Date Approved

1-10-2018

Embargo Period

1-16-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

EdD Educational Leadership (Doctor of Education)

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kerrigan, Monica Reid

Second Advisor

McDonough, Michael

Third Advisor

Rose, Steven

Subject(s)

Community college athletes; Community college administrators

Disciplines

Community College Leadership | Higher Education

Abstract

This multiple case study examines two New Jersey non-scholarship community college athletic programs and answers the questions why student-athletes choose to attend the community college and participate in athletics, what factors influence their decisions, and how administrators and student-athlete descriptions of the value and contribution of participation in community college athletics align. The value of attending and competing in a non-scholarship community college athletic program is carefully examined through multiple interviews of student-athletes, athletic administrators, and chief student administrators. Additionally, the student-athlete perspective on what factors influenced them to choose to attend community college and participate at the non-scholarship level is also examined through interviews of student-athletes and a modified version of a student-athlete selection factor survey.

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