Date of Award

1975

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Department

Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Roger L. Reimer

First Committee Member

Erling A. Erickson

Second Committee Member

John V. Schippers

Third Committee Member

Cedric Dempsey

Fourth Committee Member

James Keene

Abstract

Problem: There is an absence of goals and objectives for the administration of intercollegiate athletic programs in the community colleges of California. As a result, the community college administrator does not have a plan of action to provide direction in making administrative decisions.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to clarify the goals and objectives of the intercollegiate athletic program for the community colleges of California and to develop an administrative model that can be used in the attainment of these goals and objectives.

Procedures: A review of the literature was conducted to reveal the goals and objectives of intercollegiate athletic programs and to ascertain the organizational relationships that can be used in the intercollegiate athletic programs of the California community colleges. The president, the athletic director, and three coaches from each of twenty colleges were asked to respond to a questionnaire. This questionnaire was developed to elicit responses concerning the elements of the administration of intercollegiate athletics as identified in the literature and as applied in the community colleges of California. The instrument contained a statement of the purpose of the questionnaire, directions for responding, a request for demographic data, a section containing thirty-two statements for response concerning the intercollegiate athletic program, and a request for the respondents to reply whether they agreed .or disagreed with the assumptions underlying the study. This instrument was validated by a panel of experts, pilot tested, and approved by the Committee on Research and Development, the California Community and Junior College Association. The data were statistically treated .and presented in percentage tables. The results from the thirty-two statements were also treated with a x2 test for three independent samples.

Findings: A majority of the respondents said that goals and objectives of their college's intercollegiate athletic program are Iisted in their catalogue or student handbook, the athletic director does and should report· to the dean of students, and that their community college has a sports information director. There was agreement with fifteen of the thirty-two statements by more than seventy percent of the respondents. These fifteen concepts, therefore, were included in the final model. Seventeen of the statements received less than seventy percent approval and were not included in the model. There were three instances where there was a significant difference between how the three groups , the presidents, athletic directors, and coaches responded to these statements. Two of these statements were rejected and not included in the model. One statement received enough support from the athletic directors and the coaches to have the concept included in the model. The first assumption stated that intercollegiate athletics have a place in the curriculum of the community colleges of California. This was agreed to by all of the respondents. The second assumption which stated that there is a lack of basic policy statements of goals and objectives concerning their intercollegiate athletic programs was rejected by 68% of the respondents. The third assumption concerning the respondent's college not having a written model or plan for their intercollegiate athletic programs was rejected by 59% of the respondents.

Conclusions: The conclusions of this study are presented in the form of a model. This model is divided into three parts: (1) goals and objectives of the intercollegiate athletic program, (2) table of organization, and (3) job descriptions.

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151

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