TSU Staffers Share Ideas and Thoughts With NCAA Staff
Friday, December 14, 2007

TSU Staffers Participate In NCAA Discussions

Two Tennessee State University athletic staffers participated on a panel to discuss HBCU challenges and issues with the NCAA member services staff. The panel participated in a workshop December 9-10, 2007 at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Johnnie Smith, TSU Assistant Athletics Director for Academic Services, headed a team of people who would help the NCAA staff better understand HBCUs culture, staffing issues, academic profile, recruitment, retention, successes and any other helpful insights.

Joyce Maudie, TSU softball coach, Dr. Jean Murphy, a TSU alum and CEO/Owner of Ontime Enterprises in Clarksville and Dr. Emmett Gill, social work professor at Rutgers University joined Dr. Smith for the presentation.

The purpose of the presentation was to share with the NCAA Staff information on HBCU's Challenges and Issues as it relates to Limited Resources for Athletics Academic Support Programs.

Dr. Smith focused on staffing issues at HBCUs, retention, eligibility, graduation and successes, coach Maudie talked about recruitment, retention and academic success and Murphy discussed HBCU historical foundation, misconceptions and perceptions of HBCUs.

As a result of the panel, the NCAA staff is considering support for a new committee focused on at-risk student-athletes.

Dr. Smith has also been appointed to serve as an Academic Performance Plan Evaluator for NCAA, with the work beginning immediately and possibly continues through April 2008.