Admission, Selection and Success of Minority College Student Athletes

      Big Issues in Testing Conference: Improving Admissions and Learning in Higher Education
      University of Nebraska - Lincoln
      March 28-29, 2013

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TITLE: Admission, Selection and Success of Minority College Student Athletes (March 2013) LENGTH: 43 minutes CO-AUTHORS: Krim Lacey, Ph.D. , University of Michigan Thomas S. Paskus, Ph.D. , National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Todd Petr, MBA, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) ABSTRACT: This intermediate-level presentation will draw on over 20 years of work with the NCAA on admission, selection and graduation issues among student athletes, especially non-cognitive factors related to minority and non-minority student success. Lessons learned about cognitive and non-cognitive factors that are important in the admission and selection process and contribute to successful outcomes for student athletes will be explored. Of particular interest are factors that may be important explicitly within the context of the minority student experience. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 1. List the cognitive and non-cognitive factors that are related to the minority and non-minority student success. 2. Identify factors that are important to the admission and selection process and contribute to successful outcomes for student athletes. PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: James S. Jackson was the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, and Director of the Institute for Social Research, all at the University of Michigan. During his lifetime, his research focused on issues of racial and ethnic influences on life course development, attitude change, reciprocity, social support, and coping and health among blacks in the Diaspora. He was a past Director of the Center for Afro-American and African Studies and past national president of the Black Students Psychological Association and Association of Black Psychologists. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Career Contributions to Research Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, American Psychological Association, and received the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for Distinguished Career Contributions in Applied Psychology from the Association for Psychological Sciences. He was an elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences. He directed the most extensive social, political behavior, and mental and physical health surveys on the African American and Black Caribbean populations ever conducted, "The National Survey of American Life" and the "The Family Survey across Generations and Nations", and the National Science Foundation and Carnegie Corporation supported "National Study of Ethnic Pluralism and Politics". Publications include "African Americans in a Diversifying Nation," and "Age cohort, ancestry, and immigration status influences on family relations and psychological well-being among three generation Caribbean black families". Journal of Social Issues, 63 (4), 729-743, 2007. He served on several Boards for the National Research Council and the National Academies of Science and is a founding member of the new "Aging Society Research Network" of the MacArthur Foundation.