Purpose: The purpose of this research was to determine if it is beneficial for institutions to invest time, energy, and resources into bolstering their athletic programs popularity and success, with a goal of increasing their student enrollment. The research hypothesis stated that colleges which experience NCAA Division I success are more likely to see a significant increase in student enrollment the following academic year.
Methods: A correlational study was designed to examine the relationship between NCAA Division I success and student enrollment. The subjects were 20 colleges which won a championship in NCAA Division I football or men’s basketball, comprised of 10 from each sport. That data was compared to 20 similar colleges that were geographically closest and within the same conference. There was a total of 20 combined football and men’s basketball champions that were compared to 20 non-champions. The control omitted colleges who won a national championship in the previous ten years.
Results: The results showed that there was not a meaningful relationship (r = -.039) between NCAA Division I colleges who won a national championship and those colleges who did not, in relation to student enrollment the following year. The results were not significant (p value ? .05). Colleges who did not win showed an average increase of 726 students the following year. Colleges who won the championship averaged an increase of 653 students the following year.
Conclusion: Based on the results, colleges that won a NCAA Division I national championship are not more likely to see an increase in student enrollment the following academic year than the colleges that did not win a championship.
Higher education in the United States began in the 1600s, when prestigious colleges such as Harvard University (1663) and The College of William
Assessing Communication Effectiveness and Cross-cultural Adjustment among Foreign Students
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