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M.A. in Higher Education Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Sisco, Burton R.


College athletes--New Jersey; Educational leadership--New Jersey


Higher Education Administration


The purpose of the study was to assess the level and attitudes of involvement of selected Rowan University student-athletes and any significant relationships between involvement and preferences among five dimensions of leadership. Involvement included activities such as academics, athletics, on and off campus occupations, religious organizations, professional clubs, and other organizations found on campus. Demographic factors were also studied including age, class level, role on team, ethnicity, gender, and participation in a specific sport. The five dimensions of leadership studied were autocratic behavior, democratic behavior, positive feedback, social support, and training and instruction.

The researcher surveyed 210 student-athletes at Rowan University during the 2007-2008 academic year. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) was used to calculate descriptive statistics, and Pearson correlations between demographics, attitudes of involvement, and leadership dimensions. The study provides insight on the amount of time and attitudes of Rowan University student-athletes regarding involvement. The study also provides insight on Rowan University student-athletes leadership preferences and demographic variables. The relationship between the leadership patterns and the student-athletes' attitudes toward involvement was studied as well. Significant relationships were detected between the leadership patterns of Rowan University student-athletes and the attitudes toward social, academic, and campus involvement. A significant relationship was found between student-athletes and the preference of the training and instruction dimension of leadership.