Racial Differences in Faculty Perceptions of Collegiate Student-Athletes’ Academic and Post-Undergraduate Achievements

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Eddie Comeaux University of Kentucky

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This study employed critical race theory (CRT) as an interpretive framework to explore faculty members’ perceptions about Black and White U.S. college student-athletes’ academic and post-undergraduate accomplishments. Using photo elicitation method, randomly assigned faculty participants responded to a photo and vignette of a student-athlete by race. Results indicated that some faculty held differential feelings toward Black and White student-athletes with respect to their academic and post-undergraduate accomplishments. Such feelings were less favorable for Black male and female student-athletes as compared with their White counterparts. The implications of these findings should be discussed among faculty, student affairs leaders, coaches, and others who frequently interact with student-athletes and are committed to creating more equitable educational environments for all students.

Comeaux is with the Kinesiology Department, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.

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