Research Extra Point

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...

So, you’re telling me there’s a chance...

When we survey NCAA student-athletes about their expectations of moving on to professional athletics careers, the results indicate surprising confidence in that possibility. This is apparent in many sports (see table below), but most...

Percentage of births by month
The birthday effect in college athletics

Previous studies have noted elite athletes worldwide in sports including ice hockey, soccer, tennis and baseball have birth dates that cluster in certain periods of the year. It is believed this occurs because the oldest children in each...

Baseball student-athletes show significant academic improvement

Academic policy changes targeting baseball over the last 10 years have led to significant increases in Division I Academic Progress Rates (APRs) and Graduation Success Rates (GSRs) for the sport. APRs in baseball have risen steadily from...

Do NCAA student-athletes view themselves as students or athletes?

The majority of NCAA student-athletes (62% of women and 53% of men) very strongly identify as both students and athletes. In other words, it is clear student-athlete identity does not refer to a single continuum with high identity as a...

Division II median net athletics expense
Division II athletics expenses

What does it cost an institution to run a Division II athletics program? Turns out whether or not you sponsor the sport of football makes a substantial difference. The new 2013 Division II Revenues and Expenses Report reveals the following...

Graduation rates ­- Does a point matter?

The Division I Graduation Success Rate (GSR) has risen by more than 13% since 2002. That sounds impressive, but what does it actually mean? Since the average size of recent GSR cohorts is about 23,500 student-athletes, an increase of 1%...

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