2012 May

First Bahraini Students Graduate with Academy's Sports Management Diploma

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The first class of 29 Bahrain students completed the Academy's International Sport Diploma in Sports Management.

The first Bahraini students graduated from the Academy’s International Sport Diploma in Sports Management program Thursday, May 24.

Dr. T.J. Rosandich, the Academy’s vice President and chief academic officer, gave a commencement speech to the class of 29 students who completed the diploma program, which is the first of its kind in the Middle East.

The Academy’s sports management program was done in conjunction with Bahrain’s General Organization of Youth and Sports (GOYS), which plays a vital role in the development of sports in Bahrain. This program was run under the guidance of Dr. Samia Al-Qattan, an honor graduate from the Academy, who is a faculty member at the University of Bahrain.

Bahrain’s relationship with the Academy began in 1977, which was the sports university’s first international academic program. To date, the Academy has worked with more than 65 countries across the world.

Dr. T.J. Rosandich (right) meets with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Salman bin Hamed Al-Khalifa (left).

“We are proud of all of the students who made it through this very difficult program and look forward to their future successes in sports administration,” Dr. Rosandich said. “We are very grateful for our longtime partnership with Bahrain to provide sports education and to do numerous other sport projects. We do envision a continuing role for the Academy going forward.”

The sports management program is designed to broaden student knowledge in the sports-related areas of business, administration, personnel management, marketing, public relations, facility management and program development. Courses focus on the development of professional sports management skills that are essential to implementing sports-related programs.

The Academy also continues to deliver its International Certificate in Sports Marketing (ICSM) programs through Bahrain’s GOYS to students there.

Shaolin Abbot Gives His Blessing to Academy's Online Kung Fu Course

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His Holiness Abbot Shi Yongxin reached an agreement with the United States Sports Academy to begin promoting the university’s online Shaolin course to 400 million Chan Buddhist followers and others across the globe.

The Abbot and the Shaolin Temple monks plan to arrange an official launch date soon to publicize the course through the Shaolin website, publications and other networks.

His Holiness Abbot Shi Yongxin and Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich look over a Shaolin 100-volume history at the Shaolin Temple's library in Dengfeng, China.

An agreement was reached during a more than three-hour meeting recently in Dengfeng, China, between Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich and the Abbot, along with Qian Daliang, the Shaolin Temple general manager and his assistant, Zheng Shumin, director of foreign affairs.

For nearly two years, the Academy has been working with the Shaolin Temple to develop a course that introduces Shaolin philosophy and history to people online throughout the world.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the unique and respected practices and philosophy of this ancient Chinese system can take “The Philosophy of Shaolin Kung Fu” (CEB 205), an online, continuing education course offered by the Academy.

The course is considered to be of value to any coach in any sport looking for an advantage by applying this successful mind, body and spirit philosophy developed over the past 1,500 years by the Shaolin.

The core text for the new course derives from the newly translated English version, “Shaolin Kung Fu Secrets,” which comes from a 1,500-year-old manuscript that Abbot Shi Yongxin gave to the Academy during his visit in November 2006 to receive an honorary doctorate. By using the five books of ancient Chan teachings provided so graciously by his Holiness, the spiritual leader of the Chan Buddhists, the Academy has developed an online format to present these important teachings on key tenets of Shaolin philosophy.

The course, which costs $200, offers students who finish it a Certificate of Completion signed by His Holiness and Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. The course covers:

  • Qigong – the practice of learning to focus and control internal energy, or qi (chi).
  • Meditation – learning to calm and order the mind.
  • Physical Training – the martial art practice and strengthening exercises.
  • Chinese Medicine – acupuncture, acupressure, and nutrition for a healthy body.
  • Spiritual Foundations – the many facets of the religious history and development of the Shaolin Temple.
  • Political Impact and Shaolin Today – the effect the political situation in China has had on the development of the Shaolin Temple and its philosophy, and where the Temple fits into today’s global society.

After completing this course, students should have a greater understanding of the history, development, and elements that comprise the Shaolin philosophy. Also, they should be able to apply principles from the teachings to their personal and professional life.

