Since its inception in 1979, Student-Athlete Academic Services has evolved from a two person, academic support office to a broad-based, nationally prominent student support services operation. Its purpose is to offer academic and personal support services to student-athletes to assist them to make timely and satisfactory progress toward their degrees.

Awarded a prestigious "Program of Excellence", the entire staff of experienced and dedicated professionals—athletic coordinators, retention staff and tutors, life skills educators and administrative staff--are committed to assisting students to become responsible, productive and well educated individuals, making the office's motto: "Today's Hawkeyes are Tomorrow's Leaders" a reality.