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ERIC Number: ED503241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
The Impact of Reclassification from Division II to DI-AA and from Division I-AA to I-A on NCAA Member Institutions from 1993 to 2003
Frieder, Laura L., Comp.; Fulks, Daniel L., Comp.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Recent years have seen a number of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II institutions seeking reclassification to Division I-AA and Division I-AA institutions moving to Division I-A. Yet, other schools that seem like natural candidates to reclassify have resisted. The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of the reclassification process on both the financial and non-financial well-being of the reclassifying institutions from 1993 to 2003. The authors discuss the differences between divisions, the reclassification process, and the perceived incentives for reclassification, and also address previous research validating and contradicting the perceived incentives for Division I membership in terms of financial wealth, enhanced stature, increased enrollment, higher academic standards for applicants, etc. Their analysis suggests that while revenues tend to increase after reclassification, they are subsumed by cost increases such that net profits decline for reclassifying institutions. Though evidence is provided of some increase in enrollment diversity, it is far from overwhelming. The authors conclude that the primary benefit of reclassifying is an unquantifiable perceived increase in prestige. Appended to this report is a Reclassification Timeline and a Reclassification from Division I-AA to I-A (Date). (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Collegiate Athletic Association
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