With the advent of the Annual Progress in 2004, the assessment for athletic eligibility has shifted from individual measurements to aggregate outcomes among colleges and universities that participate in Division I athletics. Utilizing publicly-available data from the Fall 2011 media guides of 60 Division I football programs, the authors explored the prevalence of academic clustering among football student-athletes, extending the analysis of academic clustering across Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) automatic-qualifying (AQ) conferences. Additionally, the authors explored the relationship between organizational affiliation and academic clustering among football student-athletes. Across all FBS AQ conferences, evidence of academic clustering is prevalent and found among non-white football players at a higher rate than white football players. Findings provide further evidence of academic clustering among Division I football programs and new evidence of statistically significant correlations between the presence of academic clustering and university membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU), and conference membership.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education|
|State||Published - Jan 2 2017|
- intercollegiate athletics