Intercollegiate athletics is a unique feature of higher education in America. Student-athletes who participate in intercollegiate athletics are a special population on college campuses because of the dichotomous relationship between athletics and academia. This webinar, sponsored by the NACADA Advising Student Athletes Commission, will explore the academic experience of student-athletes in higher education and will offer professionals who advise student-athletes some best practices. The goal of this webinar is to provide practicing academic advisors with experience-based and contemporary knowledge on the college student-athlete to enhance their understanding of the student-athlete population and ability to advise effectively. Focus will be on athletic culture and higher education; the student-athlete experience and identity; NCAA eligibility standards, regulations, and reform; and academic advising and support specific to student-athletes.
Karen Schiferl, Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services, Chicago State University
When Karen Schiferl was hired in September 2012 as Chicago State University's Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services, she brought over 15 years of NCAA Division I experience to the institution. Karen spent nine years at Ole Miss as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Academic Support, where she oversaw all aspects of the Office of Student-Athlete Academic Support for the Rebels. Before Ole Miss, Karen spent four years as Senior Associate Director at the University of Maryland's Academic Support and Career Development Office, working with several teams as well as serving as CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinator and SAAC advisor. Prior to her tenure at Maryland, Karen served as Academic Coordinator in the athletic counseling offices at Northern Illinois University. She also worked as a graduate intern in Indiana's Hoosier Athletic Academic Advising Office and served as a summer intern in the University of Florida's Athletic Association's Office of Student Life. Karen has served on several national and regional academic boards and has presented at academic conferences across the country. Currently she is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A), the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS). Karen has served on the editorial board for Houghlin-Mifflin's Becoming a Master Student-Athlete and was a review team member for the NACADA monograph Advising Student-Athletes: A Collaborative Approach. Since 2007 she has served as an instructor for the online course, Academic Success and the Student-Athlete, a joint venture of NACADA and the NCAA. Karen presented to the Sunbelt Conference on model practices for athletic academic support programs, and she has done site visits to several Division I schools as one the N4A's APR Consultants. Karen graduated from Indiana University with her B.A (Spanish and Afro-American Studies) in 1987, and her M.S. Ed (College Student Personnel Administration) in 1991.
Adrienne Ridgeway, Associate Athletic Director, Academic Support & Student Programs, Marquette University
Adrienne Ridgeway is in her 14th year overall with Marquette and now serves as her department's lead administrator. Adrienne works closely with Marquette student-athletes in planning academic schedules, monitoring the progress and status of student-athletes, assisting with the admissions process by evaluating high school and junior college transcripts, and helping with new student orientation and personal academic counseling. In addition, she serves as the advisor to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and oversees the NCAA Student Affairs programming for student-athletes.
Adrienne spent two years with the Milwaukee Public Schools as a Speech-Language Pathologist, where she provided language and articulation treatment and evaluation to culturally diverse elementary school students. She ran track for four years at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and received her bachelor's of science in speech-language pathology in 2001. Her minor was sports administration. In 2003, Adrienne earned her master's degree in speech-language pathology while working as a graduate assistant to the athletics director in the Howard Athletics office. She also holds a Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration from Marquette.