change address and purge deceased members. b. Once each year a mailing (return receipt requested) will be sent to all NAFAC members with a return card requesting updated information and areas which NAFAC members want to interact with the Academy. c. NAFAC members who fail to return the card will receive a follow-up letter asking if they want to remain on NAFAC or not. Those who return a card will be the eligible pool for interaction with the Academy for the year. Those whose letters are returned will be researched for a new address and re-sent materials. Those returned letters for which a new address can not be found will be placed in inactive file status. 6. NOTE: Any NAFAC member who will serve as a teacher in the graduate curriculum a mentor or an intern supervisor must supply the Academy with an updated resume and official transcripts or copy of highest earned diploma.
At the end of each course regardless of mode of instruction students are requested to complete one or more course/instructor evaluations to be submitted to the Office of Student Services. Evaluation results are shared with the course instructor and academic administration after final grades have been submitted. Online students must complete a Unit 11 course evaluation including the comments section. Evaluation results are shared with the course instructor and academic administration once the course is completed.
By enrolling at the Academy students join a global community of scholars who are committed to the pursuit of excellence in the instructional process. The Academy expects that all students will pursue their studies with both integrity and honesty. Those students who choose not to do so are forewarned that academic integrity and honesty are taken seriously at the Academy. Any student caught in academic dishonesty including but not limited to plagiarism and cheating will be subject to disciplinary action which may include expulsion from the program.
To affirm the Institution?s commitment to Academic Integrity all faculty members are required to sign a pledge of Ten Principles” developed by the Center for Academic Integrity which they will agree to abide by in dealing with students and staff. The “Ten Principles” are contained in the Academy Faculty Handbook.”
The appropriate faculty member will analyze written products to include: 1. all course final papers or equivalent culminating projects in doctoral or master?s level courses. 2. all submissions of theses and dissertations. 3. a 25% sample of all course assignments in doctoral master?s and bachelor level courses. The Dean of Academic Affairs or designee will spot-check this process to ensure that all faculty members are in compliance with the requirement and are administering the spirit and intent of the policy. Ten to 15% of any written submission mentioned above may be directly quoted provided that such quotes are correctly cited to give credit to the legitimate author(s). When the analysis of the written submission shows that the student is deemed to have exceeded reasonable use either with or without proper citation the faculty member has the right to provide the student with four options to remedy the situation. Option one is when the level of abuse is at 20% or less. The faculty member can ask the student to repair and resubmit the written work as a learning experience. In this instance the faculty member should counsel the student to ensure understanding of proper writing and citing procedures. Option two is when the level of abuse exceeds 21% of the written submission. This option will be dependent on the student having 14 calendar days remaining in the course or having the ability to purchase an extension of time for the course which will provide no less than 14 calendar days of writing time. With the prerequisite met the student will be given the opportunity to write a different product that meets all requirements of the writing project. This second attempt will only be able to achieve a B grade. Option three will be assignment of a failing grade and zero points for that writing project which in the case of a culminating written submission will result in a failing grade in the course. The responsible faculty member will report any occurrence of writing abuse covered under this policy that requires the application of options two or three to the Chief Academic Officer in writing so that the abuse may be documented in Academy records. Copies of all substantiating written documents records of conversations or correspondence must be attached. This record will be checked each time such a report is filed and any student with a second offense will be reviewed with possible disenrollment resulting from academic dishonesty in accordance with Option four below. The Chief Academic Officer will initiate option four upon a second offense rising to option two or option three severity. A special committee appointed by the Dean will review copies of all substantiating written documents records of conversations or correspondence relative to academic dishonesty abuses by the specific student. When disenrollment is deemed appropriate the Dean of Academic Affairs will inform the student that they have been disenrolled. The student will be provided the normal appeal process following such disenrollment.
Where faculty or staff are suspected of plagiarism the President will appoint a special committee to investigate the allegation. Upon completion of its work the special committee will render a final written report with all substantiating materials attached. All such final reports must find that either the allegation has or does not have merit. When the allegation is found to have merit a further rendering must find that the allegation was intentional or unintentional and make a recommendation as to remedial courses of action that the President might take.
When contributing authors are suspected of plagiarism their work will be returned by the appropriate faculty or staff member with a statement indicating only that the content of the submission was not considered appropriate for publication at this time.
The United States Sports Academy acts in accordance with two relevant laws: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
No otherwise qualified person with a [disability] in the United States shall solely by reason of a [disability] be excluded from the participation in be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” A person with a disability is an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. An individual is considered to be a person with a disability if he or she (1) has a disability (2) has a history of a disability or (3) is perceived by others as having a disability. A qualified person with a disability is defined as a person who meets the requisite academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in the post-secondary institution?s programs and activities. Under the provisions of Section 504 the United States Sports Academy may not: * Limit the admission of otherwise qualified students with disabilities; * Make pre-admission inquiries as to whether an applicant has a disability; * Exclude an otherwise qualified student with a disability from any course of study; * Provide less financial assistance to students with disabilities than is provided to other students; * Measure student achievement using modes that adversely discriminate against a student with a disability; or * Establish rules and policies that have the effect of limiting participation of students with disabilities in educational programs or activities.”
