Peer effects in institutions of higher education are often measured in terms of differences in student achievement after interaction with able peers. This paper uses an empirical approach to analyze peer effects on student achievement in classrooms at Colorado College. Under an ordinary least squares model, student academic rating is employed as a proxy for ability – understood to be student “quality” for the purposes of this paper – and the 4.0 GPA scale-equivalent of the grade received in a class is employed as a proxy for achievement. Specific focus is placed on the potential effects that international students and student athletes may have on the achievement of their peers. If these focus groups pose any effects, how do these effects vary with course division (humanities, natural sciences, social sciences)? This paper finds evidence of the existence of peer effects at Colorado College; specifically, international students have a large positive effect on the achievement of non-international students, and the greatest benefit from peer effects occurs in humanities courses.
This study investigates the effects of men’s college basketball coach’s abilities on their team’s success. Previous research has been limited, but has shown that at the professional level, the abilities of a coach have very little effect on the outcome of their team’s games. This suggests that the most important aspect of team success, and thus, coaching success comes from having the best players on the court rather than having the best strategy as a team. The present study divides the various aspects of college basketball coaching into three separate categories, recruiting ability, in game coaching ability and the pedigree in which a coach has earned through past experiences. This study uses three separate regression analyses in order to most accurately describe the various phases of a college basketball season: the regular season, the conference tournament and the NCAA tournament. Controlling for a wide variety of variables that affect the outcome of a basketball game, this study finds that when measuring a coach’s success during the regular season, a coach’s pedigree is the most important aspect of his success. However, when measuring a coach’s success in the NCAA tournament, where the top programs in the country are matched against one another, it is a coach’s ability to recruit top level talent that most determines the success of that coach’s team, and in turn that coach himself.
This study investigates the company Fantex as well as creates a hypothetical model used to evaluate two upcoming NBA draft lottery picks, Andrew Wiggins and Doug McDermott. There is very little research on this subject being that Fantex is a relatively new company. Before this study, the only models that this company has created have been for NFL football players Arian Foster, running back for the Houston Texans, Vernon Davis, tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, and only recently EJ Manuel, quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. I will be creating these models so that I can come up with my own equation to value these phenomenal college athletes, and determine if investment in their brand would be a profitable venture. This analysis will provide new information about the effect of endorsement deals, player statistics, current contract, likeability, and other variables (that will be explained later) on a player’s stock. I am coming up with a forecast model to determine the influence of each statistic on a player’s salary. I am taking a specific player, plugging in their actual college statistics into the equation (player’s last year of college statistics + model coefficients) and coming up with each player’s predicted salaries. Once I have their predicted salaries I will estimate the likelihood of endorsements and exactly how much they might bring in. I will then approximate how long each player will play in the league. Finally, I will create a contract, similar to Fantex’s contracts, to offer each player.
Profile of basketball player Melanie Auguste (CC class of 2009), the 2009 Jostens Women's Division III National Player of the Year. Interviews with President Richard F. Celeste, Director of Athletics Ken Ralph and Women's Basketball Coach Liz Campbell, to name a few, look at Auguste's athletic and academic accomplishments.
Academics, administrators, and development offices devote a great deal of time and energy attempting to increase giving because colleges and universities rely heavily on charitable contributions to operate. In this quest, a substantial amount of research has been conducted on the relationship between athletic success and giving; however, these studies have focused almost exclusively on the sports of football and basketball. Therefore, the purpose of this thesis is to evaluate the effects of Division I ice hockey success on voluntary contributions to colleges and universities. Looking at ten years of data, the study examines schools with NCAA Division I ice hockey teams. In order to test the relationship, the study uses ordinary least squares regressions and fixed effects models. Total giving, alumni giving, giving to athletics, and giving to academics are all considered. Success is measured by winning percentage, post season play, post season wins, and athletic tradition. Results indicate that giving is sensitive to athletic success, but the effects depend on the type of giving, measure of success, and type of school.
NCAA football currently serves as a minor league feeder system for the NFL. College football coaches are some of the highest, if not the highest paid officials, at their respective schools. With salaries in the millions, coaches are expected to be able to execute numerous responsibilities for their universities and players. One of the reasons why student-athletes pick certain universities is because of the coaching and development they will receive. But do coaches have any impact on getting their players drafted into the NFL? By looking at data from 2003-2013 almost 30,000 student-athletes were measured by 232 coaches. The results of this study show that coaches do in fact have positive, negative and no effect on getting their student-athletes drafted into the NFL.
This paper investigates the influence of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball and football scandals on the quantity and quality of collegiate applicants. Athletic, academic, and socioeconomic data from the past 16 years are used to examine the immediate and lasting effects of an athletic scandal. The occurrence of a football or basketball scandal increased both the quantity and quality of applicants.
The Van Diest Award is given to an outstanding Colorado College athlete who demonstrates sound character, scholarship and citizenship. Recipients are selected by the Colorado College Athletics Department staff. This list is an incomplete list of award recipients from 1936 through 2010.