Chasing Paper: A qualitative systems analysis of the tensions between money, diplomas, and learning in high profile intercollegiate athletics
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At the heart of the academic issues embedded within intercollegiate sports are the tensions between institutional academic prestige, athletic department revenue, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association ’ s (NCAA ’ s) desire to defend the ideals of the amateur student athlete. This qualitative study focuses on the affordances and constraints acting on “ special admits ” in high profile sports during their first year at a University. Participant observation data are triangulated with interviews with seven first-year football players at the beginning, middle, and end of the academic year, and 12 staff members throughout the year. Utilizing “Figured Worlds ” and Activity Theory frameworks, this study explores the role of athlete academic centers as hybrid spaces and addresses a current gap in the literature by developing a systems – level analysis of athlete experiences that incorporates NCAA policy.
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