Chad Bratzke Student Athlete Academic Success Center
The Chad Bratzke Student-Athlete Academic Success Center serves all student-athletes as a comprehensive academic resource center. The Bratzke Center and staff, located in Alumni Coliseum, is designed to aid EKU's student-athletes in all facets of their academic pursuits. Our goal is for student-athletes at EKU to have a great athletic and academic experience, and graduate with Colonel pride!
Named after Chad Bratzke, the former EKU All-American and Indianapolis Colts’ defensive lineman whose generous donation helped make the center possible, the Bratzke Center meets the needs of current EKU student athletes. The over 3000 square foot Bratzke includes a tutoring center, 27 station computer lab, academic advising office suite, as well as a teaching classroom and quiet study area.
Student-Athletes at EKU come in and utilize the center for studying, requesting and meeting with tutors, checking their email, or stop by for advising. The professional staff is trained to work with student-athletes in advising, class scheduling, monitoring academic progress, and assisting student-athletes with academic success strategies.
The Bratzke Center employs tutors trained to assist student-athletes in many different subjects. These tutors are a free service to EKU student-athletes and can be requested at any point throughout the semester. Tutors are trained to work with students and assist them in study skills, individual course instruction, and encourage academic success. In addition, EKU has several tutoring labs on campus that are available to all students as well.
In addition to the computer lab, EKU student-athletes also have access to a scanner and duplex printer in the lab, as well as laptop computers which are available to check out for team travel. These electronic resources assist EKU student-athletes to be successful while their team is in season. As a part of the departmental computer lab agreement, student-athletes are also able to access licensed software products such as SPSS, SAS, Adobe Photoshop and other useful programs.
Many student-athletes participate in the STAR (Student-Athletes Taking Academic Responsibility) mentoring program, designed to help students find academic success early in their academic career. These students meet once a week with a trained mentor and discuss time management skills, organizational skills, as well as track upcoming assignments through weekly STAR reports. This information is helpful to the student-athletes but is also shared with the coaching staff to keep them updated on the student’s progress.
Student-athletes with disabilities or barriers to learning may be in the STAR program but the Bratzke staff also assists with their registration with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to make sure students are provided with proper documentation.
Academic monitoring entails ensuring that student-athletes are making progress towards a degree as specified by the NCAA and OVC conference, and successfully monitoring class participation through communication and early alert programs. Faculty report grades twice a semester to the Bratzke staff to help avoid potential problems and pitfalls. The Student-Athlete Academic Success Center is headed by Eugene Palka, Director of Athletic Academic Advising.
Published on July 12, 2011