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is civil rights legislation that extends the anti-discrimination legislation of Section 504 to all institutions of higher education whether or not they receive federal financial assistance. The purpose of this act is to provide a clear and comprehensive mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. This statute became effective for public entities on January 26 1992. It provides comprehensive civil rights protection to individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment state and local governments public accommodations and telecommunications.
The Academy Registrar assists students with disabilities in receiving accommodations. The first step in receiving academic accommodations is to complete the Academy Disability Self Identification Form. Documentation serves as a foundation that legitimizes a student?s request for appropriate accommodations. The first purpose of verifying documentation is to establish the existence of a disability as defined under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) ? see [2094.3.3](/admin_manual/policies#2094.3.3). Under these statutes the severity of a disability or degree of impact on life functions is important. To establish the existence of a disability under these statutes the documentation must demonstrate that the condition is a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits a major life activity” (ADA 1990). Life activities that are typically important to college students are such functions as reading listening walking writing learning and speaking. In order for the United States Sports Academy to be able to determine whether reasonable accommodations can be designed and what those accommodations can be detailed information about the impact of the disability must be provided.”
In most cases documentation will be needed from doctoral level professionals such as a certified and or licensed psychologists medical doctors psychiatrists or neurologists. The professional should be experienced in diagnosing and treating the disability should prepare the documentation on appropriate clinical stationary should sign the document and should provide the United States Sports Academy with verification of the experience and expertise in the specialty if asked. The diagnostician must be an impartial individual who is not related to the student.
1. A clear statement that a disability is present along with the rationale for this diagnosis. A school plan such as an individualized education program (IEP) or a 504 plan is insufficient documentation but it can be included as part of a more comprehensive assessment battery. (Note: individual learning deficits learning styles and learning differences do not constitute a learning disability or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.) 2. Documentation for eligibility should be current within the last three years. (The age of acceptable documentation is dependent upon the disabling condition the current status of the student and the student?s specific request for accommodations. All cases will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.) 3. A narrative summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis. 4. A statement of the functional impact or limitation of the disability on learning or other major life activity and the degree to which it impacts the student in the learning context. 5. A list of recommended reasonable accommodations for the post-secondary environment. 6. All documentation is confidential and should be submitted to: Academy Student Services Department Attention: Registrar.
Completion of this form is voluntary. However if there is no voluntary disclosure and documentation of disability the United States Sports Academy will not be able to provide accommodations. None of the information supplied on this form will be used to discriminate in any manner. This information will remain confidential. Please print: Date: Name: SS#: Address: Phone Number: If you do not require any accommodations due to your disability check below and sign the bottom of the form. You need not complete other sections of the form. I do not require accommodations at this time. I realize that if I have future needs I must provide documentation of a disability if I have not already done so. 1. Check all disabilities that apply: ADD or ADHD Blindness Deafness Health Related Impairment (please specify) Hearing Impairment Learning Disability Orthopedic/Mobility Impairment Psychological Disability Visual Impairment Other (please specify) 2. Submit supporting documentation by a qualified evaluator of your disability. attached to be submitted previously submitted Diagnosis and supporting documentation must have been made within the last three years. 3. What impact does your disability have in an academic setting? 4. What academic accommodations have you previously used? I understand that no accommodations will be made by the United States Sports Academy until acceptable documentation of disability is on file in the Student Services Department. __________________________________________________________ Student Signature Date Return to: United States Sports Academy Attn: Registrar One Academy Drive Daphne AL 36526 Phone: 1-800-223-2668 Fax: (251) 625-1035
The courses necessary for the successful completion of any of the programs are found in the ?Program of Study? sheet for that degree program. Both students and faculty should keep an accurate record of degree progress on a ?Program of Study? sheet.
Students who have been out of their course of study for 60 days or longer or who have been dismissed from the program for academic or administrative reasons may apply for re-admission by appealing to the Academic Committee. All appeals are judged on their individual merit to determine of the student will benefit by graduation from the program.
The Academy has restrictions on the number of credits a student my take in any semester on campus or online.
At the master?s and doctoral level the normal load is 6 hours per semester but students may take up to 9 hours per semester without the need of an overload approval by the Dean of Academic Affairs. Students taking resident mini sessions should limit their course load to 3 semester hours while students taking courses in the Summer Resident Program (6 weeks) should limit their number to 6 or fewer semester hours. Credits allowed per registration are cumulative. This means that the total registration in resident and distance learning forms may not exceed the limits (as listed above) without approval. For example if a master?s student is actively enrolled in 6 semester hours of distance-learning courses (2 courses) they could only register for 3 semester credit hours in a regular semester without overload approval. Another example would be where a student is already enrolled in overload in active distance-learning courses at 12 semester credit hours. That student would not be allowed to register for mini or regular session summer courses.
Undergraduate Students may take as many as 4 courses or 12 semester hours at any one time online time period of 15 weeks. Students may not exceed 12 semester hours online at any time without the written authorization of the Dean of Academic Affairs. Students taking resident mini sessions must limit their course load to 3 semester hours per mini session while students taking a full summer session must limit their courses to 6 semester hours unless approved by the Dean of Academic Affairs in writing.
