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ERIC Number: ED578661
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 139
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-0-3551-7275-1
The Significance of Family, Environment, and College Preparation: A Study of Factors Influencing Graduation and Persistence Rates of African American Males Playing Division I Basketball
Mitchell, Enzley, IV
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Concordia University Chicago
The purpose of this study was to identify specific external factors including family composition, pre-college environment, and college preparation that contribute to why some African American males playing basketball at the NCAA Division I level graduate and persist while others do not. Despite an aggressive advertising campaign from the NCAA touting the increase in graduation rates for all student-athletes, African American males still graduate at considerably lower rates. The first phase of this study involved gathering data from NCAA Division I male student-athletes administered by a web-based survey. Using the data from the survey enabled me to examine the differences in external factors before enrolling in college that may contribute to the lower graduation rate of African American male NCAA Division I basketball players. The results of this study aimed to address specific external factors for African American students before enrolling in college as student-athletes as well as educating faculty, coaches, and athletics administrators about these specific influences. Although the overall results of the multiple regression analysis in this study did not reveal major statistical significances regarding factors that enable some of these student-athletes' make satisfactory progress toward graduation from college, results from the survey for this study confirmed what previous research has found regarding the influence of family, environment, and pre-college preparation increase graduation rates for African American male student-athletes in Division I college basketball programs. Specifically, student-athletes who are second-generation college students of at least one family member who attended and/or graduated from college, have access to a strong African American male mentor, and attend a high school that genuinely has an interest in their academic success are most likely to graduate from college. [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: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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