ERIC Number: ED296261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of a Study Skills Program for Student-Athletes.
Whitner, Phillip A.; Sanz, Donald L.
This document describes the Athletes Educational Planning Program (AEPP) developed by the University of Toledo Counseling Center to provide incoming freshmen male and female student-athletes with a traditional study skills program and to help student-athletes adjust to the academic rigors of a college environment. It explains the development and use of the Student-Athlete's Entrance Information Sheet, designed to collect specific academic information regarding the student-athletes' precollege academic performance and to classify student-athletes as to their academic risk. It discusses weekly program meetings, staff recruitment and training, program monitoring, and program evaluation. Evaluation results are presented which showing that low- and moderate-risk student-athletes who participated in the program had a higher mean grade point average (GPA) at the end of their first quarter than did student-athletes in the same two risk categories who did not participate in the program, while borderline and high-risk student-athlete program participants had a lower mean GPA than did borderline and high-risk nonparticipants. Program evaluation findings are reported, after 3 years of program operation, which suggest that traditional study skills alone do not adequately address the needs of student-athletes. The evaluation concludes that program planners must know the academic background of the target population and must incorporate flexibility into the basic program design. Sample questions are included. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes (Nashville, TN, January 6-9, 1988).