How Academic Centers Help Student-Athletes Hit Peak Performance

"The extra attention to academic support is paying dividends. MSU recently recorded the highest student-athlete graduation rate in its history: 88 percent of student-athletes who entered the university between 2008 and 2011 obtained their degrees within six years, Edwards says.

A big reason colleges build dedicated academic centers is that athletes have greater demands on their time and more rigorous schedules than other students, says Mike Meade, president of the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Professionals. In addition to schoolwork, they have varying schedules and commitments for practices, workouts and competitions."

-Dan Tynan