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Factors that Influence the Academic Performance of NCAA Division I Athletes
Management Faculty Research
  • B. David Ridpath, EdD
  • John Kiger, ReD
  • Jennifer Y Mak, PhD, Marshall University
  • Teresa R. Eagle, EdD, Marshall University
  • Greg Letter, PhD
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Several academic and non-academic factors can influence the academic performance of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I athletes. Researchers have attempted to determine what non-academic variables might help to explain the college academic performance of college athletes. The non-cognitive variables of a strong support person or role model, involvement in the community, and positive self-concept positively predicted college academic performance. If influential role models do not care how the college athlete performs academically, the college athlete’s academics will suffer.

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Ridpath, B. D., Kiger, J., Mak, J., Eagle, T. & Letter, G. (2007). Factors that influence the academic performance of NCAA Division I athletes. The SMART Journal. 4(1): 59-83.