School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
attrition, retention, student-athlete, college, athletics, basketball
Educational Leadership | Higher Education
Hughey, Landon P., "Understanding the High Attrition Rates of Male Collegiate Basketball Student-Athletes" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3039.
The purpose of this applied study was to gain a better understanding of the high attrition rates among male collegiate basketball student-athletes and to recommend practices that institutions can implement to address and solve this increasing problem. The study utilized a multimethod approach and collected data through a series of interviews, a focus group, and a survey. Based on the results of the data, a series of recommendations have been included to address the high attrition rates among male collegiate basketball student-athletes. Most of the recommendations are based on how the recruiting process can be better handled by representatives of the institutions as well as by the potential student-athletes that are being recruited. Additional recommendations are based on Tinto’s theory of departure, which states that a student who is integrated and involved with a community is more likely to be retained.