Students may take overloads in any semester only with the expressed written permission of the Dean of Academic Affairs.
The Academy provides a program for students that have already graduated with a Master in Sports Sciences degree and wish to earn an emphasis in a specified area (Dual Major). The process to apply for this program is as follows: 1. The student?s degree must have been conferred by the United States Sports Academy. 2. The student must reapply and pay the re-admittance fee for the new program. 3. The Dean of Academic Affairs will review all applications and determine Admission status. 4. The student will follow the ?current catalog? requirements for their Program of Study (the catalog in effect at the time of the application will be the ?current catalog.?) 5. The student must complete all the requirements for the New Emphasis Area (to include the mentorship if required by the major.) 6. The student will have three years from the date of re-admittance to complete all academic requirements. 7. The student will not be required to sit for another comprehensive examination. 8. All fees tuition and books will be based on the current catalog.
All doctoral students must take a comprehensive exam and pass to become a Doctoral Candidate. This comprehensive examination is 3 days in duration. The first two days are broken out into four-hour blocks in both the morning and in the afternoon. This is the written portion of the examination. On the third day individuals take a one-hour oral exam with a committee of faculty members. Students must pass all five areas of the examination to pass the comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination is given only two times per year in January and in July. The exact dates may be found in the Catalog or the website. Students may not take their written and oral comprehensive examination until they have satisfactorily passed all the course requirements except the Applied Dissertation Project.
Dual majors are available in the undergraduate and master?s level only. At the doctoral level the student may take only the emphasis in Sports Medicine and a specialty within the Sports Management major. At the master?s level students may combine any two areas for a dual major. In this instance the student must take all the required courses and complete a thesis mentorship or three elective courses to complete the task. At the undergraduate level a dual major in Sports Coaching and Sports Management would require that the student complete all courses in both areas but would not have to repeat any identical courses from each area. The student would only have to complete one culminating piece ? the mentorship. The total number of hours beyond the 60 transferred in would be approximately 125 semester hours.
There are several different kinds of examinations required at various levels.
At all levels students must take course examinations.
All master?s students are required to take and pass a one day written comprehensive examination. The examination is designed to test the student?s ability based on the degree?s goals and objectives. Tests may be taken on the 3rd Thursday of each month online provided the student registers for it 30 days in advance. The examination is also given on campus one time per year during the Summer Session. Examination questions are graded on a 1-10 scale and the student must average 7 or higher to pass. Students who fail the test must appeal in writing to the Academic Committee for a ?re-take.? Students failing two times may be subject to expulsion from the program. Students may not take their exam until all their course work including the mentorship is satisfactorily completed.
Any applicant to one of the Academy?s degree programs is eligible to transfer equivalent degree level courses from other regionally accredited colleges or universities.
The number of credit hours allowed in the doctoral degree program is limited to 24 credit hours including the cognate courses. Specific policies regarding this procedure are found in the Doctoral catalog.
The number of credit hours allowed in the Master?s degree program is limited to 15 credit hours. Specific policies regarding this procedure are found in the Master?s catalog.
The number of credit hours allowed to be transferred into the bachelor?s program is 36-90. An applicant may offer for consideration the transfer credit hours earned by means of the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education support (DANTES) Test if the school from which the applicant is transferring accepted the test and said hours are reflected on the applicant?s transcript. In addition the applicant must have an official DANTES score report mailed directly to Undergraduate Admissions. Similarly College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit may be accepted towards the 60 hours of General Education Core if the institution from which the applicant is transferring accepted the hours and said hours are reflected on the applicant?s transcript. In addition the applicant must have an official CLEP score report mailed directly to Undergraduate Admissions.
Individuals who submit test scores for DANTES or CLEP will be referred to the Undergraduate Admissions Committee. The Committee reserves the right to accept or reject the number of hours that may be accepted.
The Academy does not grant academic credit for previous life experience.
The Academy maintains a letter grading policy based on percentages from an ?A? to an ?F.? In order to allow for the administrative processing of course extensions withdrawals etc. grades may not be submitted until the fifth day following a student’s course completion date.
The Academy?s Undergraduate Grading Policy has thirteen letter grades considering pluses and minuses as different grades. The system is as follows:
|Numeric Grade||Letter Grade||Grade Point Average|
A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 of work is required for graduation. In computing the required 2.0 averages necessary for the conferment of the undergraduate degree the total number of quality points is divided by the total number of semester hours for which a letter grade is assigned. Grades earned at other institutions and transferred to the Academy cannot be used in the determination of the grade point average either for candidacy or conferment of the degree. The following symbols are substitutes for grades: 1. I = Incomplete Assigned by the instructor in cases where the recitation and test grades are satisfactory but due to reasons beyond control the student is unable to fulfill all course requirements. 2. IF = Automatically assigned five days after the end of 16 week period (117 days) where the student has not completed the work and the instructor has not been notified of and extension or extenuating circumstances which will not allow the student to finish. 3. IP = In Progress Assigned to thesis applied dissertation project and mentorship courses until these courses are completed. 4. W = Withdraw Recorded on the permanent record of a student who withdraws from the Academy or from a course provided the withdrawal occurs within the time limits listed in the official calendar. The grade of W does not affect the GPA. 5. H = Assigned to students who are unable to complete their course work due to extenuating medical issues or active military duty. Documentation from student?s physician (in medical circumstances) or military commander (for active duty circumstances) is required.
