|| Athletic Student Life Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department is to inspire champions today and prepare leaders of tomorrow by providing opportunities and support for student-athletes to develop an appreciation for community service, skills for life and reach their highest academic potential.
The academic, resident life, and student life units of the Athletics Department support student-athletes through assessment, counseling and skill development services so they may balance their academic and athletic responsibilities and maximize their potential.
To graduate student-athletes at a level consistent with the University of Oklahoma student body.
To graduate all student-athletes who complete their eligibility at the University.
To graduate each team at a level consistent with or better than the University student body.
To meet the challenges of NCAA academic reform legislation.
To provide meaningful opportunities for service to the community.
To assess student-athletes academic skills and develop strategies for their success in the classroom.
To provide excellent resources and training to enhance student-athlete learning skills.
To enhance career development skills enabling student-athletes to understand their vocational interests and paths to realize their aspirations.
To provide the outstanding academic, personal, and career counseling to student-athletes.
To foster the development of student-athlete interest and opportunities in intercollegiate athletic administration.
To provide outstanding developmental experiences for residents of the Sooner Housing Center.
The Athletic Student Life staff also works diligently in several life skills areas as OU lives out the athletics department's motto of "Inspiring champions today...Preparing leaders for tomorrow." Recent awards and honors received by OU Athletic Student Life include:
NCAA CHAMPS/ Life Skills Program of Excellence Award
Awarded by Division IA Athletic Directors Association in recognition for the nation's innovative programs in support of student-athlete welfare
USA TODAY/NCAA Academic Achievement Award
Awarded to OU for registering the highest one year increase in student-athletes' graduation rates in the NCAA's top football playing Division 1A.