In past talks with the Academy, the Abbot has also offered to do a video introduction and to have his best warriors provide demonstration videos on various Kung Fu concepts.

To learn more about “The Philosophy of Shaolin Kung Fu” (CEB 205) course, please call the Academy at 251-626-3303 or email continuinged@ussa.edu.

Survey Finds Academy's Alumni Finding Success in Sports Careers

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An Alumni Survey conducted in April discovered that more than 70 percent of the United States Sports Academy’s alumni work in the sports industry, which is roughly double the percentage of other social science graduates who work in the profession they studied.

The finding was one of several positive results from the survey that was completed by domestic and international alumni. The Institutional Effectiveness Committee conducts an Alumni Survey every five years. It provides vital data so that the Academy can better understand and meet student expectations, and to assess the university’s academic programs for its students.

Dr. T.J. Rosandich, the Academy’s vice president and chief academic officer, says from the alumni responses that it is clear that the sport education school, also known as “America’s Sports University,” is fulfilling its mission statement to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sport.

“It is obvious from the Alumni Survey results and the regular communications we receive from our alumni, that our students are landing professional positions in sports and are excelling,” Dr. Rosandich says. “I do want to thank all the students who completed the survey and all of our faculty and staff for their good work in meeting the needs of our students.”

The survey also revealed:

  • 93.9% have applied learned theories to practical works situations since graduating.
  • 92.5% would recommend the Academy to their friends and colleagues who want to pursue their sport education.
  • 85.3% were prepared for their current job after completing the Academy’s educational program.
  • 82.6% secured employment within four months after graduating from the Academy.
  • 80% of those who completed a mentorship/internship accepted a job offer from the organization.
  • 60.6% earned a promotion and/or salary increase after earning their degree.

Besides answering 16 questions in the survey, alumni were also allowed to make comments about their academic program at the Academy. Here is a sampling of what a few alumni had to say in the surveys:

  • “With a busy schedule (family and work) it is nice to be able to do the course work at my pace. This course has helped me understand what it takes to manage in athletics. It will really help me when I become an Athletic Director.”
  • “I truly enjoyed my first semester here at the Academy. It has shown me how to actively involve myself in my own learning process, as opposed to having to be forced to learn something at a professor’s discretion.”
  • “Again, I am happy with my progress at the United States Sports Academy and would recommend anyone interested in enhancing their degree to look towards enrolling.”

This year marks 40 years since the non-profit Academy was established in an effort to upgrade the profession of sport in the United States and throughout the world through education.

The university officially began April 22, 1972 when it became the first and only free standing, regionally accredited school of sport in America, a distinction that continues to this day.

The Academy was born from the United States’ need for a national school of sport, highlighted by the U.S. Olympic team’s poor performance in the 1972 Munich Olympiad. This was further emphasized by the Blyth-Mueller Report in 1974 that found the poor preparation of coaches resulted in an increase in severe sport injuries in youth.

Today, the Academy is the largest graduate school of sport education in the world and it has provided sport education to more than 60 nations across the globe. During its history, thousands of students have earned degrees in its regionally accredited bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. In addition, the Academy is the only online university whose Sports Management degree programs are approved at all three levels by the North American Society of Sports Management (NASSM).

The Academy was a leader in higher education when it began moving all of its academic programs 100% online in the early 1990s. This gives its students the utmost flexibility to take courses whenever and wherever they want in today’s demanding and difficult times.

Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, who founded the sports university and is the school’s President and CEO, says the Academy strives to achieve its mission and be an innovator in higher education.

“We pride ourselves on the commitment the past 40 years of our faculty and staff to helping our students to grow and to prepare for responsible positions within the profession of sport,” Dr. Rosandich says. “Given our track record of success, we look forward to the future and continuing to be a national and worldwide resource for sport education.”

Taiwan Student Earns Doctorate in On-campus Ceremony

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Ming-Ching Shen (right), who recently earned her Ed.D. in Sports Management at the United States Sports Academy, went through a brief graduation routine on the Daphne campus on Monday, April 30. Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich (left) is hooding Shen, who is from Taiwan.

