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ERIC Number: ED557008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 125
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3210-1233-0
A Study of the Factors That Predict Academic Success and Retention of Student-Athletes
Brecht, April A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Old Dominion University
Institutions across the country and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) are continuously looking for ways to improve the academic success and retention of students. Most research focuses on the use of cognitive factors as predictors; however, there has been an increase in the use of non-cognitive factors in this research. This study used logistical regression in the examination of non-cognitive, cognitive, and demographic factors as predictors of academic success and retention of Division I first-year student-athletes at a large, public, moderately selective, research extensive institution. The population consisted of 275 students who participated in 16 intercollegiate teams. The Transition to College Inventory provided non-cognitive data for each of the participants. The cognitive factors included high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores. The analysis also included the demographic variables of race, gender, socioeconomic status, and sport revenue status. The results indicate that the TCI Index, as well as self-confidence, institutional commitment and independent activity focus can assist in the prediction of academic success when used individually. However, high school GPA provides the best prediction. Retention is most accurately predicted by students' first year cumulative GPA. The results of this study show both similarities and differences with prior research, which indicates a need for further research related to the student-athlete population. Universities and the NCAA can use the results of this study to enhance the resources available to student-athletes designed to improve their academic performance and persistence. [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; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; SAT (College Admission Test)