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A Lingering Question of Priorities: Athletic Budgets and Academic Performance Revisited

Meier, Kenneth John, Eller, Warren S., Marchbanks, Miner P., Robinson, Scott, Polinard, J. L. and Wrinkle, Robert D. 2004. A Lingering Question of Priorities: Athletic Budgets and Academic Performance Revisited. Review of Policy Research 21 (6) , pp. 799-807. 10.1111/j.1541-1338.2004.00109.x

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Many organization theories suggest that divergent goals can hamper an organization's pursuit of its primary mission. An earlier version of this article analyzed the effect of the pursuit of divergent goals on American public schools. This is an update of the original article that adds two years of data to the original study. Using an educational production function, this article assesses the relationships between athletic budgets and various aggregate measures of academic performance. Controlling for various known components of academic performance, athletic budgets have a significant negative relationship with academic performance. Schools that devote a large amount of resources to athletic budgets have lower levels of academic achievement. A focus on athletics seems to institutionalize goals that conflict with the schools’ academic missions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LD Individual institutions (United States)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1541-132X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:24

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