Academic advising is the responsibility of faculty members generally speaking but admissions counselors or the Registrar may give advice under certain conditions. Advisors should keep a ?Program of Study? on each and very advisee. Advisors are responsible for giving accurate advice based on the Student?s Catalog and data found in CAMS. All Courses are designated by three letters followed by three numbers. The three letters are designed to show the area of sport being studied as follows: * SAM = Sports Management * SAB = Sports Psychology or Sociology * SAR = Sports Research * SAD = Sports Medicine * SCS = Sports Coaching * SPT = Individualized Selected Readings or Topics Mentorship Thesis or Applied Dissertation Project The numbers following the letters are indicative of the level of the courses. 300 and 400 numbers indicate upper level undergraduate courses. 500 numbers indicate master?s courses. 600 numbers indicate master?s/doctoral courses. 700 numbers indicate doctoral courses.
The only advising to be done by faculty registrar or admission?s counselors is to be limited to academic administrative matters. Students needing personal counseling should be referred to Student Services.
The Academy has academic honors for undergraduate students.
The Academy?s Graduate Grading Policy has only ten letter grades considering pluses and minuses as different grades. There are no ?D? letter grades in the graduate program. The system is as follows:
|Numeric Grade||Letter Grade||Grade Point Average|
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on 33 to 60 semester hours of work is required for graduation. In computing the required 3.0 averages necessary for the conferment of the master?s degree the total number of quality points is divided by the total number of semester hours for which a letter grade is assigned. Grades earned at other institutions and transferred to the Academy cannot be used in the determination of the grade point average either for candidacy or conferment of the degree. The following symbols are substitutes for grades: 1. I = Incomplete Assigned by the instructor in cases where the recitation and test grades are satisfactory but due to reasons beyond control the student is unable to fulfill all course requirements. Incomplete grades must be completed 90 days from the awarding of the ?I? or the grade will become an ?F?. 2. IF = Automatically assigned five days after the end of 16 week period (117 days) where the student has not completed the work and the instructor has not been notified of an extension or extenuating circumstances which will not allow the student to finish. 3. IP = In Progress Assigned to thesis applied dissertation project and mentorship courses until these courses are completed. 4. W = Withdraw Recorded on the permanent record of a student who withdraws from the Academy or from a course provided the withdrawal occurs within the time limits listed in the official calendar. The grade of W does not affect the GPA. 5. H = Assigned to students who are unable to complete their course work due to extenuating medical issues or active military duty. Documentation from student?s physician (in medical circumstances) or military commander (for active duty circumstances) is required.
### Academic Honors and Awards upon Graduation The United States Sports Academy provides academic honors and awards to recognize and promote notable student achievement. These academic honors shall include Graduation Honors for Degrees to include Gradation with Honors Graduation with Highest Honors. Honors are calculated based only on hours attempted at the United States Sports Academy. Transfer credit hours are not used in the determination of academic honors. In order to be eligible for a graduation honor a student must have completed 120-semester hours at the Bachelor?s level. ### Graduation Honors for Degrees Superior academic achievements by graduating students shall be recognized by the following designations on transcripts and diplomas: Graduation with Honors (or Cum Laude): 3.4-3.59 GPA Graduation with High Honors (or Magna Cum Laude): 3.6-3.79 GPA Graduation with Highest Honors (or Summa Cum Laude):3.8-4.0 GPA ### Semester Academic Honors The United States Sports Academy provides semester academic honors to recognize and promote notable student achievements. ### Dean?s List The Dean?s List shall be compiled on the second Friday following the start of each semester. Requirements for the Dean?s List shall be: (1) a semester grade point average of 3.4-3.99; and (2) completion of a minimum course load of 12 semester hours (3) the student must be in full academic standing and (4) nine hours completed for the current semester. ### President?s List The President?s List shall be compiled on the second Friday following the start of each semester. Requirements for the President?s list shall be: (1) A semester grade point average of 4.0; and (2) completion of a minimum semester course load of 12 semester hours (3) the student must be in full academic standing and (4) nine hours completed for the current semester.
### Academic Honors and Awards upon Graduation The United States Sports Academy provides academic honors and awards to recognize and promote notable student achievement. These academic honors shall include Graduation Honors for Degrees to include Gradation with Honors Graduation with Highest Honors. Honors are calculated based only on hours attempted at the United States Sports Academy. Transfer credit hours are not used in the determination of academic honors. In order to be eligible for a graduation honor a student must have completed 60-semester hours beyond the Master?s degree at the Doctoral level. ### Graduation Honors for Degrees Superior academic achievements by graduating students shall be recognized by the following designations on transcripts and diplomas: Graduation with Honors: 3.8-3.9 GPA Graduation with Highest Honors: 4.0 GPA ### Semester Academic Honors The United States Sports Academy provides semester academic honors to recognize and promote notable student achievements. ### Dean?s List The Dean?s List shall be compiled on the second Friday following the start of each semester. Requirements for the Dean?s List shall be: (1) a semester grade point average of 3.8-3.99; and (2) completion of a minimum course load of 12 semester hours (3) the student must be in full academic standing and (4) six hours completed for the current semester. ### President?s List The President?s List shall be compiled on the second Friday following the start of each semester. Requirements for the President?s list shall be: (1) A semester grade point average of 4.0; and (2) completion of a minimum semester course load of 12 semester hours (3) the student must be in full academic standing and (4) six hours completed for the current semester.
