BATON ROUGE - LSU's Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes recently completed National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) Program Certification.
The ACSA unit is one of nine schools nationally and is joined by Tennessee from the SEC to notch the certification.
"The N4A accreditation serves as a standard of excellence for knowledge, practices, and procedures for assisting student-athletes," ACSA Executive Director Kenneth Miles said. "The N4A accreditation also acknowledged and highlighted the standards LSU has in place in order to preserve the academic integrity which ultimately assist us in maintaining institutional control. The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is fortunate to have a dedicated team who cares about the developmental growth of our student-athletes, Geaux Tigers!"
The N4A is an educational service and professional organization dedicated to promoting academic advisement and counseling to athletics. Formed in 1975, N4A has a diverse membership representing hundreds of professionals, nationwide, working to empower student-athletes to become more productive individuals through educational and personal development.
"Louisiana State University has earned the distinction of National Certification of its academic advisement and student-athlete academic support systems from the N4A," N4A President Dr. Gerald Gurney said. "By doing so, LSU has met all industry standards for academic support and is acknowledged for its outstanding programs for student-athlete personal development. The N4A is pleased to recognize LSU's leadership in and commitment to athletic academic support and advisement. Congratulations."
The purpose of N4A Certification is to verify that an academic support unit can provide a basic set of services to student-athletes as outlined in the N4A guidelines and Code of Ethics.
"We are honored to receive N4A National Program Certification, and pleased to support our professional organization's efforts to promote national standards of excellence," Assistant Director for Internal Operations Richard Capone said. "This certification validates the quality and comprehensiveness of our programs, conformance with best-practices, and the excellent people at LSU that make it happen. On a personal note from coordinating certification, I gained a deeper appreciation for the passion and integrity of my colleagues at the Academic Center and all those that support us."
"We appreciate the opportunity to have been a part of the N4A Certification process," Interim Director of Academic Affairs Derek Cowherd said. "Our team works tirelessly to develop each student-athlete and inspire them to major in success. This great distinction confirms that the mission set forth by our Executive Director, Kenneth Miles, has our unit operating well within the best practices of LSU, NCAA, SEC, and N4A guidelines. It is especially good to know that we are not only doing things the right way, but that we are also doing the right things."