All Academy graduates are eligible to stage photograph opportunities with staff and faculty at the Daphne, Ala., campus, if they want. To schedule an appointment, please call Student Services at 850-626-3303.

Congratulations to Our Newest Graduates!

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With rolling enrollment, the Academy’s students start their courses as soon as they are accepted without having to wait for the next semester to begin. The Academy is proud to announce its latest monthly graduates.

Bachelor’s Students

  • Jason E. Franklin (Olney, Md.) – B.S.S. Sports Studies
  • Andrew David Robinson (Duluth, Minn.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching
  • Andrew J. Tevlin (Comstock Park, Mich.) – B.S.S. Sports Coaching

Master’s Students

  • Bankole O. Adebanjo (Orlando, Fla.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Nickolas Caleb Ashley (Lugoff, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
  • Kevin M. Brochu (Pawtucket, R.I.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Toiaya S. Crawford (Sarasota, Fla.) – Dual M.S.S. Sports Management/Sports Medicine NCAA Compliance Emphasis
  • Brian Alan Dunlap (Columbia, S.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Fitness and Health
  • Arien Elizabeth Faucett (Pascagoula, Miss.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Regena Anne Greene (Armed Forces Europe) – M.S.S. Sports Fitness and Health
  • Doug Ray Huff (Madison, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
  • Courtney Ann Jenkins (Longview, Texas) – M.S.S. Sports Medicine
  • Jennifer L. Mueller (Ripon, Wis.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies
  • Shane M. Nelson (Valparaiso, Ind.) – M.S.S. Sports Studies
  • Lauren K. Sopko (Charlotte, N.C.) – M.S.S. Sports Management
  • Timothy Ryan Stone (Lyons, N.Y.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching
  • Roy L. Tidwell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) – M.S.S. Sports Management NCAA Compliance Emphasis
  • TaKesha NiKole Wall (Athens, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports Management NCAA Compliance Emphasis

Doctoral Students

  • Suzanne L. Cooke (Aurora, Ill.) – Ed.D. Sports Management Sports Leadership Emphasis
  • Ming-Ching Shen (Daphne, Ala.) – Ed.D. Sports Management Human Resources Management Emphasis
  • Costas Vasou Solomou (Limassol, Cyprus) – DSM Sports Management Sports Finance
  • Melissa G. Thomas (Saraland, Ala.) – Ed.D. Sports Management Sports Medicine and Human Resources Management Emphasis

Golfer Bubba Watson and Figure Skater Carolina Kostner Voted Academy’s Athletes of the Month for April

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Bubba Watson, who won his first major golf tournament at the Masters, and Carolina Kostner, who won her first World Figure Skating Championships title, were chosen as the United States Sports Academy’s April Athletes of the Month.

Bubba Watson

Watson, an American golfer from Baghdad, Fla., earned the traditional green jacket at Augusta National with an exciting sudden-death playoff victory over Louis Oosthuizen. The Masters crown elevated the 34-year-old left-handed golfer to a career-high No. 4 world ranking. Watson, who had tied with Oosthuizen at 10-under par for the tournament, won the playoff with an amazing shot on the 10th hole. He hooked a sand wedge off the pine straw, around the trees and onto the 10th green. The memorable shot settled just 15 feet away from the hole for a par putt and victory for Watson.

Meanwhile, Italian figure skater Carolina Kostner, won the world title in her 10th trip to the world championships. During her free skate performance in Nice, France, the 25-year-old was flawless and she moved from third place to first place to win the gold medal. Her free skate score was 128.94 and her overall winning score was 189.94. Kostner, last year’s bronze medalist and the reigning European champion, delivered a graceful performance of mesmerizing steps and spins in the competition.

The public is invited to participate in the worldwide Athlete of the Month nomination and ballot voting processes. Visit the Academy website at www.ussa.edu to submit your nominations each month, and then return to the website between the first day and second Tuesday of each month to vote on the male and female Athletes of the Month. The votes along with the Academy’s selection committee choose the winners and they are announced on the Academy’s website and in the online edition of The Sport Update.

