Robin Salters

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Douglas Davidson

Second Advisor

Dr. Ronald Kramer

Third Advisor

Dr. Lewis Walker

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to examine the knowledge, attitude, and appreciation of high school student-athletes toward National Collegiate Athletics Association bylaw 14.3, commonly known as Proposition 48. The subjects completed a questionnaire inquiring about their knowledge of Proposition 48 as well as knowledge of its qualifying criteria. Those subjects that acknowledged having heard of the bylaw were then asked questions pertaining to their attitude towards Proposition 48 as a standard for intercollegiate athletics eligibility and the effect of their knowledge of Proposition 48 on their study habits in preparing for the pressures of being an intercollegiate athlete.

The results of the questionnaire provided a small sample of predominately white, female high school basketball and volleyball student-athletes with little or no knowledge of Proposition 48. A majority of those with knowledge supported the requirements of Proposition 48 and felt that their knowledge of the bylaw had no effect on their study habits.

The results of this study indicate that the majority (59.4%) support Proposition 48's requirements, including the use of minimum standards for athletics eligibility.