Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.


College sports; College students--Attitudes


Higher Education


The purposes of this study were to (a) analyze undergraduate residential student attitudes towards athletics at Rowan University; (b) discern differences between self-identified student-athletes and non-athletes with respect to athletic programs at Rowan University in regards to resource allocation, corruption, relevance of athletics to the college experience, and academic matters of student-athletes; and (c) examine differences in attitudes of the student sample at Rowan University with previous studies. The survey tool that was utilized consisted of 44 items, which collected demographics and employed a series of Likert-style statements. The subjects consisted of 431 residential, undergraduate students at Rowan University enrolled in classes during the spring semester of 2016. The results of the study suggested that students at Rowan University are generally supportive of intercollegiate athletic programs. Results also indicated that there is an established difference of attitudes between the athlete and non-athlete sample toward intercollegiate athletics and that athletes report a more positive disposition. Finally, results conclude that student attitudes between athletes and non-athletes are similar between various institutions, regardless of size, NCAA division classification, or personal experience.