Intercollegiate athletes and effective educational practices: Winning combination or losing effort?

Paul D. Umbach, Megan M. Palmer, George D. Kuh, Stephanie J. Hannah

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Scrutiny of intercollegiate athletics has intensified in recent years. This study compares student-athletes with those of non-athletes in terms of their engagement in effective educational practices. Contrary to many reports in the popular media, the findings from this study indicate that, on balance, student-athletes across a large number of colleges and universities do not differ greatly from their peers in terms of their participation in effective educational practices. In most instances, when differences do exist, they favor athletes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)709-733
Number of pages25
JournalResearch in Higher Education
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006



  • Effective education practices
  • Student engagement
  • Student-athletes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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