Date Approved

5-12-2004

Embargo Period

4-21-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

Athletic directors--United States; College sports--United States

Disciplines

Higher Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the issues and challenges facing selected Division III athletic directors. The study sought to determine if there were any differences in the available literature and the opinions of selected Division III athletic directors. The study involved 80 Division III schools throughout the Tri-State area of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. The primary focus of the study included the colleges and universities within the New Jersey Athletic Conference. The research instrument used in the study was a 12-question survey. This self-designed survey was based upon the current issues and challenges in Division III athletics. Out of the 80 surveys that were distributed by electronic mail, a total of 56 surveys were returned, for a response rate of 70%. The demographic results of the study showed that the average Division III athletic director was a male, with a master's degree, and a concentration of studies in administration. The results of the survey showed that there continues to be many athletic directors in both the Tri-State area and the New Jersey Athletic Conference that do not agree with some of the recent proposals that were passed in Division III athletics.

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