Study Analyzes Factors That Influence Academic Success of Athletes at HBCUs

A new study authored by Ian DeVol Scott, a doctoral student in higher education leadership at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, analyzed the academic performance of student athletes at the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities.

The study found that “there was a significant relationship between academic performance and current living arrangements. Participants that lived on campus performed better academically than those that lived in other housing arrangements.”

Scott believe that his study shows “the need for student-athletes to live on campus with all options of campus involvement available.” He also believes that HBCUs should “reevaluate the importance of campus living communities and access to academic success programs and offices for student-athletes.”

The full study, “Factors Influencing the Academic Performance of African American Student-Athletes in Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” was published in the United States Sports Academy Sports Journal. It may be accessed here.


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  1. Andrea Anderson says:

    Indeed that is true. At a hbcu in the south the student athletes living on campus did remarkably well when surrounded with academic support. Eg. Sunday evening tutoring sessions and group academic advising services.

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