ERIC Number: EJ868451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 15
Faculty Perceptions of Intercollegiate Athletics
Lawrence, Janet H.
New Directions for Institutional Research, n144 p103-112 Win 2009
In 1989, John S. and James L. Knight established the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. Although it has no regulatory authority or oversight responsibilities, the Knight Commission's periodic reports are widely read and taken into account by decision-making bodies. Beginning in 1991, the Knight Commission called for greater faculty involvement in the reform of intercollegiate athletics. These calls were joined by appeals from faculty athletics reform groups, such as the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) and the Drake Group. In 2006, the Knight Commission agreed to host a national meeting, a faculty summit, with an agenda focused on ways faculty might foster and maintain balance between academics and athletics. During the planning process, it became clear that data were needed to ascertain how faculty understand the relationship between college sports and other campus activities, as well as their interest in joining reform initiatives. This chapter provides glimpses into the development of a survey undertaken as part of the summit and offers select findings regarding faculty perceptions of how intercollegiate athletics are governed on their campuses. Recommendations for institutional research are also proposed.
Descriptors: College Athletics, Institutional Research, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Change, Decision Making, Surveys, Governance, Academic Achievement, Athletes, Interviews, Sampling
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