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ERIC Number: ED323859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation of Faculty Perceptions of Athletics at Division 1A Universities.
Sherman, Thomas M.; And Others
The frequent occurrences of athletic scandals in colleges and universities prompted a study whose purpose was to examine faculty opinions about athletes at schools which compete at Division 1-A NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) schools. Specifically, the study sought to: (1) describe the opinions of academic faculty members of Division 1-A schools toward athletes; and (2) determine if a relationship exists between these faculty opinions and the quality of academic support student athletes receive at their respective institutions. Also, the study attempted to investigate the frequency and types of attempts to influence students athletes' grades. Eighteen institutions were selected and 1,350 faculty were given a 46-item questionnaire to assess their opinions; response rates ranged from 29% to 71%. The results showed that faculty largely rejected a major role in the academic welfare of athletes and were resolute in resisting pressure to provide special academic benefits. Though faculty appeared to believe they do have influence, evidence from the study indicated no apparent impact of faculty opinion on academic assistance for athletes at the institutions surveyed. Contains five references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A