ERIC Number: EJ1037828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
An Investigation of Factors Relating to Retention of Student-Athletes Participating in NCAA Division II Athletics
Weiss, Stephen M.; Robinson, Tracey L.
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v44 n1-2 p83-104 Dec 2013
Most studies investigating retention of college students have broadly looked at the entire student population. Few attempts have been made to determine if there are specific issues related to the retention of student-athletes. Factors involved in retaining student-athletes were examined by surveying two groups of participants currently enrolled or previously enrolled at a college participating at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level. Student-athletes active in their sport and students no longer actively playing their sport were recruited. The survey consisted of 37 questions using a Likert Scale format as well as two open-ended questions. Eight areas related to retention were examined. Findings indicated that relationships with the head coach, satisfaction with the athletic department, team success, personal reasons, academic concerns, and player development were factors leading to retention or withdrawal from athletic participation. The findings of this study should aid college faculty, administrators, and coaches in their attempts to retain their student-athletes and also be helpful in recruiting practices related to this specific portion of the student body.
Descriptors: College Students, Athletes, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Student Surveys, Likert Scales, Satisfaction, Team Sports, College Athletics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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