### Academic Honors and Awards upon Graduation The United States Sports Academy provides academic honors and awards to recognize and promote notable student achievement. These academic honors shall include Graduation Honors for Degrees to include Gradation with Honors Graduation with Highest Honors. Honors are calculated based only on hours attempted at the United States Sports Academy. Transfer credit hours are not used in the determination of academic honors. In order to be eligible for a graduation honor a student must have completed 33- semester hours at the Master?s level. ### Graduation Honors for Degrees Superior academic achievements by graduating students shall be recognized by the following designations on transcripts and diplomas: Graduation with Honors: 3.8-3.9 GPA Graduation with Highest Honors: 4.0 GPA ### Semester Academic Honors The United States Sports Academy provides semester academic honors to recognize and promote notable student achievements. ### Dean?s List The Dean?s List shall be compiled on the second Friday following the start of each semester. Requirements for the Dean?s List shall be: (1) a semester grade point average of 3.8-3.99; and (2) completion of a minimum course load of 12 semester credit hours and (3) the student must be in full academic standing. ### President?s List The President?s List shall be compiled on the second Friday following the start of each semester. Requirements for the President?s list shall be: (1) A semester grade point average of 4.0; and (2) completion of a minimum semester course load of 12 semester hours and (3) the student must be in full academic standing.
The purpose of the grade appeal procedure is to afford an opportunity for a student to appeal a final grade in a course which the student feels was inequitably awarded. Since the Grade Appeals Process may result in the change of a grade it must be noted that change as a result of the Appeals Process is of a different nature than a grade change initiated by professors. A grade change per se is initiated by the professor; whereas the Grade Appeal is initiated by the student. Students are advised that the Grade Appeals Process entails an examination of the student?s entire body of work in the course whose grade is being appealed and as a consequence the list of possible options includes but is not limited to the following: 1) the original grade given by the professor can remain unchanged; 2) the grade can be changed upward; or 3) the grade can be changed downward. A student may appeal a grade following the process outlined below: ###Step 1 The student must communicate with the instructor in question and attempt to resolve any differences in an informal manner at that level. If this process is successful there will be no need to proceed to any further steps and the faculty member shall communicate the grade change to the Registrar in accordance with the wording found in Section 2201.1. ###Step 2 A student who is unable to resolve the differences in an informal manner with the instructor must file a written appeal with the Chief Academic Officer within 15 calendar days following assignment of the disputed grade. All appeals will be date stamped and logged in on the date received. ###Step 3 The Chief Academic Officer will refer the request to the Appeals Subcommittee of the Academic Committee which shall be a panel comprised of faculty members and personnel from the Division of Student Services. The faculty member whose grade is being challenged cannot serve on the Appeals Subcommittee. When the Subcommittee convenes it will keep minutes of the proceedings and record the outcome of their deliberations. In order for an appeal to be upheld the Subcommittee must render a unanimous decision within 15 days from the date that the appeal is received in the Office of Academic Affairs. The Chief Academic Officer or designee shall inform the student filing the appeal the faculty member involved and the Academy Administration of the decision This notice shall be put in writing. ###Step 4 In the event that the Appeals Subcommittee cannot reach a unanimous decision it will be referred to the Academic Committee for final disposition. The Academic Committee must render its decision within 15 days from the date that it was referred to the Academic Committee from the Appeals Subcommittee. The decision of the Academic Committee would require a majority vote. ###Step 5 The majority decision of the Academics Committee or the unanimous decision of the Appeals Subcommittee shall be considered final and binding. The Chief Academic Officer or designee shall inform all parties of the decision.
The student is responsible for several exit interviews while a student at the Academy. In general these exit interviews can be broken down into three major categories: mentorship financial aid and comprehensive exams. These exit interviews are used to gather information from the student some of which is mandated by law and some may be done online.
Upon completion of the mentorship experience the student is required to do an exit interview with his Academy Advisor. This interview counts 5% of the final grade and must be completed to successfully pass the mentorship. This exit interview is oral in nature and maybe done on campus in person or off-campus by telephone.
The financial aid exit interview is mandated by law for every student who has used federal Title IV monies during their matriculation process. In this interview which is normally done after the comprehensive (graduate) or post tests (undergraduate) on-campus is normally done face-to-face. Students are asked specific questions in the interview and the interviewer 9who may be an administrator faculty or staff) records the answers.
