The value of non-scholarship community college athletics in New Jersey: a student-athlete and administrator perspective
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- athletics and enrollment; community college athletics; New Jersey athletics; recruiting community college athletes; student development and athletics; value of athletics; Community College Leadership; Higher Education
thesis / dissertation description
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.