Examining the Support of Modern Athletic Reform Proposals Developed by the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics in Response to Higher Education Athletic Reform: A Case Study

  • Wade W. Zimmerman University of North Texas
  • Leah E. Wickersham Texas A&M University-Commerce.edu
Keywords: athletic reform, case study, faculty senate, athletic personnel

Abstract

This study was conducted to determine the success for the diffusion of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) white paper Framing the Future: Reforming Intercollegiate Athletics. The Stages of Concern Questionnaire (SoCQ) and personal interviews were utilized to collect data and purposeful sampling was used to identify one NCAA Division I university in the state of Texas. Athletic personnel and faculty senate members were asked to complete the SoCQ and participate in an interview for the study. Findings provide evidence that the participants share common concerns in relation to the adoption of the COIA white paper such as creating a balanced approach to academics and athletics, increasing campus pride, and academic integrity. Participants also felt that meaningful collaboration among faculty and staff members can prove beneficial to helping individuals take ownership in the adoption process. 

 

Author Biographies

Wade W. Zimmerman, University of North Texas

Wade W. Zimmerman, Ed.D. is the Assistant Women's Tennis Coach at the University of North Texas.  His research and professional interests include the history of college sports, modern athletic reform, and the role of athletics in higher education.  He has worked in the athletics field the past ten years at the collegiate, club and secondary levels. He attended Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2001 and a Master of Education degree in 2002.

Leah E. Wickersham, Texas A&M University-Commerce.edu

Leah E. Wickersham, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agriculture Sciences at Texas A&M University – Commerce. Her research and professional interests include critical thinking and building learning communities in the online learning environment, formative and summative assessment of student learning outcomes via electronic portfolio development, and diffusion and adoption of technology in systems. She teaches graduate courses in instructional design, technology and learning theory, technology integration, research methods, and technological change.

Published
2013-02-25
How to Cite
Zimmerman, W., & Wickersham, L. (2013). Examining the Support of Modern Athletic Reform Proposals Developed by the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics in Response to Higher Education Athletic Reform: A Case Study. Current Issues in Education, 16(1). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/905
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