Title

From Kickoff to Commencement: The Positive Role of Intercollegiate Athletics In Higher Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2005

Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between a university's football heritage and its freshman retention and graduation rates. Our findings of a positive and significant relationship between a university's football success and both of these educational measures supports the hypothesis that athletics serve the institution's academic mission and provides students with a respite from the psychic costs associated with college life. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Economics of Education Review

Volume

24

Issue

1

First Page

97

Last Page

102