An assessment of academic support services for student athletes at community colleges in the state of Texas
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The purpose of the study was to determine which institutions provide academic support services to student-athletes at Texas community colleges and to determine whether student-athletes are using the services. Part two of the study was designed to develop some generalizations that would enable community colleges in Texas to better understand the pattern of use by student-athletes. To facilitate the purpose of the study the answers to the following questions were sought. Question #1. Are academic support services provided to student-athletes in Texas community colleges? Question #2. Do student -athletes use the services that are available to them? The nation’s community colleges play a vital role in education. In athletics, community colleges have the reputation of housing the farm teams for some four year institutions. These two-year colleges have a second function, to try to change some of the academic behaviors of student-athletes The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Operating Principles state that “an intercollegiate athletics program shall be designed to be a part of the institution’s educational system, and student-athletes shall be considered an integral part of the student body”. The Operating Principles further state that “adequate academic support services shall be available to student-athletes and the support services shall be approved and reviewed periodically by academic authorities outside of the intercollegiate athletic department”. The findings from this study may also be crucial because of the potentially significant impact that availability of academic support services can have on the academic success of student-athletes. With the high level of emphasis placed on athletic success, particularly in Texas, it is easy to miss the importance of academic support services at community colleges. Researchers have addressed the relationship of academic support services to the academic success or lack of academic success of student-athletes, but their findings may have been implicitly over generalized to four year colleges and universities. Consequently, there is a lack of significant hard data for community colleges. This study was confined to surveying only the academic support services programs at community colleges in Texas.