A Lingering Question of Priorities: Athletic Budgets and Academic Performance Revisited
The article is an update to previous literature complied by Kenneth Meier and his colleagues who researched the impact opposing goals can have on an organization’s primary mission. The researchers’ made analysis of data extrapolated from schools in America to evaluate the correlation between athletic budgets and academic performance (Meier, p.799).
The previously complied literature was analyzed on an individual-level which concluded a positive relationship between athletics and student performance. Revisiting the literature permitted the researchers to reexamine and expand on the research assessing the relationship between athletics using various aggregate measures of academic performance.
The researchers’ selected Texas schools as the site to compile their data due to its fanaticism with athletics, especially football. School districts in the state with at least 1000 students were participates in the study. Meier and his colleagues use the dependent variables of student attendance; student performance relative to basic skills; student performance based on College Board scores; and student aspirations as the research construct. The construct was evaluated against the controlled variables of Black and Latino students; poverty; gifted attendance; teacher’s salaries, advanced degree and experience; class size; state aid; and instructional funds. The researchers concluded that school districts’ support of athletics do have a negative impact on student academic performance. In essence, divergent goals within an organization do undermine and hinder the pursuit of that organization’s primary mission.
The article is presented in a scholarly voice and is scholarly written. It is appropriate for the intended audience.
Meier, K. J., Eller, W. S., Marchbanks III., M. P., Robinson, S., Polinard, J. L., &