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First Year Athlete Success

On August 30, 2004, Ken Baker wrote to the list looking for personal insights and literature regarding at-risk college athletes and what can be done to help them succeed. Dave Campaigne suggested the book “The Game of Life” by James Shulman and William Bowen; Mike Prutsman provided links to several resources on the subject; Karyn Schulz offered her interpretation of FERPA rules; and Wayne Tanna provided a link to FERPA information on the NCAA website. Megan Enos discussed the importance of good communication among the Athletic Director, coaches, faculty, and students, which then sparked a discussion concerning FERPA and privacy issues.


Ken Baker (read FYE post or send email) kbaker@heidelberg.edu
Dave Campaigne (read FYE post or send email) dcampaig@admin.usf.edu
Mike Prutsman (read FYE post or send email) mprutsma@sunyorange.edu
Karyn Schulz (read FYE post or send email) kschulz@ccbcmd.edu
Scot Schoenborn (read FYE post or send email) scot.schoenborn@asu.edu
Megan Enos (read FYE post or send email) tenos@warnerpacific.edu
Autumn Grant-Kimball (read FYE post or send email) akimball@stonehill.edu
Joel Nossoff (read FYE post or send email) jnossoff@unm.edu
Karyn Schulz (read FYE post 2)
Wayne Tanna (read FYE post or send email) wtanna@chaminade.edu

August 30, 2004 11:05pm
Original Message: First Year Athletes

Hello,

I just signed on to the list so I have no feel for what topics have been recently discussed. I teach at a small liberal arts college of about 1000 traditional undergraduate students in northwest Ohio. We have identified first year athletes, especially football players, as an at risk group and have begun discussions exploring what's really going on with them and
whether we can develop mechanisms specifically tailored to help them find better success in college.

We'll be doing some on-campus research (focus groups and the like), but I was wondering if some of you might provide leads on any published literature in this area--or possibly insights from your own experiences.

Thanks,

Ken Baker, Ph.D.
Dept. of Biology
Heidelberg College
310 E. Market St.
Tiffin, OH 44883
(419) 448-2224


August 31, 2004 8:57am
Re: First Year Athletes

Ken -

If you haven't already done so, I'd get a copy of "The Game of Life" by James Shulman and William Bowen. The data is broken out separately for Division III institutions and, because of that, may be much more generalizable to your population.

Dave Campaigne
University of South Florida


August 31, 3004 9:24am
Re: First Year Athletes

Ken,

I ran a retention program for student athletes while at Alfred State College (NY). I found a few resources to be helpful in creating a framework for the program, hopefully you will find them helpful as well. If you would like to talk more, please feel free to give me a call at (845)341-4083. Good luck!

Mike

National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A):
http://www.nfoura.org/index.php

Noel-Levitz Student Athlete Retention Program:
http://www.noellevitz.com/solutions/retention/sarp/index.asp

National Consortium for Academics and Sports:
http://www.ncasports.org/home.htm


August 31, 2004 12:49pm
Re: First Year Athletes

Ken

Good luck! I am doing my dissertation on student athletes at a community college and there is a lot of info regarding 4-year student athletes. I can send you, off-list, my bibliography if you are interested.

Karyn Schulz
Coordinator of Learning Assistance
CCBC Dundalk
(410) 285-9455
kschulz@ccbcmd.edu


August 31, 2004 2:44pm
Re: First Year Athletes

Karyn,

Can you recommend some good books on Student Athlete development? I am interested
in researching this area-

Thanks!
Scot Schoenborn
Academic Associate
Arizona State University


August 31, 2004 2:47pm
Re: First Year Athletes

Hi Ken,
I too work for a small liberal arts college. Our athletes do well academically -avg GPA is 3.4 - due to the academic commitment of the Director of Athletics. Without his dedication to the priority of academics (ex: when classes and practices conflict, athletes go to class; they also much prearrange make up work with faculty when they will miss a class due to a game) I firmly believe we would not have the same results. Faculty notify him when athletes are struggling and he ensures they get tutoring and study time.

I don't know how other schools may have found success, but from our experience it begins with the support and commitment of the Director of Athletics.

I'm sorry I don't have any published work to suggest.

Best wishes!
Megan Enos
Warner Pacific College
Portland, OR


August 31, 2004 5:51pm
Re: First Year Athletes

Megan Enos wrote : "Faculty notify him when athletes are struggling and he ensures they get tutoring and study time."

Megan, my college would like to institute similar procedures but have been concerned about confidentiality and FERPA regulations. How do you get around this? Do students sign a form granting the coach and/or faculty permission to communicate with each other?
Thanks
Autumn Grant-Kimball
Stonehill College


August 31, 2004 5:53pm
Re: First Year Athletes

Someone correct me if I am wrong, but: FERPA does not prevent college staff/faculty from relating appropriate academic related information to other college staff/faculty if they have a "need to know". A coach has a definite "need to know" because of NCAA and campus athletic eligibility requirements, in addition to their educational responsibilities.

Faculty do not have the strict confidentiality privileges (or obligations) of priests, attorneys, therapists or physicians in their relationships with their penitents, clients or patients.

Many colleges have "early-alert" systems by which faculty relay academic progress information on a systematic basis to counselors, advisors, tutors, coaches, etc.

Joel Nossoff
Director, New Student Programs
The University of New Mexico
jnossoff@unm.edu


August 31, 2004 5:58pm
Re: First Year Athletes

In regards to FERPA, anyone employed by the college is protected…in other words, if they are discussing a student in the best interest of the student (academic success, etc.) FERPA allows the discussion. So, if the coach is paid by the college to be a coach, then the discussion can occur. Reading the literature, most indicate that the more communication that occurs between faculty, coaches and the AD, the more successful a student athlete should be as a student. The message is strong in that regards…academics is important to all of us…

Karyn Schulz
Coordinator of Learning Assistance
CCBC Dundalk


August 31, 2004 8:35pm
Re: First Year Athletes

Hi all,

I think you have covered the answer to the query, still I wanted to add the following for your review. The link will take you to the NCAA website and will specifically open to the compliance forms signed by student-athletes. Page three of the form covers the Buckley release (FERPA). All student-athletes as a prerequisite to being eligible sign off on this form every year. It informs student-athletes of their right as to their records and to their release for athletic and academic purposes. Hope this helps.

http://www1.ncaa.org/eprise/main/membership/membership_svcs/compliance_forms/forms/04-3a.pdf

Aloha,

Wayne M. Tanna, JD, LL.M.
Professor of Accounting
NCAA Compliance Officer
Pre-Law Advisor
Chaminade University of Honolulu
3140 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone 808-739-4606 Fax
808-440-4249
email: wtanna@chaminade.edu

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