ERIC Number: ED311942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
San Joaquin Delta College Student Athlete Study.
Lewis, Merrilee R.; Marcopulos, Ernest
In spring 1988, a study was conducted of students who participated in college athletics at San Joaquin Delta College (SJDC) between 1983-84 and 1987-88. Data collected on each student athlete included ethnicity, sport, place of residence, initial and current reading level, total grade point average (GPA), GPA in athletics and physical education (PE) courses, GPA excluding these courses, total units completed, and number of units completed excluding PE and athletics. Where possible, the student athletes were compared with the student population as a whole. Major findings of the study, based on information on a total of 798 male athletes and 265 female athletes, included the following: (1) Black students comprised between 12% and 17% of the athletes, but only 5% to 6% of the total student population; (2) Asian students were underrepresented among student athletes; (3) at least 80% of the student athletes came from the SJDC District; (4) 25% of the student athletes who enrolled in 1983 completed an associate degree, and 81% of them completed at least 30 units; (5) the GPA for student athletes averaged between 2.54 and 2.61 over the study period, though without PE and athletic grades their GPA dropped to 2.08 to 2.21; (6) PE and athletic units accounted for 16% to 23% of the athletes' total units; and (7) the athletes' reading assessment scores were comparable to those of SJDC students as a whole. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Joaquin Delta Coll., Stockton, CA.