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The National Collegiate Athletic Association collects a wealth of data from its member institutions and their student-athletes. These data are collected to help answer research questions posed by college presidents, athletics personnel, faculty, student-athlete groups, the media, researchers and others in the higher education community and to assist in the development of national athletics policies. Late NCAA President Myles Brand recognized that these data represented a valuable source of information for addressing a variety of issues related to both intercollegiate athletics and higher education generally, and he believed that sharing it was important to the goal of fully integrating athletics into the broader university community. To that end, in 2008 he charged the NCAA staff with developing a program for providing this information to interested scholars.
The Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive is the repository for the publicly available data that are part of this initiative. This archive includes user-friendly data collections related to graduation rates; team-level Academic Progress Rates in Division I; and individual-level data on the experiences of current student-athletes from the NCAA's Growth, Opportunities, Aspirations and Learning of Students in college study (GOALS). The NCAA hopes to continue publishing data like these to assist researchers interested in student-athlete academic performance and well-being.