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ERIC Number: ED536276
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 52
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
The Academics Athletics Trade-off: Universities and Intercollegiate Athletics
Denhart, Matthew; Villwock, Robert; Vedder, Richard
Center for College Affordability and Productivity (NJ1)
Since beginning in 1852, few issues in higher education have captivated Americans as much as intercollegiate athletics. Intercollegiate athletics is almost uniquely American. Each year, millions of fans attend games and matches between student athletes who provide fans with entertainment while helping bind together communities. Proponents of college athletics point to other benefits such as enhancing a school's visibility on a national level and providing opportunities for athletes to develop leadership, teamwork and other traits that add to human capital upon graduation. Despite some benefits, intercollegiate athletics has many critics as well. Some critics argue that coaches and sports administrators denigrate academics and overemphasize the importance of sports. The debates about intercollegiate athletics have been growing for over a century and seem to be exacerbated by an inability to fully quantify its costs and benefits. The main focus of this study will be the 119 Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools. The Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) is the most scrutinized and regulated division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Regulations are imposed on these schools in a variety of areas, including the number of varsity sports, football attendance mandates, scheduling requirements, and financial-aid minimums to name a few. This analysis focuses on several key issues in the FBS. The intrinsic benefits of athletic programs are discussed in the first section. Trends in graduation rates and academic performance among athletes and how they correlate with the general student body are discussed in the second section. Finally, an overview of the revenues and expenses of athletic department budgets are discussed in an effort to gain a better understanding of the allocation of funds to athletics. Regression Output: Athletic Success as a Factor in Explaining Starting Salary is appended. (Contains 28 figures, 5 tables, and 77 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP)