JSU Athletics Becomes 1 of 3 HBCUs to Earn Elite N4A Certification

Last Updated on May 27, 2023

N4A Certification: Collage of three successful Jackson State University Athletics programs - Women's Bowling, Men's Track and Women's Volleyball.Jackson State University is the first institution in the SWAC to receive from the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) a coveted certification granted only to schools that complete a rigorous evaluation process.

N4A Program Review & Certification

Nationwide, the 10-year certification has been extended to just 32 colleges and universities. In Mississippi, JSU and the University of Mississippi are the only two institutions to successfully complete the certification process. Jackson State is the third HBCU to achieve this benchmark, said Genese Lavalais, associate director of JSU Athletics for Academics/Senior Woman Administrator.

The highly sought-after certification is based on guidelines for academic support programs for student-athletes established by the N4A and was awarded following a review May 18-19 of institutional academic performance and support programs and conducted by Dena Freeman-Patton, deputy athletics director at California State University, Bakersfield, and Kenneth Miles, assistant vice chancellor of Academic Affairs and executive director at Louisiana State University.

JSU Athletics's Team Effort

Wheeler Brown, director of JSU Athletics, commended Lavalais and the entire team in Athletics for setting a goal and continuing to assert JSU’s academic leadership in the SWAC. ”This certification validates our program and confirms that we are committed to the success of our student athletes,” Brown added.

Genese Lavalais said she was most pleased with how the spirit of ‘One JSU’ played out in the review process.

“We didn’t rehearse before the site visit. We were transparent with the evaluators, and it was evident to them that we care about our students. All of our administrators, tutors, staff and coaches were on the same page,” Lavalais said.

“The dedication of our staff and the quality of our tutoring, personal development, community service and institutional support programs are a result of our administration’s concern for our student-athletes,” she concluded.

Other Institutions that have earned N4A Program Certification:

  • Arizona State University
  • Baylor University
  • Clemson University
  • Fairfield University
  • Georgia State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Liberty University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Marist College
  • Michigan State University
  • Norfolk State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Tennessee State University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • University of Washington

Source: Jackson State University

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