Assistant Athletic Director Gabe Rosenvall oversees the Academic Services program for the Boise State Athletic Department, with a major hands on focus with Bronco football. Rosenvall and his staff of four full-time academic advisors are house in the PRECO Learning Center within the Athletic Department, with year round student-athlete development in the academic and life skills area. The Bronco football academic plan is an aggressive one, pushing each student-athlete as hard in the classroom as on the football field.
The concept is based on a Nine Semester graduation plan (four and a half years) for all incoming freshman. In outlining the plan, the academic staff, Coach Petersen, the individual position coach and the student-athlete are all united in the number of credits needed each semester in order to achieve graduation within that time window. In most instances, this plan allows the student-athlete to finish their football eligibility at the same time they receive their degree, giving them a perfect opportunity to take that next step in life. Each first year player is required to attend daily a one hour study hall in the PRECO Learning Center, where a member of the academic services staff is on hand to answer questions and help the student-athletes organize their time and prepare for the next day’s classes.
Academic advisors and members of the Bronco coaching staff are also in frequent contact with professors and teachers on campus, and each student-athlete is required to do an academic scorecard with their position coach during the semester. This program has helped Boise State football achieve the following results, highlights that are as impressive as the conference championships and bowl wins on the field: