ERIC Number: ED478782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May
Improving Student Athlete Academic Success and Retention.
Hobneck, Cheryl; Mudge, Linda; Turchi, Mary
This study examined a program to improve the academic success and retention of student athletes at a target community college in central Illinois. The problem of academic success and retention was identified through use of document analysis, surveys, and interviews. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that varied perceptions of student athletes exist within the academic and athletic communities. Student athletes view themselves as being as successful academically as they are athletically. However, faculty perceive student athletes as primarily concerned with athletics, and that they lack academic skills needed to succeed. A review of solution strategies suggested in the literature, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in the selection of three interventions: (1) completion of educational development plans, (2) enrollment in a life skills course, and (3) examination of progress reports. Post intervention data indicated that most athletes were responsible students. The combination of a life skills class and the diligent use of progress reports aided in the academic growth of athletes. Appended are notes from a forum on student athletes, the faculty and student athlete surveys, and a blank copy of an educational development plan for athletes. (Contains 46 references.) (RC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Professional Development Field-Based Master's Program.