Research Results: The Academic and Athletic Experience of NCAA College Athletes during COVID-19. Part 3: Play or Delay in Fall 2020

Athlete Viewpoint has released Part 3 of their study “The Academic and Athletic Experience of NCAA College Athletes during COVID-19”.  This section is about the feelings college athletes have about returning to campus and sport this Fall.  They were also asked about their views on reducing the costs associated with running an intercollegiate athletics program.  Part 3 can be found here: College Athletes COVID Study – Play or Delay

Athlete Viewpoint is providing information about the impact of the COVID-19 shutdown by collecting and summarizing the views, feelings, and recommendations of college athletes from NCAA Divisions I, II and III.

The research:

  • gathered data about the college athlete experience during this challenging time;
  • gives insight to their feelings about returning in Fall 2020;
  • identifies best practices and student recommendations for consideration across the industry.

Results are being released in 3 parts:

  • Part 1 – Academics and Virtual Instruction
  • Part 2 – The Athletics Department & College Athlete Health and Well-Being
  • Part 3 – Play or Delay in Fall 2020 and Reducing Expenses in College Athletics

“This pandemic continues to be a fluid situation where campuses have to be prepared for numerous Fall 2020 scenarios.  We hope the information from this study helps inform decision-making across college athletics and infuses additional student-athlete voices to these discussions,” said Jennifer Cross, Athlete Viewpoint Co-Founder.

“Each of the areas we reviewed (academics; athletics; physical, mental and financial health; and views about return to campus) directly impact the well-being of the college athlete.  They provided insightful feedback about what is – and is not – working well for them while they are physically separated from their campuses and teams.”

Part 1: Academics and Virtual Instruction can be viewed here: College Athletes COVID Study – Academics

Part 2: Athletic Departments and College Athlete Health and Well-Being can be viewed here: College Athletes COVID Study – Athletics MHWB