Silicon Valley Notebook


This study examined the effects of gendered sports programs on the academic success of college athletics using data from the 2003-2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) survey and interviews with six athletic professionals. Data for the 2003-12 periods were disaggregated into two groups, 2003-2010 and 2011-2012, to capture the potential relevance of the Academic Progress Rates revisions made by NCAA in 2011. Programs that reported higher academic success rates received public recognition and fewer penalties. However, only larger male sports programs had lower academic success rates. Private, rather than public, institutions received more public approbation and had better academic success. These findings, not only illustrated the Structural Conflict and the manifest-latent dysfunctional (Merton) nature of collegiate athletics, but also added to literature in the sociology of collegiate sports.