Research Extra Point

The True “One-and-Done” Problem in Division I Men’s Basketball

Since 2006, when the NBA made high school players ineligible for the NBA Draft, there has been continuous discontent expressed about college basketball’s “one-and-done” problem. However, only 8 college frosh have been drafted on average each year since 2007 (11 was the maximum in 2008). Nearly two-thirds of the one-and-done NBA draftees since 2010 were early departures from just six schools—Kentucky (13), Kansas (4), Duke (3), Texas (3), Arizona (2) and UCLA (2).

The numbers show that the real destabilizing force in Division I men’s basketball is transfer behavior. About 20% of all...

Come and Knock on Our Door

For better or worse, living arrangements profoundly impact every student’s college experience.  Because compatibility with roommates is recognized as a key factor in academic success, college satisfaction, mental well-being and transfer decisions, the days of randomly assigning roommates are over at many colleges.

Playing it Forward: Commitment to Service Among Student-Athletes

Being an NCAA student-athlete is demanding in terms of both time and energy.  So, you might excuse them for focusing solely on sport and school during college.

Tracking transfer in Division I Men’s Basketball

National data indicate that many of today’s college graduates transfer at some point on their way to a degree.  This is true among student-athletes (SAs) as well, and may be most visible in Division I men’s basketball (MBB).

Tracking Division I Graduate Transfers

Division I student-athletes who earn a bachelor’s degree prior to exhausting their athletics eligibility may go on to compete as graduate students for another school provided they meet certain criteria (NCAA Bylaw 14.6.1) or obtain an NCAA waiver...

The first in their family

In the most recent NCAA GOALS study, 18% of student-athletes reported being first-generation college students (defined here as neither parent having attended college). Who is most likely to be a first-generation student-athlete? Division...

If I could change one thing about my student-athlete experience...

Recently we published a word cloud that displayed how a national sample of NCAA student-athletes described the best part of their college experience . The NCAA GOALS survey also included an opportunity for student-athletes to comment on...

The best part of my student-athlete experience is...

The 2010 NCAA GOALS survey gave student-athletes an open-ended opportunity to complete that sentence. This word cloud highlights the 75 most commonly used words 12,000 NCAA student-athletes included in their responses. The most frequently...

Oh, the places they will go...

With the top prospect (A’ja Wilson) of the 2014 women’s basketball recruiting class recently choosing to stay close to home to play college ball, we decided to examine the relocation distances of elite women’s basketball recruits Among the...

Does athletics enhance the Division III college experience?

Nearly one-quarter of students who attend Division III colleges participate in NCAA athletics. An important part of the mission of the division is to ensure that these student-athletes have a comprehensive college experience, engage fully...

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