Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ed.D. in Education

First Advisor

John A. Holleman

Second Advisor

Whitney Webb

Third Advisor

Linda Keena


University of Mississippi

Relational Format



Colleges and universities in the United States currently face an n issue of student-athletes enrolling in online courses and not being prepared. Research has shown that students take these classes for a variety of reasons and perceive a variety of advantages and disadvantages to these types of classes and even more specifically, the subjects taken in the online format. Their level of preparedness, the reasons for this level, and the perceived assistance needed were also issues to be examined. This study aims to determine how prepared for online courses the first-year football student - athletes were during the 2018-2019 school year. In addition, it seeks to determine how these and other student-athletes can be better prepared for their first college online course. Based on a review of the literature on online education and theories of student success, online teaching and learning, and social class, face-to-face interviews were conducted with fourteen first-year football student-athletes at The University of Mississippi. Analysis of the responses demonstrated that the students had different perceptions of what could help future student-athletes attempting their first online class. On this basis, several recommendations on the building and departmental level were made to help student-athletes be more prepared for an online course in their first year.



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