From kickoff to commencement: the positive role of intercollegiate athletics in higher education
Economics of Education Review Volume 24, Number 1, ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This study examines the relationship between a university's football heritage and its freshman retention and graduation rates. Our findings of a positive and significant relationship between a university's football success and both of these educational measures supports the hypothesis that athletics serve the institution's academic mission and provides students with a respite from the psychic costs associated with college life.
Mixon, F.G. & Treviño, L.J. (2005). From kickoff to commencement: the positive role of intercollegiate athletics in higher education. Economics of Education Review, 24(1), 97-102. Elsevier Ltd.