Date of Award

Fall 2023

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies

First Advisor

James Kirylo


Athletics can have a profoundly positive impact on high school students and can be an avenue for the athletes to attend college. However, some athletes struggle to cope with the demands of athletics and this is especially true for Black male athletes who are already members of a historically marginalized community. The purpose of this study is to examine the support that the Academic Success Center (ASC) offers for students and its impact on their academic outcomes and self-efficacy. A mixed methods data analysis revealed three themes: positive impact on academic outcomes, positive impact on self-efficacy and student frustration with perception. As a result of the support offered in the ASC the students were able to improve academic outcomes and self-efficacy, but were consciously frustrated with the way that they were being perceived by their teachers.


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