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Academic Mentoring and an Integrated Online Calendar: A Holistic Approach to Supporting Student-Athletes

Sheets, Christina M (2022) Academic Mentoring and an Integrated Online Calendar: A Holistic Approach to Supporting Student-Athletes. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Factors of fit considered by student-athletes who are being recruited by colleges and universities often cause this group to arrive at their institution of higher education underprepared for the academic rigor expected of a student at their university (Winters & Gurney, 2012). This dissertation in practice explores the reasons why this is a common theme, the academic support structures in place to assist college student-athletes, and proposes a holistic academic support tool for academic support professionals to implement with their student-athletes. Women’s basketball
players from a Power Five university participated in this study that included integrating an online TeamWorks calendar to include academic assignments as well as additional daily activities required of the student-athlete. Academic mentoring meetings were used to provide structure and
accountability for organization and time management. The TeamWorks calendar provides real time updates, has a platform available on the student-athlete’s phone, and is accessible by all performance team members. Qualtrics surveys were distributed weekly to student-athletes and key
members of the performance team for 10-weeks during the Fall semester to determine if the intervention was a worthwhile use of resources. The study concluded that 78% of student-athletes attended a weekly mentoring meeting, 90% added items to their TeamWorks calendar, 80% used the TeamWorks calendar to organize their day, and 83% of student-athletes would recommend using an integrated online calendar to their peers.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sheets, Christina Mcms290@pitt.educms290
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKerr, Mary Margaretmmkerr@pitt.edummkerr
Committee MemberNagle, Elizabethnagle@pitt.edunagle
Committee MemberMowery, Barbarabmowery@pitt.edubmowery
Date: 5 July 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 10 May 2022
Approval Date: 5 July 2022
Submission Date: 13 June 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 98
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: holistic academic support, student-athletes, TeamWorks, mentoring
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2022 14:12
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2022 14:12


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