In the past week or so there have been a fair amount of studies and data released about student-athlete development and various needs of student-athletes. While I am still formulating my thoughts around the recent releases (and reading everything more in-depth), I thought at the very least I'd share a round up of the information.
All-in-all, it's good stuff and offers a lot of different views into the world of college athletics. Here's the scoop:
Gallup and Purdue University released a study of former graduates detailing quite a bit about how former student-athletes are fairing in the world compared to non-student athletes. Inside Higher Ed covers the highlights in this particular link and at first glance, I'm inclined to question some aspects of the study. It seems to do a good job of highlighting the positives of being an athlete, but I feel like it's still missing some key areas for analysis. Perhaps the data just needs to be broken down further... Or maybe I'm making too many assumptions on where I think former student-athletes are at. More to come as I dig into this one further.
Ohio University Department of Sports Administration and AECOM released a report on the current trends in college athletics. This report covers mostly "business" and money trends to show where the emphasis is placed from an administration perspective (not surprising - they talk a lot about facilities in here). What's interesting to me personally, is that there weren't many statistics going into career development or career placement as a part of any of the "trends" or emphasis. While I know this is my focus, it's surprising that it really wasn't a larger part of this particular discussion as I know it's starting to become a bigger focus for many athletic departments out there.
UT Dallas released this recent study highlighting that NCAA athletes at ALL DIVISION LEVELS need more coaching around career options and academics. What's helpful about this report is that it breaks down its findings by Division and also by academic performance. In doing this, we're able to get a clearer picture of how the subsets of student-athletes are approaching their career development and transition. I'm still reading through all of this, but there are definitely some good nuggets to prove the need is largely still there for supporting additional investments into academic and personal/professional development resources for student-athletes by athletic departments on a wider scale.
This one's not a study, but wanted to share it anyway. As many of you know by now, I'm passionate about working with athletes to better understand themselves beyond their sports. One of my favorite, blogger/writer/speaker/researchers, Tim Elmore of Growing Leaders wrote this blog post on athlete identity this week. It's such a good post and is SPOT ON for how, as industry professionals and coaches, we need to approach working with athletes today. It's very helpful in illustrating the 'realness' that comes from being an athlete and also offers some direct insights into how to approach addressing athletic identity more proactively.
Have you read through any of these yet? What do you think?