Finishing second in the men’s category was Rafael Nadal. The Spanish tennis star finally managed to beat Novak Djokovic in a final, ending  a run of seven straight defeats to the top-ranked Serb. Nadal thrashed Djokovic, 6-3, 6-1, at the Monte Carlo Masters for his eighth consecutive victory at the tournament. It was Nadal’s first title since last year’s French Open and the 47th of his career.

Carolina Kostner

The runner up to Kostner on the women’s ballot was Australian cyclist Anna Meares, who set two world records at the World Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne and claimed a record 10 women’s world titles in her career. The 28-year-old Meares stormed around the Hisense Arena to win the 500-meter time trial in a world record 33.010 seconds. She also set a world record of 10.782 seconds for the 200-meter flying start. Meares won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze, which included defending her world championship in the women’s keirin race.

Third place winners for December were White Sox pitcher Philip Humber, who threw the 21st perfect game in baseball history against the Seattle Mariners, and Brittney Griner, who scored 26 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked five shots to lead Baylor to the NCAA women’s basketball national championship.

The winners of the Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month will be considered as candidates for the 2012 Athlete of the Year ballot. In December 2012, the Academy will name the male and female Athlete of the Year for the 28th consecutive year.  The recipients of this prestigious award are selected annually through worldwide online balloting hosted by the Academy in conjunction with USA Today and NBC Sports.

In 2011, the Male Athlete of the Year was No. 1-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia and the Female Athlete of the Year was No. 1-ranked golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan. Both of them dominated 2011’s ballot that drew as many as 50,000 votes a day from across the world.

People, Places and Programs

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Academy Vice President, Chief Academic Officer and COO Dr. T.J. Rosandich is traveling in May to Malaysia, China, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi to meet with several government, sport education and Olympic officials to discuss the school’s programs.

Dr. Lee McElroy Jr., an Academy Board of Trustees member and the University of Albany’s vice president and director of athletics, will be inducted into the 2012 John McClendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame during the National Associate of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention on June 27 in Dallas.

Dr. Gary Cunningham (right) receives the 2012 National Association of Basketball Coaches International Lifetime Achievement Award from NABC's Alan Lambert (right) on April 1 in New Orleans.

Dr. Gary Cunningham, an Academy Board of Trustees member and current president of the United States International Student Federation, received the 2012 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) International Lifetime Achievement Award during the Final Four recently held in New Orleans.

Dr. LeRoy Walker, a former Academy Board of Trustees chairman and legendary track coach at North Carolina Central University, died recently at the age of 93. In 1993, he was the first black person to be elected president of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and in 1976 he became the first black to head a U.S. Olympic team in any sport.

Dr. Glenn Snyder and Robert Myers are traveling to Thailand to teach Sports Facilities and Event Management and Seminar in Sports Medicine from May 14-18, respectively.

Longtime Academy national faculty member Dr. Robert Greene recently sent an updated copy of his latest book entitled, “$20,000 in Tennis Lessons: Your Personal Coach Dr. Robert Ford Greene.” The book has been adopted by the U.S. Tennis Association and has been very successful.

Ron Dickerson, the Academy’s former Dean of Student Services who made history as the first black coach in Division I football when he coached at Temple, visited the sports university during a recruiting trip for Gardner-Webb University, where he now serves as a coach on his son’s football team staff.

Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki, the Academy’s 2002 Sport Artist of the Year, will have an exhibit of her Formula 1 paintings featured at the National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS) in Indianapolis beginning May 23 and running through the Indianapolis 500 race.

Dr. Steve Devick, the 2011 recipient of the Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award, had two recent papers citing the King-Devick Test, which he co-created, published in Neurology and at the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society meeting.

MAJOR PROGRAM EVENTS

SportAccord International Convention – May 20-25 in Québec City,

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 59th Annual Meeting and Third World Congress on Exercise in MedicineMay 29-June 2 in San Francisco

Alliance of Women Coaches “The Huddle”May 30-June 1 in Atlanta

National Associate of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention – June 22-28 in Dallas

 

Billich Releases Cityscape Painting for 2012 London Olympics

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"Londolympia" by painter Charles Billich, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives' 2000 Sport Artist of the Year.

