Forward Progress is the industry leader in academic performance.
Forward Progress is the industry leader in NCAA-related academics consulting, and has assisted numerous schools and individuals in navigating complex NCAA processes.
Forward Progress was founded in 2013 by John Shukie, former NCAA Director of Academic and Membership Affairs, and Maricela Shukie, former NCAA Coordinator of Student-Athlete Development. Kelly Brooks joined Forward Progress in 2014, after acting as a Director of Academic and Membership Affairs at the NCAA.
Together, Forward Progress’ employees have over 60 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, including time spent as student-athletes, coaches, on-campus administrators, conference officers and NCAA national office staff. It is this unique and diverse blend of skills that sets Forward Progress apart from others in the industry.
In just its first three years, Forward Progress has worked with over 40 NCAA institutions and many more individuals. Engagements have ranged from comprehensive reviews of academic support services to waivers on behalf of individual student-athletes. Forward Progress has set itself apart by providing work of exceptional quality, offering outstanding customer service and tailoring our services to the unique needs of our clients.
Forward Progress has been instrumental and invaluable in our APR success. We wouldn’t be where we are today without Forward Progress.
-Pete Garcia, Director of Sports and Entertainment
I liked the varied options Forward Progress provided in program topics and the ability for the ASC to tailor material for student-athletes and advisors attending our conference SAAC Leadership Retreat. Cela Shukie did a great job of presenting programming that not only introduced leadership and time management concepts, but her use of real-life examples and situations got the students thinking toward action for the SAAC, teams and themselves. The advisors-only session on Enhancing the Campus SAAC really engaged that group. Our experience with Forward Progress was a good one for students, advisors and conference staff.
-Amy Carlton, Commissioner
American Southwest Conference
We are most fortunate to be put in contact with John and Forward Progress. With amazing competence, expertise and professionalism, he was able to work with our specific needs and guide us through the NCAA approval process with success. Forward Progress is superb and their services are highly recommendable!
-Jaya Bhavnani, Director
Dwight Open World School