ERIC Number: ED470547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Best Practices: Women's Athletic Development Programs in Texas and Other States.
Texas State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Under a legislative mandate, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board conducted a study of the "best practices" in women's athletic development programs at Texas public colleges and universities. The study was to focus on programs that offer outreach through summer camp experiences to high school girls to encourage them to participate in organized sports. Researchers reviewed the literature on the topic and examined the practices of a representative sample of Texas public institutions of higher education (four National Collegiate Athletic Association Division (NCAA) public universities). Research has shown that girls who play sports enjoy greater physical and emotional health and are less likely to engage in many risky health behaviors. The positive effects of sports on grades are particularly pronounced for Hispanic girls. Findings show that most Texas colleges and universities are performing community outreach to encourage girls and boys to participate in athletics and lead active lives. The best practices found in these institutions included: (1) offering multiple outreach efforts to girls of various ages; (2) having high rates of athletic participation and high graduation rates; (3) having an athletic director committed to promoting women's athletics; (4) having women in leadership roles in athletic departments; and (5) establishing a record of winning by several women's varsity teams. Appendixes contain the text of Texas Senate Bill 903, a table of NCAA Division 1 graduation rates, and 4 tables of graduation rates at the institutions studied. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Athletics, Ethnicity, Females, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Hispanic American Students, Outreach Programs, Public Colleges, Student Participation
For full text: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/UHRI/WAD10242002.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Note: Produced by the Division of Universities and Health-Related Institutions.