The Education of College Student-Athletes

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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Educational performances of various types of male student-athletes participating in football and basketball at an NCAA Division I school are compared for each enrollment period during one academic year. These comparisons indicate three basic patterns of educational performance, patterns that involve the differential use among these student-athlete types of extra semesters as well as letter grade and credit hour changes in order to meet eligibility requirements. Meeting eligibility requirements is a year-round struggle for one fourth of the student-athletes studied. We conclude with some suggestions for additional research on student-athlete education.

Direct all correspondence to Richard M. Brede, Department of Sociology, Waters Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.
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