Indiana University recruits and develops student-athletes who are: able people of integrity who play by the rules; reach their highest academic potential and earn Indiana University degrees; reach their highest athletic potential and win championships; are unselfish leaders and teammates; represent IU with passion, appreciate, respect and distinction; are positive, responsible, inclusive and integrated with the University; and want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. We call it The Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team. To help ensure that we meet the promise of The Spirit of Indiana, we have established The Indiana University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Excellence Academy.
The Excellence Academy is the nation's most innovative and comprehensive student-athlete development program. It is unique in its integration of athletic department and University resources to assess, measure and ensure progress toward achieving academic, athletic performance and personal development goals.
The Excellence Academy fully integrates athletic department services including: assessment, academic, strength and conditioning, leadership and life skills, health and wellness, sports nutrition, sport psychology and technology. These athletic department services are combined with cutting-edge resources from other parts of the University including the School of Public Health, the Office of the Provost (Chief Academic Officer), the School of Education, among others.
These services are integrated through the Excellence Academy/Connect24 portal, where student-athletes, coaches, administrators and support staff are able to access information pertinent to ensuring individual student-athletes progress toward academic, athletic performance and personal development goals. This website is housed through OnCourse, the University's online collaboration and learning environment. Placed within OnCourse is Connect24, technology developed by the athletic department to further facilitate the services provided to each individual student-athlete. Through the technology utilized and developed by the Excellence Academy/Connect24 portal, student-athletes are able to have 24/7, worldwide access to individual profiles and resources available to them.