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Athletics Committee
April 2001
A Report on StudentAthlete Academic Performance
Issued by
Faculty Senate Athletics Committee
April 9, 2001
Authors:  Daniel P. Murphy, Associate Professor of Accounting Thomas Galligan, Professor and Dean of the Law School Betsey Kirk, Student Government Association Representative Jeff MacCabe, Professor of Molecular Biology 
Academic Performance
Unlike prior reports, the 2001 report cutoff cycle was not December. This year's report uses a cutoff cycle of the end of the second summer semester. Thus this year's data is based on a full academic year's worth of grades rather than simply one semester. While the increased pool of grades is a plus because it provides a larger sample size, one must beware not to try and compare conclusions or data from this year's report to earlier reports.Figure 1
Figure 2
The Interview and Survey Results
The subcommittee developed a form survey that is included in the Appendix. The survey focused on three areas: the general academic environment at UT; the academic experience of the student athlete at UT; and UT athletes' use of academic support facilities. Each area of the survey consisted of a series of statements, see survey form, and the subject was asked to express his or her agreement or disagreement with the statement, expressed as a number ranging from 1  5. (1=Strongly agree, 2= Agree, 3=Neither agree nor disagree; 4 =Disagree; 5=Strongly disagree).Profile of Freshman Student Athletes
Concerns have been raised about the academic profile of incoming student athletes. In Table 8, the mean high school GPA and ACT equivalent scores are set forth for incoming athletes in various sports and for nonathletes as of fall 2000. To protect the confidentiality of the athletes it was necessary to group certain men's and women's sports together before computing these averages.Acknowledgements
The committee could not have completed its work without the data collection assistance provided by Salim Bradley, Carmen Tegano, Kerry Howland, Malcolm McInnis and Pam Hindle.Table 1
Cumulative GPA for NonAthletes and Athletes
Item 
August 2000 NonAthletes 
August 2000 Athletes 
August 1999 Athletes 
Population Size Mean GPA Standard Deviation 
20,332 students 2.81 .75 
594 students 2.70 .69 
546 students 2.72 .65 
Table 2
Cumulative GPA for NonAthletes and Athletes by Gender
Item 
August 2000 NonAthletes 
August 2000 Athletes 
August 1999 Athletes 
Female  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
10,307 students 2.93 .71 
240 students 3.04 .59 
225 students 3.00 .63 
Male  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
10,025 students 2.68 .78 
354 students 2.47 .66 
321 students 2.52 .59 
Table 3A
Cumulative GPA for NonAthletes and Athletes by Class Standing
Item 
August 2000 NonAthletes 
August 2000 Athletes 
August 1999 Athletes 
Freshman  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
2,503 students 1.98 .96 
79 students 2.19 .90 
87 students 2.24 .70 
Sophomore  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
4,234 students 2.74 .75 
184 students 2.74 .67 
149 students 2.79 .64 
Junior  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
4,198 students 2.85 .67 
145 students 2.77 .62 
124 students 2.76 .60 
Senior  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
9,937 students 3.04 .55 
186 students 2.82 .56 
186 students 2.87 .57 
Table 3B
Cumulative GPA for Female NonAthletes and Athletes by Class Standing
Item 
August 2000 NonAthletes 
August 2000 Athletes 
August 1999 Athletes 
Freshman  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
1,147 students 2.16 .94 
19 students 2.57 .70 
28 students 2.43 .83 
Sophomore  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
2,227 students 2.85 .72 
88 students 3.04 .61 
58 students 3.21 .56 
Junior  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
2,189 students 2.96 .63 
55 students 3.21 .54 
50 students 2.99 .61 
Senior  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
4,744 students 3.13 .52 
78 students 3.04 .50 
89 students 3.06 .49 
Table 3C
Cumulative GPA for Male NonAthletes and Athletes by Class Standing
Item 
August 2000 NonAthletes 
August 2000 Athletes 
August 1999 Athletes 
Freshman  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
1,356 students 1.83 .95 
60 students 2.08 .93 
59 students 2.15 .62 
Sophomore  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
2,007 students 2.62 .76 
96 students 2.46 .60 
91 students 2.52 .53 
Junior  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
2,009 students 2.73 .68 
90 students 2.49 .51 
74 students 2.60 .54 
Senior  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
