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ERIC Number: ED548299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 263
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-9188-9
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Academic Persistence of International Student-Athletes at NCAA Division I Institutions
Kitsos, Jayne M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, New York University
This study examined academic support programs and personnel that contributed to international student-athlete academic persistence at the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I level. The purpose of the study was to identify athletic academic personnel's explanations for the academic persistence of NCAA Division I international student-athletes and identify institutional academic support practices described by athletics academic personnel as important to international student-athlete persistence. Analysis of NCAA Division I graduation rate data published between 2000 and 2009 confirmed that international student-athletes graduate at statistically significant higher rates than domestic peers. Surveys and telephone interviews with athletic academic personnel with responsibilities to international student-athletes were used to identify the type and number of academic support programs used by international student-athletes and gather explanations for their persistence towards degree. Overall, the NCAA Division I institutions that participated in this study did not provide special academic support programs designed specifically for international student-athlete. Rather, the international student-athletes maximized use of the academic support programs offered exclusively for student-athletes, as well as university-wide services. In addition, student-athlete academic support personnel forged meaningful professional relationships with international student-athletes that aided in a successful academic adjustment to college that contributed to persistence. These findings resulted in recommendations to NCAA Division I academic support personnel for improvement of academic support programs for student-athletes. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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