Following the comprehensive exams on-campus at the graduate level students are interviewed by faculty to obtain research data for the Institutional Effectiveness Committee. The questions are all pre-established and the student?s responses are recorded and re-read to the student if required. If M.S.S. students take thier comprehensive exams off-campus THEY WILL HAVE THE OPTION OF EITHER COMING TO campus for graduation AND HAVING the exit interview administered then. ALTERNATIVELY THE M.S.S. STUDENTS MAY COMPLETE THE EXIT INTERVIEW THROUGH A COMBINATION OF ON-LINE AND TELEPHONIC SURVEY METHODS. Undergraduate students will receive their exit interviews following the administration of the post-test examinations measuring learning achievement.
The rank of each teaching member shall be established by the Chief Academic Officer with approval by the President and Chief Executive Officer or his or her designate at the time of the teaching member?s first appointment.
Upon hire at the Academy a faculty member?s credentials are reviewed by the Chief Academic Officer for assignment of rank. Generally speaking assignments should be made as follows unless extenuating circumstances exist: (1) **Full Professor**: Evidence of scholarly productivity which could include article publication in referred scholary journals or other academic documents such as monographs. Presentations at the Academy as well as conventions and converences experience in chairing master’s theses and doctoral dissertations earned terinal degree in sport or related area and 15 years experience as a minimum 30 article publications in refereed scholarly journals or presentations in referred scholarly journals or presentations at conventions or conferences. (1a) A full professor could also demonstrate a record of achievement which is noted by reviewing the contributions of the candidate?s cumulative body of work. This body of work should strongly indicate that the candidate has made a significant contribution to the profession of sport or sport education. (2) **Associate Professor**: A candidate?s cumulative boy of work to include evidence of scholarly productivity which could include article publication in refereed scholarly journals. presentations at the Academy as well as conventions and conferences experience in chairing master?s theses or doctoral dissertations an earned terminal degree ins port or a related area and 10 years teaching in higher education. Individuals seeking the designation of candidate for the position of associate professor should have a minimum of 20 article publication in refereed scholarly journals and presentations at conventions or conferences in the profession of sport or sport education. (3) **Assistant Professor**: A candidate?s cumulative body of work to include evidence of scholarly productivity which could include article publication in refereed scholarly journals presentations at the Academy as well as conventions and conferences to the profession of sport or sport education an earned terminal degree in sport or a related area and 5 years of teaching experience. Individuals seeking the designation of assistant professor should have as a minimum 10 article publications in refereed scholarly journals or presentations at conventions or conferences. (4) **Lecturer**: Terminal degree in sport or related discipline in sport or master?s degree with at least 18 graduate semester credit hours in sport education and 3 years of teaching experience. Individuals seeking the designation of lecturer should have as a minimum 5 article publications in refereed scholarly journals or presentations at conventions or conferences. (5) **Instructor**: Master?s degree in sport related area or a Master?s degree in a related area plus 18 graduate semester hours in sport education. (6) The United States Sports Academy does not offer adjunct faculty advancement for academic rank. Faculty members are responsible for maintaining their curriculum vitae to be considered for advancement in academic rank. An up-to-date curriculum is required. The United States Sports Academy academic rankings are instructor lecturer assistant professor associate professor and full professor.
Each teaching member must serve at least 3 years in an Academy appointed rank at the Academy before being eligible for Advancement. Since there is no automatic Advancement faculty members who have served at least 3 years in rank may make formal application for Advancement to the Dean of Academic Affairs before 15 June in the academic year in which the Advancement is sought. The Application must contain the following: 1. A statement concerning the proposed Advancement including the academic year for which the Advancement is sought; 2. An up-to-date Academy Curriculum Vitae form of the applicant seeking the Advancement; 3. A brief resume of the applicant?s accomplishments while in rank at the Academy; and 4. Any other supporting data the applicant seeking Advancement deems necessary. Each request for Advancement is confidentially reviewed by a group of qualified members and a recommendation is forwarded to the Chief Academic Officer. After review the Chief Academic Officer forwards a recommendation to the President whose action is final. Pending final action the Chief Academic Officer informs the faculty member of the decision. There is no appeal to this action.
Faculty load is established from time to time by the administration and is the guideline for how faculty will work at the Academy. As a non-traditional educational setting dependent entirely upon the resources it generates the Academy is operated using a business model. Although this may alter the collegrality of the operation to a certain degree it is offset by the effective use of the human resource to attain the mission. As a business model the Academy uses a 40-hour work week. Since the fall spring and summer semesters have 16 weeks each that is a total of 640 hours each for those three semesters. Therefore the faculty load is based on six hundred and forty hours per semester. Since there are three semesters that leaves four weeks for faculty vacations. The Administration has established a normal load for each faculty member to be four courses per semester with 30 students in each course (a load of 120 student units per semester). Student units are defined as the time it takes a faculty member to complete a single distance learning course with an individual student. At the graduate level that number of hours is four. At the undergraduate level that number is three hours. Therefore if a faculty member were to have a full load of student units he or she would have 120 students times four hour units equaling 480 hours per semester. This would leave 160 hours for other duties including but not limited to academic administration advising committee work etc. The Dean of Academic Affairs is responsible for administering the load of each full-time faculty member and all part-time off-campus faculty. The maximum load for off-campus faculty member is dependent upon their other responsibilities. Those working full-time are assigned a maximum of 60 distance-learning students; those working part-time or not at all may be assigned up to a full load of 120 students. On-campus faculty who exceed the full-time load of 1080 student units per year are paid an overload based on their actual load. The compensation for this overload is computed one time per year at the end of the year. Since the Academy admits distance learning students into classes any day it is open the enrollment numbers are not fixed at the beginning of each semester as in a traditional setting. Faculty members are also given credit in student units for regular administrative duties and special project assignments. Based on an Annual Academic Year of 1 September through 31 August that is divided into three trimesters of approximately equal length the following is the basis for faculty load. The term ?equivalent head? means one student enrolled in one course regardless of the mode of teaching (e.g. resident ATP or distance learning).
