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Author Ward, Lawrence P
Title The Patriot model: Intercollegiate athletics and institution-level decision-making
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Descript 151 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 72-07, Section: A, page: 2296
Adviser: Laurence Moneta
Thesis (Ed.D.)--University of Pennsylvania, 2011
Intercollegiate athletics has been a lasting and, at times, troubling part of the higher education landscape in the United States for the last 150 years. Much of that history has been characterized by consistent tension between athletic success and academic mission. Although a lot has been written about various aspects of intercollegiate athletics, less is known about how senior leaders make athletics-related decisions at institutions outside of the NCAA's power conferences or BCS automatic qualifier conferences. Accordingly, this qualitative research study explores how presidents, athletic directors, and other senior leaders at three Patriot League institutions interpret, organize, and fit major athletics-related decision criteria into an institution-level decision process. Specifically, this dissertation used a case study approach to examine (a) the level of intentionality used to align athletics within academic mission (b) the prioritization of varying campus perspectives about intercollegiate athletics and (c) the positioning of intercollegiate athletics as a strategic asset to achieve larger institutional goals
The study found that senior leaders at American University, the College of the Holy Cross, and Lehigh University shared a consensus view of athletics, foremost, as an alternative form of curriculum to educate and develop student athletes. Campus decision-makers also believed that intercollegiate athletics served important strategic objectives like increasing institutional visibility and engagement with current students and alumni among others. Nevertheless, athletics was kept in perspective in part by relatively moderate constituent opinions about intercollegiate athletics, an educational values-based evaluation of athletic departments, leadership from a trusted athletic director, and modest financial investments to avoid unnecessary competition with other academic priorities
Based on the strong influence of academic and educational values reflected in institution-level decisions, the study offers a positive assessment of the Patriot League's approach to balancing academic excellence with athletic achievement and provides recommendations for improving internal communication, specifically between faculty and athletic departments. The study's conclusions about the proper role of intercollegiate athletics at a selective academic institution are relevant to higher education scholars and practitioners, presidents, cabinet-level officers, and athletic department personnel
School code: 0175
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 72-07A
Subject Business Administration, Sports Management
Education, Higher Education Administration
Education, Physical
Education, Higher
Alt Author University of Pennsylvania
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