JACKSON, MS – On June 6-8, 2017, the staff of the academic enhancement center attended and graduated from the Professional Development Institute (PDI) as a part of the National Association of Academic Advisors (N4A) Conference.
The National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics approved the request for an HBCU track of their Professional Development Institute (PDI). Through this track the Institute seeks to reinforce and enhance knowledge regarding student-athlete support services by individuals who serve or are interested in serving HBCU’s.
“The purpose behind PDI is to create and maintain a learning community that transmits, creates and preserves the knowledge that defines the profession,” said German Bello, Assistant of Academics for Athletes here at Jackson State University. “A track specifically targeting the professional development of those employed at HBCU’s will insure we continue to train qualified individuals. It is a great honor for the SWAC, Jackson State Athletics and myself, to be able to collaborate with other faculty members and assist with training professionals in our industry. I am excited to share my experience and provide training for the next generation of advisors,” said Bello.
The Institute addressed such topics as:
- Monitoring Eligibility
- Academic Performance Rate (APR): The mechanics
- Academic Performance Rate (APR) Improvement Plans and Penalties
- Grant Writing and NCAA Grants
- “Everything” on a Budget
- Networking and Professional Development