The purpose of this preliminary study was to examine the opinions of athletic directors, faculty athletic representatives, senior women administrators, and head coaches regarding the impact of the academic performance rate (APR) in intercollegiate athletics. The participants of the study returned a total of 127 questionnaires, but only 75 were used due to non-responsive or incomplete answers to questions. The participants were asked one open-ended question about the impact of the APR in intercollegiate athletics. The data was analyzed for common themes and results found that overall, 64% of the participants felt the APR will have a positive impact on college athletics. The respondents felt the APR will help improve the graduation rates of student-athletes as well as make head coaches more accountable for the type of student-athlete being recruited. On the other hand, 32% of the respondents felt the APR will have little or no impact on intercollegiate athletics and were very critical of athletic reform as a whole. This inquiry was pursued in an effort to understand how these views may influence the implementation of the APR and, in the broader sense, future athletic reform.
Christy, Keith; Seifried, Chad; and Pastore, Donna L.
"Intercollegiate Athletics: A Preliminary Study Examining the Opinions on the Impact of the Academic Performance Rate (APR),"
Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics: Vol. 1, Article 12.
Available at: https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/jiia/vol1/iss1/12