ERIC Number: ED202844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Educational Attainment and Collegiate Athletes: Intra-Group Analysis and Comparison to the General Student Population.
Purdy, Dean A.; And Others
The educational attainment of collegiate athletes recently has become a major concern. However, very little empirical research exists to substantiate any argument concerning the relationship between collegiate athletic participation and educational attainment. A study was undertaken at a major university to assess the extent of the athletes' educational progess at the institution. All athletes who participated in intercollegiate programs during a ten-year period were included in the sample (N=2088). The athletes' educational progress, measured by their grade point average and graduation rate, were compared to the general student population. The scores of athletes were found to be slightly lower than those of the general student population. Educational achievement was more likely among females than males, and among whites rather than blacks. Individual and nonrevenue-producing sports participants achieved higher educational attainment than did athletes from the major revenue-producing sports. The data refute the notion that athletic participation is detrimental to the educational process. Tables and charts contain information on the demographic and academic characteristics of the athlete and general school populations, and indicators of educational attainment by race, sex, level of athletic paricipation, and by sport. (Author/FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Boston, MA, April 15, 1981).