Golden Eagle student-athletes under- stand that achieving a quality education is the most important thing in their
collegiate life. However, with the demands
of each athlete’s athletic pursuits, balancing both is, at times, difficult to achieve.
Thankfully, the Southern Miss Student
Academic Enhancement Program (SAEP)
helps its student-athletes attain and maintain
that balance by providing quality academic
support services. The mission of the SAEP
is designed to give Golden Eagle athletes
needed support to assure that academic success is realistic, not only during the athlete’s
playing days, but also after his or her eligibility has expired.
• The SAEP emphasizes making the academic career at the university one of production, by counseling student-athletes in
a variety of areas, including course selection and degree plans.
• The SAEP also focuses on preparing the
student-athlete for life beyond graduation.
• Aided with the help of more than 30
tutors, the SAEP offers individualized
tutoring in all courses and an academic
center that includes a study hall and full
access computer lab.
• In addition, the SAEP also monitors NCAA
eligibility requirements for the student-athletes, ensuring participation in their
• Golden Eagle student-athletes also are
involved in a variety of individual and
group community service projects, along
with life skills programs that further develop the overall person.
• Over the last several years, the overall
GPA of the baseball team has steadily
increased each semester.
Former outfielder Marc
Bourgeois garnered CoSIDA
Academic All-America honors in
2011 for his work in the classroom as well as on the field.