Paper Type

Doctoral Dissertation


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)


Leadership, School Counseling & Sport Management

NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. Department of Leadership, School Counseling & Sports Management

First Advisor

Dr. E. Newton Jackson, Jr.

Second Advisor

Dr. Sophie Filibert

Third Advisor

Dr. Matthew Ohlson

Fourth Advisor

Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder

Department Chair

Dr. Elizabeth A. Gregg

College Dean

Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey


Since 1991, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has mandated academic support services for student-athletes at all Division I institutions. Today, there is a vast difference of athletic academic support units at Power 5 Conferences compared to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The resources at Power 5 Conference institutions are also immensely different at HBCUs although the main services provided are similar. Advising, tutoring, orientation, assessment of study skills, compliance checks, personal counseling, career counseling, student-athlete scheduling/advising, testing of academically at-risk student-athletes are all services that are provided at both Power 5 institutions and HBCUs but there is still a stark difference in academic success (ie. APR and GSR).

The purpose of this study was to evaluate select athletic academic support service services to student-athletes at HBCUs that support student-athlete academic success and graduation. Additionally, this study looked at how specific academic support services promote academic success and graduation through the NCAA's APR and GSR annual metrics. There were three null hypotheses tested utilizing a multiple linear regression to evaluate the relationship between academic support services and academic success. This research demonstrates the effectiveness and the barriers of receiving athletic academic support for non-revenue generating teams and revenue generating teams.