Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Financial Decision Making and NCAA Senior Woman Administrators

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Financial Decision Making and NCAA Senior Woman Administrators

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One of the purposes of the creation of the Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) position by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was to ensure that women were involved in decision making processes in a meaningful way (NCAA, 1991). Financial decision making has been cited as a significant and critical area to career advancement in intercollegiate athletics (Grappendorf, Lough, & Griffin, 2004; Tiell, 2004). Tiell (2004) found that athletic directors perceive the SWA to be empowered to make decisions, but the Senior Woman Administrators (SWAs) did not. Sagas and Cunningham (2004) contended that SWAs made up the greatest potential group to become head athletic directors. Therefore, the implications of this study will contribute to the knowledge of intercollegiate policy makers and athletic administrators who wish to shed light on the issue of lack of involvement of SWAs in the roles that were intended to empower women in career advancement. Surveys of all (N = 641) NCAA SWAs were emailed and included six areas of financial decision making (Operations, Budgeting, Capital Outlay, Salary Consideration, Media/Broadcast Contracts, and Sponsorship/Advertising). There were 268 responses for a return rate of 41.8%. For each decision area, participants were asked to rank their actual and desired frequency of participation, the title of person primarily responsible for decisions in that area, and how important decision making influence in that area contributed to overall influence at the institution. …

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