The National Collegiate Athletic Association recommends student athlete recruits be screened for academic preparation using high school grade point average (GPA) and college admission exam scores under the assumption these indicators will sufficiently predict college academic performance. In this study, the Student Athlete Pre-Screening Questionnaire (SA- PSQ) was developed based on a pre-existing measure of college readiness designed for high school students. The SA-PSQ allows for reliable and valid assessment of college readiness knowledge and skills that are aligned with the expectations of college faculty. Results of a discriminant function analysis revealed an optimal combination of 16 items that predict college GPA and probation status for current student athletes at two institutions (N = 216). Hierarchical multiple regression analyses showed these 16 items explained significant unique variance beyond typical precollege factors: gender, race, sport type (e.g., revenue/nonrevenue), high school GPA, and SAT scores. Implications for use in screening student athlete recruits for adequate academic preparation are discussed.
Lombardi, Allison; Conley Downs, Robyn; Downs, Andrew; and Conley, David
"Development of a College Readiness Screening Measure for Student Athlete Recruits,"
Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics: Vol. 5, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/jiia/vol5/iss1/4