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ERIC Number: EJ830714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0951-354X
Monitoring Student Engagement for Intercollegiate Athletics Program Review
Symonds, Matthew L.
International Journal of Educational Management, v23 n2 p161-171 2009
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine the impact that athletics participation in both revenue and non-revenue intercollegiate sport had on the engagement of students as measured by the "National Survey of Student Engagement." In addition, the study reported results to the institution's athletics department for application as a tool for program review. Design/methodology/approach: The study employed a factorial design using self-reported data from a cooperating institution. The independent variables examined were participation in intercollegiate athletics (athletes vs non-athletes) and the sport type (revenue sports vs non-revenue sports). Measures of student engagement were the dependent variables in the study. Findings: Descriptive analysis revealed that athletes were as engaged as their non-athlete peers and suggested that revenue sport participants were not as engaged as their non-revenue sport counterparts. Univariate ANCOVA analyses uncovered significant differences between both categories of independent variable--athletes/non-athletes and revenue/non-revenue sport participation. Research limitations/implications: The study was limited by the degree to which all participants answered the questions in the "National Survey of Student Engagement" honestly and accurately. Since athletics participation is determined by self-selection, inherent differences among athletes and non-athletes may exist and were not explored in the study. Practical implications: Through examination of institutional data, athletics practitioners may gain information to guide policy and practice. Originality/value: The study illustrates how institutions may capitalize on institutional research data to evaluate, review, and improve specific programs. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement