Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-30-2019

Type (DCMI Terms)

Text

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Emily Vala-Haynes

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Language

eng

Abstract

This thesis attempts to gain understanding of the unique position of student-athletes. Student-athletes across the country are often academically and athletically successful while facing unparalleled challenges. The goal is to inspire institutional change in the form of enacting priority registration for eligible student-athletes. Priority registration can be a way to limit some of the challenges and facilitate student-athlete success. After analyzing academic literature on college studentathlete challenges and options for support, there are clear gaps in literature on the effects of priority registration for student-athletes. WOU student-athletes, faculty, and staff provided feedback regarding their thoughts and opinions on priority registration for student-athletes. A proposal for implementing priority registration for WOU student-athletes before the Faculty Senate resulted in an endorsement from the committee and approval from the university president. Universities can facilitate student-athlete achievement through educating and raising awareness of student-athlete challenges, providing resources, and implementing strategies such as priority registration to help student-athletes.

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