Sean Khalifehzadeh Humanities and Social Science
Fourth and Goal: A Comparative Analysis of Student-Athlete Educational Experiences
When student-athletes are in the midst of managing their athletic and academic obligations, what factors contribute to higher rates of graduation success? Looking at the academic readiness of student-athletes, the culture of the campus, and academic support, I will attempt to understand how student-athletes from two UCs navigate through the academic rigors of a research university in addition to fulfilling their personal and contractual obligations as athletes. Employing a mixed-methods approach, using both surveys and interviews, I will attempt to study what athletes feel works for them, and what doesnt. The key aspect of my research that differs from current studies is that I will focus solely on UCs, which are dear to me as I grew up watching the then Pac-10, and now Pac-12 conference. Current research on graduation success does not fit the characteristics of the UC system, and this project intends to explore student experiences.