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ERIC Number: ED547601
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 176
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-5752-3
The Impact of Winning Athletic Programs on College Admissions Applications and Profile at Small, Private, NCAA Division I Institutions
Lee, Timothy M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo
This study examined the relationship between successful athletic programs and admissions at small, private, NCAA Division I colleges. The premise of this project focused on the Flutie factor, which suggests that media coverage resulting from winning athletic programs leads to an increase in both applications for admission as well as a stronger and more academically prepared incoming class. By focusing on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, an NCAA Division I conference comprised entirely of medium-sized private institutions, and the conference institutions whose men's basketball team appeared in the NCAA Tournament, several findings emerged. First, those institutions that witnessed athletic success realized an increase in applications and SAT scores following their championship seasons. However, when compared to the rest of the conference, the champion institution often did not witness increases in applications or SAT scores that were significantly greater than the non-champion institutions. For institutions with consecutive championships or long-term winning programs, there is insufficient evidence that the athletic success impacts admissions. Finally, as shown in case studies, athletics is best used as a complementary instrument to an institution's long-term strategic plans. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)