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ERIC Number: ED517340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 155
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-6698-1
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The Impact of Intercollegiate Athletics on Undergraduate Enrollment at a Small, Private, Southern, Faith-Based Institution
Brunet, Matthew J.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Union University
Based on previous research, it is apparent that many National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I institutions benefit from the existence of and success in intercollegiate athletics. However, there are few, if any, studies that have researched the impact of intercollegiate athletics at National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) institutions. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of intercollegiate athletics at a small, private, Southern, faith-based institution, affiliated with the NAIA. More specifically, does success in, or the existence of, intercollegiate or intramural athletics have an effect on students' decisions to enroll at this institution? The dependent variable was the decision of freshmen students to enroll at the institution. Independent variables included the existence of intercollegiate athletics, success in intercollegiate athletics, and the existence of intramural athletics. The sample group was comprised of 239 freshmen students at the institution. Nine additional questions were added to the 2009 Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey to explore the relationship between intercollegiate and intramural athletics and the decision to enroll at the institution. Findings indicated that the majority of freshmen student participants were not considerably influenced by the existence of intercollegiate athletics or the existence of successful intercollegiate athletics when deciding to attend the institution. However, there were significant relationships between certain demographic variables and the importance placed on intercollegiate athletics. Furthermore, findings indicated that the majority of freshmen student participants were not considerably influenced by the existence of intramural athletics when deciding to attend the institution. However, there were significant relationships between certain demographic variables and the importance placed on the existence of intramural athletics. These findings indicate the need for similar institutions to reevaluate the importance placed on and benefits derived from intercollegiate and intramural athletics. Further research examining additional institutions, as well as upperclassmen, faculty, staff, boosters, donors, and alumni would allow researchers to discover the impact of intercollegiate and intramural athletics across a broader spectrum. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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