Invitation Letter
Student-Athlete Climate Study Prospective Participants
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Student-Athlete Climate Study

Invitation Letter

A letter of invitation to ADs and other athletics administrators.

Student-Athlete Climate Study (SACS)

Invitation Letter

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August 10, 2009

Dear Athletic Director,

We are writing to ask for your help with an important new study conducted by the Center for the Study of Higher Education and funded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). This project measures the impact of campus climate on both the academic and athletic success of student-athletes. It is a national assessment and all NCAA affiliated institutions are invited to participate. The aggregated results will assist the NCAA, your institution, and others working with student-athletes to maximize their academic and athletic success. Having a betterunderstanding of the climate in intercollegiate athletics will provide additional knowledge about the factors that enhance or inhibit APR, graduation rates, and retention of student-athletes.

The on-line survey takes student-athletes about 20 minutes to complete. For the convenience of your student-athletes, the survey may be administered anytime in January 2010. All of the responses will be confidential so neither your student-athletes nor your institution will be identified in any reports.

We found in the pilot project that support from coaches and athletic administrators is crucial for achieving successful response rates. Strategies to encourage participation, sample questions, a project timeline, and other relevant information will be forwarded to you and/or your designated contact person after you return the enclosed Intent to Participate. Please fax it to Kip Sorgen at (814) 865-3638 or complete the on-line form by September 30.

We are also providing the Senior Woman Administrator at your institution and conference commissioners with information about the project. If your program is interested in participating, please designate a contact person within your athletic department to facilitate the project’s process. For more information, please contact us at or (814) 865-6346. Thank you for your consideration.

Susan (Sue) Rankin, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Center for the Study of Higher Education
The Pennsylvania State University
Mary E. Wilfert
Associate Director of Health and Safety
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Enc: Project Information Sheet
Intent to Participate
Please submit by Wednesday, September 30.
(Note: This is a new and extended deadline.)