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US Collegiate Football Analysis: Team’s Success as an Indicator of Academic Performance
Thesis title in Czech: Analýza univerzitního fotbalu v USA: Úspěšnost týmu jako indikátor studijních výsledků
Thesis title in English: US Collegiate Football Analysis: Team’s Success as an Indicator of Academic Performance
Key words: analýza, USA, americký, fotbal, univerzity, studijní, výsledky, úspěch, APR, GSR
English key words: analysis, USA, American, football, university, academic, results, success, APR, GSR
Academic year of topic announcement: 2016/2017
Type of assignment: Bachelor's thesis
Thesis language: angličtina
Department: Institute of Economic Studies (23-IES)
Supervisor: PhDr. Radek Janhuba, M.A., Ph.D.
Author: hidden - assigned by the advisor
Date of registration: 29.05.2017
Date of assignment: 30.05.2017
Date and time of defence: 13.06.2018 09:00
Venue of defence: Opletalova - Opletalova 26, O105, Opletalova - místn. č. 105
Date of electronic submission:10.05.2018
Date of proceeded defence: 13.06.2018
Reviewers: Sarah Godar, M.A., Ph.D.
URKUND check:
1. Jason M. Lindo & Isaac D. Swensen & Glen R. Waddell, 2012. "Are Big-Time Sports a Threat to Student Achievement?", American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, vol. 4(4), pages 254-74, October.

2. Eckard, E. Woodrow. "NCAA athlete graduation rates: Less than meets the eye." Journal of Sport Management 24.1 (2010): 45-59.

3. Southall, Richard M. "NCAA graduation rates: A quarter-century of re-branding academic success." Journal of Intercollegiate Sport 7.2 (2014): 120-133.

4. Shulman, James L., and William G. Bowen. The game of life: College sports and educational values. Princeton University Press, 2011.

5. Bowen, William G., and Sarah A. Levin. Reclaiming the game: College sports and educational values. Princeton University Press, 2011.
Preliminary scope of work in English
Research question and motivation
During the last few decades, collegiate sports in the US have experienced a rapid growth in popularity amongst universities and students, increasing the number of participating teams as well as their influence on the academic sphere. The increasing numbers of student-athletes has attracted the attention of possible sponsors, thus heightening the amount of financial equity that flows into each sport department. However, it was necessary to measure the impact of these large transformations and the increasing demands on student-athletes on the overall academic performance, which led to the creation of two important indicators – Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Academic Progress Rate (APR). These two indicators were intended as a means of assessing future policy changes and were overseen by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). In this thesis, I would like to analyse the effect of a university’s football team success (as football is usually the most influential sport) on the changes in their student-athletes’ and non-athletes’ academic performance during each year and determine the extent to which we need to interfere with adequate policies to not let collegiate sports negatively affect the quality of education.

Previous research works conducted by the NCAA used solely the GSR and APR data to determine the minimum level of success rates for each year. These requirements were later used to create policies and penalties for universities that could not pass the set level without any further measurements or connections with success or failure of its football team. The insufficient explanations of these relationships led Jason M. Lindo, Isaac D. Swensen and Glen R. Waddell to publish a paper which investigated the effects of collegiate sports on the student’s GPA, divided into 2 groups by gender. This work was based on data collected through surveys in one single university, meaning that the results cannot be approximated to the aggregate level. I would like to expand on their work by using the aggregate data from all universities participating in the NCAA football league divisions and analyse the approximate overall effect of their success.

To conduct my research, I will use the datasets from the NCAA website, which contains the annual Graduation Success Rates and Academic Performance Rates for Division I and Division II teams and their seasonal performances between the years 1995 and 2009. To measure the effects of collegiate football on the academic performance, I will create appropriate regression analyses, including the effects of teams’ win/loss ratio, participation in playoffs or the amount of equity used. Furthermore, I will analyse these effects at the school and national aggregation level for student-athletes as well as for the overall student body.

1. Introduction
2. Motivation
3. Review of literature
4. Theoretical Methodology
5. Model creation
6. Evaluation of results
7. Conclusions
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