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ERIC Number: ED520393
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 162
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-0628-8
Perceptions of Collegiate Student-Athletes' Programming Needs Based on Gender, Ethnicity, and Academic Class
Arvan, April Anita
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Northcentral University
Student-athletes are often disengaged in campus programming due to their academic and athletic commitments. Previous research explored various facets of student-athlete development, particularly academic development in relation to NCAA Division I student-athletes. The purpose of this quantitative, causal-comparative study was to determine student-athletes' perceptions of their needs for on-campus programming at Lakeland College, an NCAA Division III institution. The areas of programming were based on the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program commitment categories: (a) academic, (b) athletic, (c) career, (d) personal, and (e) service. This study was designed to explore student-athletes' perceptions of their needs for programming through a Student-Athlete Needs Assessment (SANA), and comparisons were made within sub-groups (gender, ethnicity, and academic class). A convenience sample of two hundred and twenty two student-athletes participated in the study. Independent samples "t"-tests were utilized to determine if differences exist in perceived needs within the subgroups for the five NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills programming categories. A "t"-test revealed that there was a significant difference between males' (M=2.10, SD=0.54) and females' (M=1.8, SD=0.49) perceptions of needs for academic programming, t (213)=4.03, p less than 0.05. There was also a significant difference found between males' (M=2.5, SD=0.63) and females' (M=2.3, SD=0.62) perceptions of needs for academic programming, t (213)=2.05, p less than 0.05. It is recommended that future researchers (a) conduct further studies representing a larger, more diverse population of NCAA Division III colleges and universities, (b) conduct a longitudinal study at the same college to provide more detailed information for campus faculty, administrators, and staff, and (c) conduct a qualitative study to describe student-athletes' perceptions of needs for on-campus programming. [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:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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