ERIC Number: ED256272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Performance of Intercollegiate Athletes, University of California, Davis.
MacKenzie, Bonnie L.
The academic performance of intercollegiate athletes at the University of California (UC), Davis, was studied, using graduation rates and grade point average (GPA) as performance measures. Comparisons of academic performance of athletes and other UC Davis undergraduates were also made. Of 1,042 male athletes during 1970-1979, 63 percent were regular admission students, 13 percent were special admission students (had not met the university's admission requirements), and 24 percent were unclassified. It was found that graduation rates of the athletes were high. Of the regularly admitted athletes during 1968-1973, 79 percent graduated, compared to 62-66 percent of regularly-admitted male students who were not athletes. For specially-admitted students, 57 percent of male athletes graduated during the 6-year period, compared to 39 percent of male nonathletes. At the end of 2 years of college work, cumulative GPAs of the intercollegiate athletes were comparable to those of male students in general. Among the specially-admitted males, athletes had slightly higher grades than male students in general. Three sports had high percentages of specially-admitted students: football, basketball, and baseball. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Davis. Office of Student Affairs Research and Information.