At Youngstown State University, academic success is the top priority for Penguin student-athletes. That focus is set by university administration and strictly adhered to by YSU athletic administration and coaches.
All Penguin student-athletes are assisted by one of four Academic Counselors, an area directed by Marilyn O'Bruba. The Jermaine Hopkins Center for Academics is the home for student-athletes to access numerous computers, word processing software, support materials for 500 and 600 level courses, and a private study lounge.
The degree to which athletes are involved in the academic
counseling area depends upon each student-athletes' needs.
Generally, first-year and transfer students are expected to be
involved because the transition from high school or junior college
to a university
setting can be challenging.
Student Tutorial Services
Student Tutorial Services provides tutoring to students in a variety of 500-800 level courses. The service includes regularly scheduled appointments for group and individual sessions, group review sessions before exams, computer-assisted instruction, and use of independent study materials. The students meet regularly for one-on-one sessions with peer tutors who are selected for their academic proficiency. The tutors are specially trained in study skill techniques. The staff provides educational information and refers students to other services on campus when appropriate.
- Tutoring is also available for 3700 and 4800 level courses.
- Research shows that students who utilize tutoring services earn more credit hours and increase competence levels by 20 percent.
A YSU staff or faculty member can provide mentoring and take a personal interest in a student's progress and challenge them to achieve their potential. Midterm reports are distributed twice each semester to professors on every student-athlete to monitor progress.
- The University Counseling Center is available to assist with test anxiety, career indecision, academic and work problems, and a variety of other issues pertinent to college students
- Penguin student-athletes are permitted to register early to allow them access to classes.
- Team orientation meetings consist of reinforcing study skills, time management, computer orientation, campus life, drug use/abuse, and campus safety.
- First-Year Student Services offers peer assistance and programming to build confidence and develop direction for new and transfer students.
The mentoring service is available to any freshman through senior who wants consultation from a volunteer faculty or staff member on educational matters, career issues, and advice on requirements and procedures. Mentors are assigned on the basis of the same academic department, a supportive administrative department, or some other career related to the student's interests and concerns.