The basic load is calculated on an equivalency of four courses each with 30 students enrolled for each academic term as taught in a traditional residential manner. Thus the basic load for a faculty member is 120 students in each semester regardless of the mode of course delivery. The overall annual teaching load over three semesters is 120 x 3 or 360 equivalent heads. Student enrollments for the purposes of calculating faculty load will apply based on the date and in the term of initial registration for a course.
Should a faculty member service more than 360 equivalent heads in an Academic Year he/she will receive a bonus of $100 per equivalent head for every student serviced over the basic load of 360. This bonus will be calculated on the registrations entered into the Student Information System (SIS) and assigned to the faculty member. The bonus for overload will be paid once per year in September based on the calculation for the previous Academic Year as defined in the preamble.
In the event that a faculty member is assigned students that have been partially serviced by another member of the faculty the following pro-rata adjustments will be made: ### 2503.3.1 In the event that the student(s) being so assigned is/are enrolled in course work through distance learning the faculty will receive credit based on: Work completed up to and including Unit 5: 90% equivalency Work completed up to and including Unit 10: 60% equivalency Web work completed but no final or term paper: 30% equivalency ### 2503.3.2 In the event that the student(s) being so assigned is/are enrolled in course work through resident study the faculty will receive credit based on: Teaching to (but not) the mid-term exam: 90% equivalency Teaching to (but not) the final exam: 60% equivalency No final exam or term paper: 30% equivalency In the event that the student(s) being so assigned is/are enrolled in course work through ATP or directed individualized study the faculty will receive a 30% equivalency. A faculty member who serves as the chair of an Applied Dissertation Project (ADP) will receive an equivalency of five students. This credit of five equivalent heads to the faculty?s load will be provided only once in the term in which the student registers for dissertation hours. (NOTE: Faculty members serving as ADP Committee members will be compensated directly by the student through a Reader Fee of $500 once the dissertation is defended. Thus dissertation committee work is a defacto overload and will be compensated as such.) A faculty member who serves as the chair of a Masters Degree Thesis Committee will receive an equivalency of three students. This credit of three equivalent heads to the faculty?s load will be provided only once in the term in which the student registers for dissertation hours. (NOTE: Faculty members serving as Thesis Committee members will be not be compensated for such work.) In the event that a student withdraws from the course or the faculty member fails to manage a student enrolled in a course being delivered through distance learning such that a grade is not rendered by 177 days after initial enrollment they shall have deducted one student from their count of equivalent heads.
In the event that the student(s) being so assigned is/are enrolled in course work through distance learning the faculty will receive credit based on: 1. Work completed up to and including Unit 5: 90% equivalency 2. Work completed up to and including Unit 10: 60% equivalency 3. Web work completed but not including a final or term paper: 30% equivalency
In the event that the student(s) being so assigned is/are enrolled in course work through resident study the faculty will receive credit based on: 1. Teaching to (but not) the mid-term exam: 90% equivalency 2. Teaching to (but not) the final exam: 60% equivalency 3. No final exam or term paper: 30% equivalency In the event that the student(s) being so assigned is/are enrolled in course work through ATP or directed individualized study the faculty will receive a 30% equivalency. A faculty member who serves as the chair of an Applied Dissertation Project (ADP) will receive an equivalency of five students. This credit of five equivalent heads to the faculty?s load will be provided only once in the term in which the student registers for dissertation hours. Faculty members serving as ADP Committee members will be compensated directly by the student through a Reader?s Fee of $500 once the dissertation is defended. Thus dissertation committee work is a defacto overload and will be compensated as such. A faculty member who serves as the chair of a Master?s Degree Thesis Committee will receive an equivalency of three students. This credit of three equivalent heads to the faculty?s load will be provided only once in the term in which the student registers for dissertation hours. Faculty members serving as Thesis Committee members will be not be compensated for such work. In the event that a student withdraws from the course or a faculty member fails to manage a student enrolled in a course being delivered through distance learning such that a grade is not rendered by 177 days after initial enrollment they shall have deducted one student from their count of equivalent heads.
Every faculty member who is responsible for conducting a class must designate at least 5 hours per week 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday as office hours. During these hours the faculty member must be in the office and available for students consultation. All student appointments are at the discretion of the faculty member.
