MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS AND ISSUES IN ATHLETIC ACADEMIC ADVISING
What difficulties, problems, and issues are faced by managers charged with the responsibility of administrating athletic academic advisement programs? The purpose of this paper is to examine research related to these problems.
One issue in the management of athletic academic advisement programs can be seen in a study conducted by Blake (1988) whose research focused on the administration of intercollegiate athletics. Of primary interest in Blake's study was determining the degree of loosely coupled or tightly coupled patterns of administration that exists for intercollegiate athletics. Secondarily, Blake sought to discover differences between institutions with exemplary athletics programs and those with problematic athletics programs. However, findings were observed to be related to issues and concerns with respect to athletic academic advisement.
Methods used in the study involved conducting 54 on-site interviews at eight National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I institutions with exemplary and problematic athletic programs. Those interviewed included the athletic director, athletic academic services, athletic council, faculty representative, faculty senate, financial aid director and admissions director.
A content analysis conducted on study participants' responses to open-ended interview questions was said to reveal a lack of a definitive structure for intercollegiate athletics administration, although most institutions with exemplary athletics programs were said to have tightly coupled patterns of administration from the athletic director to the president, athletic academic services, faculty representative and admissions office.
The implication of the foregoing findings for the management of athletic academic advisement programs is that an important management issue may be managing the program in such a way that it is tightly interlink...