ERIC Number: ED095803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Sep-21
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Academic Achievement of Athletes at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Volume XIV, Number 5.
Larsen, Suzanne W.
This document reports on a study undertaken to compare the academic achievement of athletes, identified as members of University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) intercollegiate teams, with that of male students not engaged in intercollegiate sports. Academic achievement was measured by the cumulative grade-point average (GPA) for spring quarter, 1973. In addition, an analysis of persistence to graduation was undertaken for similar groups of freshmen athletes and for a sample of male students for the years 1965 and 1968. Results indicated the mean GPA for male athletes for the spring quarter, 1973 was slightly less than the mean GPA for male undergraduates for the entire university and for each college except Agriculture, where the athletes involved had a slightly higher average. Also the average ACT Composite score for male athletes was slightly less than for that of all male entering freshmen in each of the years 1968 through 1972. For the 1965 male student sample in this study, the rate of persistence to graduation was 51 percent, with 4 percent still in school; the rate for the 1968 sample was 40 percent with 14 percent still enrolled. The educational progress of these small groups of students indicates that the 4-year time span to receive a bachelor's degree or its equivalent is perhaps not the best indication of persistence for either the athlete or any other male undergraduate. (MJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Office of Institutional Research.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee