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ERIC Number: EJ868422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0560
Institutional Ambitions and Athletic Conference Affiliation
Sweitzer, Kyle V.
New Directions for Higher Education, n148 p55-63 Win 2009
The athletic conference in which a university or college competes has meaning that extends beyond the playing field. Institutions generally desire to compete against others that are similar to them in profile, including their approach to athletics, as well as being in the same geographic region. The commonalities between and among institutions in a conference create a peer group useful in benchmarking, one that may even heighten competition between and among members. In this article, the author explores how the division and conference in which an institution competes has implications beyond athletics. The author examines how athletic affiliation links with institutional aspirations, including how institutions change divisions and conferences to better position themselves. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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