ERIC Number: ED280527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar-23
Reference Count: 0
Two-Year Intercollegiate Athletics: Student Eligibility, National Governance, and CEO Involvement.
McAninch, Harold; And Others
In 1986, a survey of 969 two-year college chief executive officers (CEO's) was conducted to determine the extent of the colleges' involvement in intercollegiate athletics, National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and athletic conference memberships, perceptions of NJCAA's new eligibility rules, institutional eligibility requirements, the CEOs' involvement with the athletic program, and perceptions of the need for a national governance structure. Study findings, based on a 57% response rate, included the following: (1) 67% of the colleges had either men's or women's intercollegiate programs with varying numbers of sports; (2) 81% were members of the NJCAA, and 89% belonged to at least one athletic conference; (3) only 25% of the CEO's felt the new rules were an improvement, while 56% said they were worse; (4) 75% felt academic progress standards should be computed on a term rather than an annual basis to determine athlete eligibilty; (5) 48% disagreed that part-time students should be eligible for athletics and 44% agreed; and (6) 66% felt that future eligibilty rules should be more stringent, 25% felt they should stay the same, and 10% were either undecided or indifferent. Based on study findings, recommendations were developed, focusing on such areas as joint efforts by the NJCAA and the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges to obtain greater CEO involvement in policy oversight; the formation of a National Advisory Board of CEO's to the NJCAA; the formation of a single national athletics governance structure for all two-year colleges; the incorporation of standards of academic progress into eligibility requirements; and the monitoring of part-time student athletes. The survey instrument and results by region are appended. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Report prepared by the Ad Hoc Intercollegiate Athletics Committee.