Florida Tech takes pride in its student-athletes performing at a high level in the classroom and on the playing field. In an effort to provide Panther student-athletes with additional academic support, the athletic department received an NCAA grant in 2009, aimed at establishing a Director of Student-Athlete Development position.
This position, held by Mandi Bennett, gives Florida Tech student-athletes another resource for academic success. It is designed to assist the student-athlete in receiving a meaningful, quality education at our institution and ultimately graduate.
From the day student-athletes decide Florida Tech is the right place for them, the Director of Student-Athlete Development provides personal and academic support to ensure that they will get the most out of their Panther career.
Individual and Group Tutoring
Individual and group tutoring is offered free of charge to our student-athletes through the Academic Support Center. Students can schedule individual one-on-one tutoring sessions or choose to attend one of the study groups offered daily through the Academic Support Center, located next to the Evans Library in Building 428A. The tutoring service offers instructional support, covering all areas of study.
Florida Tech student-athletes can schedule a tutor by contacting Margaret Richardson at 321-674-8009.
Academic Support Center Tutoring Hours
Mon.–Thurs.: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m.–7 p.m.
Monitored Student-Athlete Study Table
Monitored study table is offered on the third floor of the Evans Library. Study hall is a structured, quiet environment where student-athletes can complete homework assignments and study for quizzes and exams.
Monitored Study Hall Hours
Mon., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Library (Third Floor)
Tues., Thurs. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. in Academic Support Center
Mon.-Thurs. 7-9 p.m. in Library (3rd Floor)
Academic Enhancement Program
All freshmen and transfer student-athletes are required to attend mandatory study table their first semester at Florida Tech. If after the first semester a student-athlete has achieved a GPA of 2.5 or higher, he/she will not be required to continue attending study table. The Director of Student-Athlete Development and the coaches have the discretion to place a student-athlete in study table, regardless of the above criteria.
Panther Success Program
The Panther Success Program is designed to give academically “at-risk” student-athletes extra support and focus. Participation in the program requires student-athletes to:
- Attend four hours (or more if designated) of study table per week
- Attend weekly advising meetings with the Director of Student-Athlete Development
- Attend weekly tutoring sessions at the Academic Support Center
- Have professors fill out progress reports and return completed forms to the Director of Student-Athlete Development
Each student-athlete has the opportunity to register prior to the general student body. Since student-athletes contend with practice and travel conflicts, it is the Department of Athletics’ goal to limit the amount of classes each student-athlete misses per semester. Priority registration offers student-athletes the opportunity to plan ahead and schedule their classes around impending conflicts.
The Department of Athletics offers student-athletes the chance to check out and utilize university laptops on a daily basis or while traveling. All laptops are first-come, first-serve. To check out a laptop, student-athletes should see Mandi Bennett in Room 104 of the Clemente Center.