Tallahassee, FLA. – Florida State’s Student Athlete Academic Services (SAAS) and Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development Ashton Henderson were each honored by N4A, the National Association of Academic and Student Athlete Development Professionals. The awards were announced at the N4A 2020 Virtual Conference.
FSU’s SAAS was one of just two departments honored nationally with the 2020 Model Practice Award. The award is given annually to a N4A-affiliated college or university that displays best practices in their programming for student-athletes. N4A awards two Model Practices Awards, one in the area of academics and one in the area of student-athlete development.
The FSU SAAS Academic Support Internship Program, which is headed by Senior Associate Director Charlie Hogan, was honored for its success in training and developing individuals for a career in the profession of student-athlete academic support. Interns participated in a rigorous training curriculum designed to build and enhance the foundational knowledge base and skills necessary to allow the intern to step into a full-time position in the profession and perform at a high level of proficiency. Primary responsibilities for interns include working with assigned advisors or educational service staff to coordinate academic enhancement support for individual student-athletes and teams. Secondary responsibilities entail working with all components of the Student-Athlete Academic Services program including academic mentoring, educational services, class checking, study hall monitoring, tutoring services, and others duties as allocated.
Henderson, who has led the FSU Student Athlete Development department since 2018, was awarded the Professional Excellence Award, which is given to one member from each region. The N4A Professional Excellence Award honors professionals with six-fifteen years in the field who meet the following criteria: N4A involvement at the regional and/or national level, commitment to improving his/her department, often going above and beyond the tasks/responsibilities outlined in their job description, ability to meet their students’ needs and address critical issues within athletics and/or the campus community, viewed as a leader/mentor among his/her colleagues and is well respected within the industry.
Henderson was named the 2nd Vice President of N4A in 2019 and received the N4A Professional Promise Award in 2018. Since returning to FSU in 2018, the Student Athlete Development Department has focused on five areas: leadership development, career readiness, professional networking, personal development and community service. Among the initiatives that have been instituted are a Career Advisory Board, a Professional Development Course and a partnership with the FSU Career Center. FSU’s student-athletes also compiled more than 4,000 hours of community service in the COVID shortened 2019-20 school year.
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