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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 2014 ESPN Top 100*, we found that 70% chose out-of-state colleges. However, about two-thirds of the Top 100 will attend college within 500 miles of home (Posted May 1, 2014).  Download the PDF:

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 in college life and develop a strong connection and sense of belonging to the overall campus community. Download the PDF: Does Athletics Enhance the Division III College Experience?

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 starkly in men’s basketball where 76% of Division I, 48% of Division II and 21% of Division III competitors believe they have a chance to play at the next level. (Posted December 12, 2013)  Download the PDF:

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 movement from school-to-school for research purposes can be difficult, but recent NCAA studies have done just that and uncovered some interesting findings. (Posted November 12, 2013)  Download the PDF:  Tracking Transfer in Division I Basketball

Graduation rates ­— Does a point matter?

The Division I Graduation Success Rate (GSR) is up a point this year and has risen 8% since 2001. That sounds impressive, but what does it actually mean?  (Posted October 24, 2013)  Download the PDF:  Graduation Rates - Does a Point Matter?

The birthday effect in college athletics

Do we see any evidence that this effect persists into college? Yes, in certain sports. The birthday effect is more pronounced for men than women, and is especially conspicuous in men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s tennis, baseball and softball. (Posted October 4, 2013)  Download the PDF:  The Birthday Effect in College Athletics

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. (Posted September 11, 2013)  Download the PDF:  Division II Athletics Expenses

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 student at one end and high identity as an athlete at the other.  Rather, these identifications occur independently and non-exclusively. (Posted August 27, 2013)  Download the PDF: Do NCAA Student-Athletes View Themselves as Students or Athletes?

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. (Posted June 21, 2013)  Download the PDF:  Baseball Student-Athletes Show Significant Athletic Improvement