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About the Carbonell Center  

The Carbonell Center is home to The George Washington Athletics Educational Support Services and Life Skills Program. Established in 1983, the Educational Support Services Program was initially designed to provide support services to a small group of students. The program has expanded to include services for all student-athletes, with an emphasis on individual responsibility and pride in academic accomplishments. The Department of Athletics and Recreation employs five full-time staff members and 30-40 tutors to assist over 500 student-athletes. Through the support of the faculty and administration, the mandate of the Department of Athletics and Recreation, and the dedication of the student-athletes, the department claims a high graduation rate for all of its sports.

The GW Athletics Life Skills Program, as part of educational support services, focuses on creating a well-rounded student-athlete engaged as a leader in the GW community and beyond. Programming consists of community service, career services and leadership opportunities on and off campus for student-athletes.


Staff:

Name Position Telephone
(Area Code: 202)
Email Sport Responsibilities
Danya Ellman Assistant Athletic Director for Educational Support Services 994-2495 dellman@gwu.edu Baseball, Men's Basketball, Gymnastics
Ellen Carter Woodbridge Learning Specialist 994-6561 ecarter@gwu.edu Golf, Women's Rowing, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis
Courtney Hoffmann Academic Support Assistant 994-6585 choffmann@gwu.edu Softball, Women's Soccer, Men's & Women's Water Polo
Brian McDevitt Academic Support Assistant 994-8791 bmcdevitt@gwu.edu Sailing, Men's Soccer, Men's & Women's Squash
Shelby McKay Academic Support Assistant 994-9079 smckay2@gwu.edu Women's Basketball, Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving, Volleyball
Haley Rice Graduate Assistant 994-2699 hrice@gwmail.gwu.edu Men's & Women's Cross Country/Track, Lacrosse



Educational Support Services

The Department of Athletics and Recreation employs five full-time staff members and 30-40 tutors to assist over 500 student-athletes. Through the support of the faculty and administration, the mandate of the Department of Athletics and Recreation, and the dedication of the student-athletes, the department claims a high graduation rate for all of its sports.

Established in 1983, the Educational Support Services Program was initially designed to provide support services to a small group of students. The program has expanded to include services for all student-athletes, with an emphasis on individual responsibility and pride in academic accomplishments. Descriptions of these services are listed below.

Academic Counseling & Monitoring
The Academic Support staff is available for informal academic advising and counseling on classes and choices of majors. For official advising, students are routinely referred to the advisors in their departments.

Academic monitoring is provided for all student-athletes to track academic progress for NCAA eligibility as well as to assist students who may be experiencing academic difficulties. Progress reports are sent out 1-2 times a semester to all professors. Students who are considered "at risk" for academic difficulty may be required to meet weekly with an Academic Support staff counselor. A summary report of all credits and grades earned is given to the Athletic Director.

Assessment
Assessment is recommended and coordinated for student-athletes on a case by case basis. The methods vary, depending on the student involved. When more formal testing is necessary, the student is usually referred to Disability Support Services or the Counseling Center on campus. This office provides referrals for formal diagnostic testing, and assists students in following through with this process.

Study Hall
Coaches, in conjunction with the Academic Support staff, determine which of their students will attend study hall sessions. Freshmen, transfers and continuing students with a grade point average below a 2.7 may be required to attend study hours.

Individual and Group Tutoring/Review Sessions
Tutoring is offered in a wide variety of subject areas. The Academic Support Program interviews, hires, and supervises approximately 40-50 tutors; most of whom are graduate students. Most tutoring is conducted in a small group setting. However, individual tutoring is provided on a case by case basis. Students requesting assistance must submit a tutoring request form signed by their professors and then meet with an academic support advisor.

Review sessions are conducted for classes that student-athletes often take and that seem to present difficulty for many students. Courses such as Physics, Chemistry, Math, Statistics, Biology, Accounting, and Economics often fall into this category. Students should contact Academic Support Staff to sign up for assistance.

Learning Strategies Development
Learning strategies instruction is offered to students requesting assistance in this area. It includes several components: efficient and faster reading, reading comprehension, test taking skills and strategies for improved academic performance.

Writing Instruction
Writing instruction is provided on an individual basis. The instruction sequence begins with developing a clear thesis and continues with practice in extracting the material from the text to support the thesis. Outlines, discussions, rough drafts, instruction on the use of the library, as well as computer instruction, are part of the success of this approach. Students are also referred to The Writing Center at GW, where tutors are available for all students.

Referral to University Support Services
The Academic Support staff acts a referral service for student-athletes needing campus resources. Please see our "Academic Resources" page for links to other services.

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