AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 | 17 AACC.NCHE.EDU
Community colleges implement strategies to tie
athletics to their retention and completion goals
BY DOUGLAS J. GUTH
Student-athletes face challenges that many of their
traditional peers do not. Not only are athletes expected to perform in their sport, they're also required to achieve in the classroom, a dual hardship for a demographic already tackling the
difficulties associated with non-traditional learning.
But with athletics programs entrenched at many two-year
colleges—more than 60,000 enrollees participate in intercollegiate sports annually—dedicated teams of administrators,
coaches, faculty and athletic directors are helping scholar-athletes identify their academic goals while giving them an opportunity to play their favorite sport. The successful recruitment,
retention, graduation and transfer of these individuals must continue to be a campus-wide commitment, say college officials.