4,653 students 2.94 .57 
108 students 2.66 .55 
97 students 2.69 .57 
Table 4A
Cumulative GPA for All Athletes
by Scholarship Status
Item 
August 2000 Athletes 
August 1999 Athletes 
Full Scholarship  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
157 students 2.62 .56 
178 students 2.63 .56 
Partial Scholarship  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
198 students 2.90 .61 
195 students 2.91 .62 
NonScholarship  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
239 students 2.58 .80 
172 students 2.60 .72 
Table 4B
Cumulative GPA for Female Athletes
by Scholarship Status
Item 
August 2000 Athletes 
August 1999 Athletes 
Full Scholarship  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
63 students 2.96 .58 
64 students 3.05 .52 
Partial Scholarship  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
78 students 3.19 .52 
95 students 3.08 .62 
NonScholarship  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
99 students 2.98 .62 
65 students 2.86 .71 
Table 4C
Cumulative GPA for Male Athletes
by Scholarship Status
Item 
August 2000 Athletes 
August 1999 Athletes 
Full Scholarship  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
94 students 2.40 .42 
114 students 2.39 .44 
Partial Scholarship  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
120 students 2.71 .59 
100 students 2.74 .58 
NonScholarship  
Population Size Mean GPA Std. Deviation 
140 students 2.30 .79 
107 students 2.45 .68 
Table 5
Cumulative GPA by Sport
Sport 
August 2000 Athletes 
August 1999 Athletes 
Female  
Basketball CrossCountry Golf Track Rowing Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Volleyball 
2.85 3.18 3.37 2.75 3.06 3.16 2.76 3.31 3.08 3.16 
2.79 n/a 3.14 2.83 2.97 3.24 2.60 3.27 3.11 3.13 
Male  
Baseball Basketball Football Golf Track Swimming Tennis 
2.53 2.20 2.32 2.96 2.56 2.87 3.02 
2.54 2.48 2.40 2.63 2.66 2.78 3.02 
Table 6
College Affiliation of Athletes
College 
August 2000 Athletes 
August 1999 Athletes 
Communications Architecture Nursing University Studies Agriculture Business Administration Education Engineering Human Ecology Arts and Sciences Social Work Total 
38 2 9 168 13 73 63 28 34 165 1 594 
26 3 5 143 16 87 56 31 36 140 3 546 
Table 7A
StudentAthletes' Academic Experience: Survey Responses
General Academic Experiences  Average 
Std. Deviation 
A. My classroom instructors are generally accessible and willing to meet with me.  1.82  0.056 
B. I receive effective academic advising from my academic department or college.  2.14  0.091 
C. I receive high quality inclass instruction in my courses at UT.  2.27  0.064 
D. Overall, I am receiving a high quality education at UT.  2.07  0.058 
E. The overall academic and nonacademic preparation I am receiving at UT will prepare me for life outside the university.  1.87  0.079 
Academic Issues Unique to the StudentAthlete  Average 
Std. Deviation 
A. I am treated better by my classroom instructors because I am a studentathlete.  3.57  1.001 
B. I am treated worse by my classroom instructors because I am a studentathlete.  3.44  1.057 
C. I am treated better by my fellow students because I am a studentathlete.  2.82  0.919 
D. I am treated worse by my fellow students because I am a studentathlete.  3.65  0.848 
E. My coaches clearly articulate their academic expectations of me.  1.73  0.759 
F. My coaches hold me accountable for my academic responsibilities including attending class, maintaining my grades, etc.  1.37  0.541 
G. I am a better student during the athletic season than during the offseason.  2.99  1.042 
Table 7B
StudentAthletes' Academic Support Services: Survey Responses
Use of Academic Support Facilities Provided by the Office of Student Life  Average 
Std. Deviation 
A. On average, how many times per week do you use the academic support resources provided by the Office of Student Life.  3.64  3.132 
B. I receive effective academic tutoring from the Student Life.  2.18  0.899 
C. I receive the effective advising from the Student Life advisors.  1.90  0.89 
D. Overall, the study facilities and tools available in the Student Life offices meet my academic needs.  2.01  0.947 
E. The Student Life academic support personnel are accessible and willing to meet with me.  1.79  0.727 
F. Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of academic support I have.  1.70  0.767 
Table 8
Academic Profile of Fall 2000 Incoming Freshman Class
Description 
Mean High School GPA 
Mean ACT Equivalent Score 

NonAthletes  3.35  24.00  
Athletes  
Football TrackMen All Other Men's Sports BasketballMen & Women TrackWomen All Other Women's Sports 
2.87 2.93 3.20 3.20 3.76 3.40 
18.68 21.62 21.25 18.17 22.75 22.92 
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