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Academic Fit of Student-Athletes: An Analysis of Ncaa Division I-A Graduation Rates

Eric Ferris, Mark Finster and David McDonald
Research in Higher Education
Vol. 45, No. 6 (Sep., 2004), pp. 555-575
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40197361
Page Count: 21
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Academic Fit of Student-Athletes: An Analysis of Ncaa Division I-A Graduation Rates
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Abstract

Federal law mandates that universities reveal their graduation rates purportedly to inform policy makers and constituencies about efforts to support educational attainment for students and athletes. These rates are widely used to compare universities. Analysis of 10 years of graduation rates across all major athletic programs concludes that graduation rates alone are insufficient and misleading unless they account for the widely varying constituencies served by different universities. Constituency factors include university mission, admission restrictions, and institutional wealth. Universities with more selective admission policies graduate both students and athletes at higher rates, although their athletes graduate at lower rates, relative to their student cohorts. This research assesses: (1) athlete educational attainment, (2) the impact of athletic success and (3) the relationship between admission selectivity and educational attainment. The results provide implications for across-university policies and suggest a method for identifying universities that model the bifurcated goal of academic and athletic excellence.

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