The mentoring of student-athletes: An exploratory study of Division I AAU institutional programs
Cagwin, Gabriel S
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This study examined the impact and perceptions of mentoring programs dealing with student-athletes at Division IA-AA AAU institutions. Directors of Student-Athlete Academic Services and the athletes themselves took part in this study by completing individually tutored survey instruments. Specifically, this study addressed the perceptions that student-athletes have about mentoring and the types of mentoring programs available to them, as well as the effectiveness of these programs in regard to scholastic motivation, gpa, and team winning percentages. Comparisons were made between type of mentoring program, frequency of interaction with a mentor, and sport played. There were two self-constructed surveys for this study. The Director's of Student-Athlete Academic Services survey was a 17-question, Likert scale questionnaire that was sent to each director at the 45 AAU institutions being studied. The overall perceptions on mentoring from the directors were that mentors are a key component to the overall growth and development of student-athletes, inside the classroom and out. The student-athlete survey was a 46-question, Likert scale questionnaire that was sent to 1,250 student-athletes, of which 329 were received and analyzed. The study found that student-athletes who have a faculty mentor have stronger feelings that such mentoring programs are beneficial and helped them academically. It was also abundantly clear that student-athletes had strong beliefs that mentors have had a positive impact on their overall college experience. Future studies are needed to enhance these findings.