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ERIC Number: EJ882229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
Football and Freshmen Retention: Examining the Impact of College Football on Institutional Retention Rates
Jones, Willis A.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v11 n4 p551-564 2009-2010
Student retention has been one of the more researched topics in the study of American higher education over the past 20 years (Braxton, Hirschy, & McClendon, 2004; Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005). Very little of this research, however, has attempted to examine the impact of college athletics on an institution's ability to retain students. This study examined the relationship between institutional support of college football (as measured by attendance at home football games) and freshmen retention at NCAA Division 1A and 1AA colleges and universities. Findings indicated that, after controlling for various factors associated with student retention, attendance at home football games was positively and significantly related to an institution's freshmen retention rate. Football game attendance was more significant, however, at Division 1A institutions as compared to Division 1AA institutions. (Contains 3 tables and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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