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Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development


The purpose of this study was to investigate student-athlete perceptions of the academic resources and support staff within stand-alone athletic academic centers. An online survey was completed by 196 NCAA Division-I student-athletes at two private institutions in the Northeast and one public institution in the Midwest. Results showed both public and private institution student-athletes preferred receiving advising related to their academics from either an academic or faculty advisor instead of their athletic advisor. Additional results show senior student-athletes questioning the career planning resources available to them, private student-athletes perceiving a lack of resources, and public student-athletes perceiving greater hindrances by their athletic academic center. The findings also suggest student-athletes become less satisfied with the career exploration and planning services offered by their respective athletic academic centers as they progress towards their degree. This study reinforces concerns raised by Astin (1984) Student Involvement Theory, which discusses caution about an environment isolating student-athletes from other college students.


This article was originally published in the open access Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, volume 7, in 2014.

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Huml, Matthew R., Meg G. Hancock, and Matthew J. Bergman. "Additional Support or Extravagant Cost? Student-Athletes' Perceptions on Athletic Academic Centers." 2014. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics 7: 410-430.