North Texas Student-Athlete Academic Center
The highest priority of the North Texas Athletics Department is to fulfill its mission to provide student-athletes with an excellent education, culminating in a degree in their chosen discipline, and in the spring of 2005, Gayle and Virgil Strange reinforced that mission by contributing their talents and treasures to construct a first-class academic center for all athletes.
To that end, one of the first facilities to open in the Mean Green Village was the Student-Athlete Academic Center, a comfortable and welcoming environment filled with educational resources and technology. The Academic Center is a place to study, learn and succeed, benefiting the performance of every student-athlete in every athletic program.
In the fall of 2005, North Texas’s academic and compliance staff relocated to the new Student-Athlete Academic Center, a 7,000-square-foot facility three times the size of the department’s former home and located in the Mean Green Village in close proximity to the athletic facilities and the student-athlete residences at Victory Hall.
North Texas was selected as one of 65 nationwide institutions to participate in the Pilot III NCAA/CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes’ Minds for Personal Success) Life Skills Program, which provides support in the areas of academics, athletics, personal development, career development and service through the distribution of accessible resources, strategic partnerships and customized programming. North Texas created a multi-faceted approach to enhance the academic, athletic, personal, service and career development of all Mean Green student-athletes.
Numerous steps have been taken by North Texas to facilitate the CHAMPS/Life Skills program, including the revitalization of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, formation of a faculty and staff support team and creation of additional career development and academic support services, which are available to all student-athletes.