Student support services : a needs identification process for the Black, college, student-athlete

Document Type



Doctor of Education (EdD)


Adult Education and Human Resource Development

First Advisor's Name

Charles Divita, Jr.

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Loriana Novoa

Third Advisor's Name

Joseph Cook

Date of Defense



The problem to be addressed in the study is two-fold:

(1) The comparative graduation rates of Black student-athletes vs. members of the general student body on a national basis and

(2) The comparative graduation rates of Black student-athletes vs. members of the general student body on a local level (i.e., Florida International University, Miami, Florida).

The purpose of the study is the formulation of recommendations for modification to the existing student support services program at Florida International University using needs based data as the foundation for such change. Expressed and perceived needs are identified on the basis of the following factors:

1. The identified needs are specifically those of the Black, Intercollegiate student-athletes of Florida International University.

2. These needs are identified using data categorized as expressed and perceived needs. Expressed needs are defined as data collected from the student-athletes themselves; perceived needs are defined as data collected from others within the academic community with whom the student-athletes interacted either directly or indirectly.

The selection of subjects for this study was based upon the primary goal of obtaining personal data descriptive of the academic, social and student support atmosphere at Florida International University particularly as it affects Black student-athletes. The totality of the atmosphere surrounding student life for those Black student-athletes under study was derived from four different sources: the academic unit, the athletic unit, the social unit, and the student support services unit.

The analysis of data generated through the administration of two questionnaires and the interaction of the Focus Group comprised of selected faculty, administrators, and students formed to review and analyze data resulted in a number of recommendations for practice which would serve to modify the existing FIU student support services program.



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