Frequently Asked Questions
Where is The Achievement Center located?
The Achievement Center is located in the Forsythe Athletics Center, Room 239.
University Organizational Structure
Where does The Achievement Center fit in the Missouri State University organizational structure?
The Achievement Center reports to the Office of the Provost.
Hours of Operation
When is The Achievement Center open?
The Achievement Center is open according to the following schedule:
The Center is open until 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, but study hall hours stop at 3:00 so reports can be prepared. Some changes to this schedule do occur during finals week, university breaks, and holidays. Any changes are posted on signs in advance of the change
When do I register?
The registration schedule is determined by the university each semester. Student-athletes are privileged to have priority registration according to class. For example, student-athletes who are juniors register one day before the juniors in the regular student population. The same holds true for sophomores and freshmen. Seniors across campus register for classes on the same day.
Who do I talk to about my classes and/or my major?
Each team has an advisor in The Achievement Center. The advisors in The Achievement Center work with all student-athletes who have not yet declared a major. Once a major is declared, an advisor is assigned within that major. The student-athlete needs to see their advisor in their major first. The advisors in The Achievement Center will review the classes chosen with the major advisor to make sure the classes will fit with practice times and travel schedules.
Where do I register?
All student-athletes must register in The Achievement Center. The campus computer system has a code for each athletic team that "locks out" all other registration sites. Student-athletes are also "locked out" of the online registration system. There are so many NCAA regulations that must be monitored that the staff of The Achievement Center must be able to monitor all initial registrations and any changes of schedule that occur.
What do I do after I am registered?
Once you are registered for classes, you can access your class schedule online. If you have a scholarship that covers your tuition and fees, you should check with the Bursar's Office to make sure it has been applied. If you pay your own tuition and fees, there is a deadline by which you must pay a deposit of at least $60 at the Bursar's Office to hold your classes. If this deposit is not paid by the deadline, your class schedule will be deleted and you will have to re-register (and it is very likely that you will not get the classes you originally had scheduled).
Study Hall/Weekly Meetings
How are required study hall hours and weekly meetings determined?
Each semester, the staff of The Achievement Center works with each team's coach to determine who should be required to complete study hall hours and weekly meetings. Each coach has a different philosophy. Therefore, some teams will all have the same number of hours to complete while others are assigned on an individual basis.
When can I get my study hall hours done?
We realize that each individual studies best at different times of the day and that each week is different in terms of studying requirements. Because of this, we follow a more individualized approach to completing study hall hours. The Achievement Center is open from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Sundays, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Fridays. Student-athletes may clock in for study hall any time that The Achievement Center is open. However, all study hall hours must be completed within The Achievement Center's facilities (i.e. time spent studying in your room cannot be used for study hall time).
How are study hall hours recorded?
We use the Missouri State campus time-clock system. This is the same system used by all Missouri State employees who work on a per-hour basis. The student-athletes are responsible for clocking in and out of study hall each time they arrive and leave. The hours are stored in the computer system and reports are printed each Friday afternoon with the total hours completed for the week.
How can I find out how many study hall hours I have done so far this week?
Each person needs to keep track of his or her own accumulated hours. We do receive a report every Thursday morning that shows the accumulated hours from Sunday night through Wednesday night.
If I need help with a class, are tutors available?
Tutors are available to any student-athlete who requests assistance, even those student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility but are finishing a degree.
How do I get a tutor?
All you have to do is ask. For those student-athletes who are required to have weekly meetings, we find out about possible tutoring needs through the meetings. Other student-athletes only need to visit with their team's advisor or one of the other staff members and let us know that help is needed. We also post a list of our tutors each semester along with tutoring specialty, regular work schedule, and contact information for the tutor. If help is needed in a class other than those we already have tutors for, all we have to do is call the department and/or teacher to quickly find a tutor.
Do I have to pay my tutor?
Tutors are provided free-of-charge to the student-athletes. This is a service that is budgeted within The Achievement Center's annual budget.
Do I need to bring my own computer to college?
While it is nice to have your own computer, it is not necessary to go out and buy one. There are 22 computers available within The Achievement Center for the use of the student-athletes. There are also laptops that teams can check out for road trips. There are three main large computer labs on campus and each residence hall has a computer lab available for its residents.
If I have my own computer, will I be able to hook it up and use it in my room?
Yes. Each residence hall has one computer outlet per bed. In other words, a 4-person room/suite could have four different computers hooked up to the Missouri State computer network.