Faculty who believe that they have been grieved by the administration other faculty members or students may file a grievance. The first step in the process is to approach the individual personally to address the problem and seek informal agreement concerning the grievance. If no informal agreement can be reached then the faculty member should put the grievance in writing to the Dean of Academic Affairs citing who the grievance is against what the grievance is about when and where the grievance took place and why they feel the grievance has merit. The Dean shall review the grievance with the allegedly aggrieved faculty member and decide if a formal hearing is warranted based on the grievance letter. The Dean may attempt to resolve the issue between the members informally before rendering a decision. If the Dean decides the grievance has no merit he or she will write the faculty member a letter explaining his or her decision. Both the grievance letter and the Dean?s letter will be placed in the faculty?s personnel file. If the Dean rules adversely against the grievance the faculty member may appeal in a written letter to the President within 15 days of the Dean?s decision. The President?s decision shall be final. If the Dean believes the grievance letter has merit under the policies and procedures of the Academy he or she will initiate a formal review: 1. The Dean or his orher designate will collect all facts in the case. 2. The Dean or his or her designate will interview the parties involved in the case. 3. The Dean or his or her designate will review the facts and the interviews and render a decision in keeping with the policies and procedures of the institution. 4. The decision shall be put into writing with copies to the personnel file of those involved.
Should any party in the grievance believe that the decision violates Academy policies and procedures (procedural) or the decision was not based on all the facts (substantive) he or she may appeal the Dean?s ruling to the President in writing within 15 days of the decision. The written appeal must contain the ?procedural? or ?substantive? issue involved. The decision of the President is final. Should the grievance be against the Dean he or she shall ?step aside? in the process and the Assistant Dean shall conduct the process as outlined above.
The Academy encourages faculty to pursue professional development opportunities and will provide support for these activities consistent with the institution?s needs and goals.
Resident faculty will be provided furnished offices sufficient work supplies communications equipment and appropriate computer support in terms of hardware software and the institutional computer network. Consideration will be given to portability when making computer assignments such that they can be used in the classroom or while out of the office. The Academy computer network will be administered in a manner to promote security and to filter unwanted e-mail while fostering an environment conducive to collaboration. Faculty are encouraged to maximize the use of the Academy?s computer resources for their own professional growth.
The Academy will provide support for the Resident Faculty to participate in professional growth opportunities at conferences conventions and through committee work for National Organizations.
Resident faculty may apply for Academy support to attend national conferences or conventions where they are platform presenters. Approval for travel advances and reimbursement of travel expenses must be secured in advance in accordance with Policies 5431.2 and 5040 and will be contingent upon both the venue and type of presentation to be made and the availability of funds and teaching/work assignments of the faculty member. In the event that the foregoing stipulations preclude travel support or if the faculty member wishes to attend a conference at which they are not presenting faculty may apply for leave with pay for attendance at such meetings.
Resident faculty may apply for support from the Academy if they are committee members of National Organizations in the profession of education or sports. Approval for travel advances and reimbursement of travel expenses must be secured in advance in accordance with Policies 5431.2 and 5040 and will be contingent upon both the organization of which the faculty member serves as a committee member and the availability of funds and teaching/work assignments of the faculty member. In the event that the foregoing preclude travel support and the faculty member wishes to attend the meeting faculty may apply for leave with pay for attendance at such meetings.
All faculty may request to teach in the Academy?s international outreach programs. Selection is based on subject matter expertise and teaching/work assignments of the faculty member. In the event that a faculty member is selected to teach in the program he or she will receive approval for travel advances and reimbursement of travel expenses in accordance with Policies 5431.2 and 5040.
Resident faculty are eligible for both on-campus and off-campus training programs.
Faculty will be required to participate in training programs on technology the Course Management System computer hardware and software applications teaching/instructional techniques or related topics as these are scheduled throughout the year. All such training sessions are mandatory for faculty.
Faculty may apply for special training seminars rendered by other organizations in their area of expertise. Approval for release time or travel reimbursement (if applicable) must be secured in advance in accordance with Policies 5431.2 and 5040 and will be contingent upon the nature of the training to be received and the extent to which it supports the institutional mission the availability of funds and teaching/work assignments of the faculty member.
All faculty have computer access to and are encouraged to use the Academy?s online Library offerings which are comprehensive in the disciplines of sports. Resident faculty are also encouraged to participate on the Library Committee and to make recommendations with respect to Library holdings to support their research and scholarly activity in the profession.
All faculty receive regular reports from the institution?s Institutional Effectiveness (IE) effort including student end-of-course surveys grade distribution (e.g. student success rates) time-to-complete courses and others as may developed from time-to-time by the IE Committee. At least once per year those faculty teaching in residence will also receive a peer review on their on-campus teaching techniques. Faculty are encouraged to review and respond to reports that are provided to them through the IE effort to better meet the needs of their students.
Faculty will be exposed to distinguished visitors who come to campus in the course of Academy activities. Additionally the Academy periodically convenes a Board of Visitors or engages outside reviewers who provide valuable feedback as to how Academy programs and the faculty may improve. Faculty are encouraged to participate in these events and engage with outside review for professional growth and development.