Nashville --- The Tennessee State University athletics academic services department received an award for obtaining program certification through the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics.
The award stemmed from an academic review of the effectiveness of TSU's academic standards and practices as well as how the program meets the standards for proper NCAA athletics certification.
Tennessee State is first HBCU and first Ohio Valley Conference school to receive program certification. Other universities that have been certified are Georgia State, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
"I am honored, humbled and grateful that TSU Athletics Academic Services Program is among the top five in the nation," said Dr. Johnnie Smith, Associate AD for Academics. "Without the support of a small staff that believes in my leadership; student-athletes who trust in our process and administration that reinforces the concept of excellence, this achievement would not have been earned."
The assessment is important to the eligibility and graduation process of a university's student-athletes. The model further proves that student-athletes are receiving excellent services through the Academic Services staff and are on track to graduate within four years or sooner.
"We celebrate the moment and move forward to continue the great work that we do in educating student-athletes."
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