Charles Billich, the United States Sports Academy’s 2000 Sport Artist of the Year, recently released a painting of the London cityscape in honor of the 2012 London Olympics.

The painting, “Londolympia,” by the Australian surrealist is one of several cityscapes that Billich has done to honor cities hosting the Olympics. For example, Billich has done similar cityscapes for the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

“Londolympia,” which depicts all of London’s new sports facilities and great landmarks, is now on display to the public in the Main Lobby at the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) on the Academy’s Daphne, Ala., campus, along with the Salt Lake City painting. The London painting is 5-feet tall by 12-feet wide and hangs so that it is the first thing visitors see when they come through the Main Entrance. ASAMA, which arguably holds the largest collection of sport art in the world with nearly 1,700 pieces, is open to the public free 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

“Billich’s painting of the London cityscape has arrived on campus and, in my opinion, it is the best cityscape that he have ever done,” says Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, the Academy’s President and CEO. “He has simply outdone himself.”

Meanwhile, the Billich Gallery and ASAMA are working on doing a world tour of this cityscape,  in conjunction with Hilton Hotels and Emirate Airlines, leading up to the Olympic Games this summer.

The Billich Gallery donated the painting to ASAMA as part of the Academy’s 40th Anniversary celebration in April.

“All of us here at Billich Gallery feel proud of our involvement with the United States Sports Academy and ASAMA,” Christa Billich says. “We at Billich Gallery perceive the Academy as the Olympus of sports education and a fountain of creative concepts involving sport and the arts.”

Charles Billich has a long association with the Olympics and sports. In 1996, he was the official artist for the Australian Olympic team and participated in the Olympic City Exhibition at the Centennial Atlanta Olympics that year. In 2004, he was one of the official artists for the U.S. Olympic team.

For the 2008 Bejing Olympics, Billich did a 16-piece, body of work, “Bing Mah Yong,” which is currently featured in ASAMA’s Main Gallery. Billich manipulates reality by featuring the terracotta warriors of ancient China as modern Olympians. The warriors are buried with the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, who reigned from 246-210 B.C.

He has painted other sports as well, including rugby, Formula 1 and yachting races to name a few. Billich’s various artworks are held in many illustrious collections and museums around the world, from the Australian Embassy, Japan, and United Nations, New York to The Royal Collection of Thailand and the Vatican.

Academy Board Members Lee McElroy and Gary Cunningham Honored

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Two current United States Sports Academy Board of Trustees members earned prestigious national awards.

Academy Board of Trustees members, McElroy (left) and Cunningham (right), both earned prestigious national awards for their many contributions to sport.

Dr. Lee McElroy Jr., who has served on the Academy’s Board of Trustees since 2011, and Dr. Gary Cunningham, a Trustee since 2007, are being honored for their many contributions to the world of sports.

McElroy will be inducted into the 2012 John McClendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony for the University of Albany vice president and director of athletics the past 12 years is scheduled during the National Associate of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention June 27 in Dallas.

Meanwhile, Cunningham was awarded the 2012 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) International Lifetime Achievement Award on April 1 during the National Coaches Convention in New Orleans. Cunningham is the current president of the United States International Student Federation and was a longtime athletic director at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

McElroy has more than 30 years of experience in athletic and educational administration. During that time he served in several prominent positions, including president of the NACDA for 2006-07.  In 2010, he was selected to be a member of the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association board of directors. He previously served on four prestigious NCAA Committees: Athletics Certification, Financial Aid, Degree Completion Program, and the NCAA Special Committee on Agents and Amateurism.

“This is an outstanding achievement and we offer Dr. McElroy our most sincere congratulations,” says Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. “Everybody here at the Academy also thanks him for all of the things that he does in intercollegiate athletics, which is extensive.”

Cunningham played and coached basketball at UCLA. He began coaching as an assistant under John Wooden for 10 years before coaching the team for two years after Wooden’s retirement and achieved the highest winning percentage of any coach in UCLA men’s basketball history at .862.

