Academic Enrichment

Erika Rigby McCourt, Associate Director of CAPE - Athlete Academic Advisor

NJIT's Center for Academic and Professional Enrichment (CAPE) took on a new facet with the hiring of Erika Rigby, whose position as Associate Director of CAPE was created for the specific purpose of supporting the academic and professional enrichment of NJIT's student-athletes.

She focuses on five key areas: academic support, career development, personal development, leadership and community service including the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and CHAMPS Life Skills for NJIT's nearly 300 student-athletes in 19 intercollegiate sports.

Erika Rigby McCourt came to NJIT from Seton Hall University, where she was Associate Director of Academic Support Services for the Pirates athletic program from 2004 until taking her current post in the fall of 2007. At Seton Hall, she worked directly with men's basketball, women's soccer, women's volleyball and swimming, assisting in class scheduling, tests and tutoring sessions.

The Jersey City, NJ, native is working with her fourth Division I program in a career that began in 1997 at Northern Arizona, where she was director of the Academic Enrichment Program.

She returned to her hometown, serving as Academic/Athletic Coordinator at Saint Peter's College, where she was responsible for the academic progress of over 300 student-athletes in 20 sports, from 1999 to 2004.

Rigby McCourt holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Providence College, where she was an intercollegiate runner who earned Big East Conference all-academic honors.

She earned two master's degrees--one from Northern Arizona in educational leadership and one from Saint Peter's in administration and supervision--and she is pursuing her doctorate in higher education at Seton Hall.

A member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes, she is on the NCAA Initial Eligibility Waiver Committee.

She also worked in the office of former United States Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey.

NJIT's Center for Academic and Professional Enrichment, headed by Dr. Marybeth Boger, is a resource available to all students within NJIT's Student Services Division. It provides academic support services and activities to enhance students' academic and professional development.

The CAPE works together with academic and administrative departments to help students develop the necessary analytical and problem-solving skills to become independent learners.

CAPE provides individual tutoring sessions, group tutorial sessions, student success workshops and testing accommodations.


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