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Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

What is a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee? 

A Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight into the student-athlete experience on our respective campuses as well as within the Little East Conference. The SAAC also offers input into the rules, regulations and polices that affect student-athletes on their own campuses as well as at the Conference and National levels.

At the National level, there are separate National Student Athlete Advisory Committees for NCAA Divisions I, II and III. NCAA legislation mandates that all member institutions have a SAAC on their respective campuses. Further, NCAA legislation requires that all member conferences have a functioning Student Athlete Advisory Committee as well. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Little East Conference Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity for all student-athletes; protecting student-athlete welfare; fostering a positive student-athlete image; providing a forum for student-athletes throughout the LEC and NCAA, as well as, promoting a spirit of camaraderie by modeling positive sportsmanship while maintaining the tenants of the Division III philosophy. 

LEC SAAC Guiding Principles

The Little East Conference SAAC will strive to develop a collective voice within the guise of the following principles: ethics, athletic integrity, fairness and a respect for sport and the tenets of diversity, which, shall include race, culture, sexual orientation, ethnicity, language, gender and disability.

Composition of Committee

The Little East Conference Student Athlete Advisory Committee shall consist of 18 members, including two representatives from each full-time member institution and the Chair and Vice-Chair.  Each member institution may also elect an alternate conference SAAC representative who may sit in for a regular delegate at conference meetings if necessary.  Sport specific member institutions will not have representation on the Little East Conference SAAC.  Member institutions should make every effort to elect one male and one female representative to the Conference SAAC, one of whom should be an ethnic minority if possible, but ultimately it is up to the Director of Athletics on each respective campus who will represent them on the LEC SAAC.

Student Career & Leadership Resources

Undergraduate Resources

NCAA Leadership Development Home Page

NCAA Career in Sports Forum
The Career in Sports Forum, an annual educational forum hosted by the NCAA, brings together 200 selected student-athletes to learn and explore potential careers in sports, with the primary focus on college athletics.

NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum
The NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum engages a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators. 

NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program | Application deadline: Sept. 14, 2018 at 5 p.m. Eastern

The NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program annually provides on-the-job learning experiences at the national office in Indianapolis to college graduates who are passionate in their pursuit of a career in college sports administration. 

NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) represents the Division III student-athlete voice in the Division III governance structure by reviewing legislation; identifying significant student-athlete issues; implementing national student-athlete based initiatives; encouraging community outreach; and enhancing Division III student-athlete involvement in and understanding of Division III in general. The SAAC is also the committee that is primarily responsible for maintaining and coordinating the division’s nationwide partnership with Special Olympics.  

CoSIDA's Fred Nuesch Scholarship, Dave Wohlhueter Scholarship, and CoSIDA Scholarship
CoSIDA designed these scholarships to assist outstanding students in sports information/media relations/athletic communications offices who have expressed an interest in pursuing a career in the profession and require financial assistance for their education.

Post-Graduate Resources

NCAA Graduate Assistants and Internship Home

NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar
The Emerging Leaders Seminar (ELS) is an annual professional development event providing effective leadership, educational and transitional programing for more than 200 current graduate assistants and interns from NCAA membership institutions, conference offices and affiliate organizations. 

NCAA and Women Leaders in College Sports Women’s Leadership Symposium
The NCAA and Women Leaders in College Sports Women's Leadership Symposium (WLS) is developed for women aspiring to, or just beginning a career, in college athletics.

NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program
The NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program annually provides on-the-job learning experiences at the national office in Indianapolis to college graduates who are passionate in their pursuit of a career in college sports administration. 

NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority & Women's Internship Grant Program
The NCAA provides grant funding to Division III members committed to enhancing ethnic minority and gender representation in athletics administration.

CoSIDA's Wylie Smith Postgraduate Scholarship, Langston Rogers Postgraduate Scholarship, and CoSIDA Postgraduate Scholarship
CoSIDA Postgraduate Scholarships are designed to assist outstanding aspiring graduate students in sports information/media relations/athletic communications offices who have expressed an interest in pursuing a career in the profession and require financial assistance for their postgraduate education.

NACDA Internships
The NACDA internship program has provided opportunities for more than 190 college students and graduates who are aspiring collegiate athletics administrators. NACDA interns hail from all over the United States, as well as a few international students, who commit to the year-long internship.

Women Leaders in College Sports Marketing Internship
Women Leaders in College Sports provides educational programming, professional and personal development opportunities, information exchange and support services to promote the growth and leadership of women as administrators, coaches and student-athletes. Women Leaders serves nearly 3,000 members representing more than 600 institutions nationwide.