The NABC chose Cunningham for his lifetime commitment to being a guardian of the game, his desire to promote and encourage coaching excellence, and his continued work in building bridges in the world sports and basketball community through a lifetime of dedication and service to others.

“He is one of the most respected basketball and sports leaders in our country and it gave our committee great joy to recognize him for his years of leadership with dignity, high character and class in our coaching profession,” says Alan Lambert, NABC International Committee chairman.

Academy Sports Coaching Program Being Taught at Outram Secondary School in Singapore

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The International Sports Academy and Outram Secondary School signed a three-year agreement allowing selected students to enroll in a year-long sports coaching methodology certificate program awarded by the United States Sports Academy.

 

The International Sports Academy (ISA) in Singapore and Outram Secondary School signed a three-year agreement allowing selected students to enroll in a year-long sports coaching methodology certificate program awarded by the United States Sports Academy.

Under the agreement, 28 Outram students will initially be registered by the ISA to receive sports education in subjects such as sports psychology, sports medicine and athlete management. Those who complete the program can then enroll in one of ISA’s sports diploma programs.

ISA President Chay Yee says his academy plans to make similar arrangements with other government schools in Singapore. He sees secondary school programs, like the one with Outram, as one of the fastest ways of increasing student enrollment for the Academy.

“We will continue to work very hard to keep the United States Sports Academy flag flying, and flying high, too,” he says.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich says the agreement could be used in other countries, as well.

“This is significant and, hopefully, it might cause other countries to think about developing a program with the same concept,” Dr. Rosandich says. “I would hope that places like Brunei and Vietnam might be drawn to ISA’s program in Singapore. I congratulate Chay Yee and the ISA on its persistence to develop this educational program.”

There are four phases under this sports education program, which comprises both theoretical and practical elements. Students will get to apply the new skills they learn in a community involvement project by assisting primary school sports coaches. Graduates will receive a United States Sports Academy certificate in sports coaching methodology and then gain direct admission, with an exemption of one module, into an ISA sports diploma program.

Outram Secondary School is supportive of sports as a viable career option. It was also attracted by the sports education program’s character development lessons in areas, such as respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship.

Outram Vice Principal Sukhdev Singh says that sports is an important vehicle in the development of character and leadership skills.

“Thus, I am confident that this additional pathway would not only add value to the students’ knowledge, but also their character in their growing years,” he is quoted as saying in a Singapore newspaper.

Tuition Freeze Approved by Academy’s Board

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The United States Sports Academy’s tuition has been frozen by the sports university’s Board of Trustees Executive Committee.

Because of the depressed economy and national issues negatively impacting financial aid, the Academy decided against hiking its tuition in an effort to aid its students.

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich says the decision is the right thing to do in the current economy.

“Our students are very important to us and we felt very strongly that we, for one, did not want to touch their pocketbooks,” Dr. Rosandich said. “At a time of economic crisis across the world, it is the least we can do.”

The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, is the largest graduate school of sport education in the world and the only freestanding school of sport education in the United States with regionally accredited programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

The Academy’s decision to freeze tuition for its students goes against the grain. The cost of a college education has reached its highest levels ever with the cost of attending a four-year institution soaring 300 percent since 1990. In fact, tuition and fees are far outpacing the middle class median income with earnings actually declining by $400 a year during the same period. Last year in Alabama, tuition at private and public universities jumped between 8% and 20%.

Students did see a minimal increase in the Academy’s tuition in the 2011-12 school year with a $30 per credit hour increase at the bachelor’s and master’s level and $35 increase at the doctoral level. However, the Academy reduced its bachelor’s tuition by about one-third for active duty military and Wounded Warriors from $1,060 per course to $750 per course.

The Academy’s programs remain affordable when compared to other universities that offer sport-related degrees. The costs of the Academy’s programs are: $19,800 in the upper-division bachelor’s program; $17,820 in the 33-semester hour master’s program; and $43,230 in the 66-semester hour doctoral program. For complete tuition and fee information, please visit the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu/admissions/tuition-fees/.

For more information or to enroll in the Academy’s programs, please call an admission’s counselor at 1-800-223-2668 or email admissions@ussa.edu.

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