Survey Finds Academy's Alumni Finding Success in Sports Careers

Posted by | May 15, 2012 | News & Events | No Comments

An Alumni Survey conducted in April discovered that more than 70 percent of the United States Sports Academy’s alumni work in the sports industry, which is roughly double the percentage of other social science graduates who work in the profession they studied.

The finding was one of several positive results from the survey that was completed by domestic and international alumni. The Institutional Effectiveness Committee conducts an Alumni Survey every five years. It provides vital data so that the Academy can better understand and meet student expectations, and to assess the university’s academic programs for its students.

Dr. T.J. Rosandich, the Academy’s vice president and chief academic officer, says from the alumni responses that it is clear that the sport education school, also known as “America’s Sports University,” is fulfilling its mission statement to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sport.

“It is obvious from the Alumni Survey results and the regular communications we receive from our alumni, that our students are landing professional positions in sports and are excelling,” Dr. Rosandich says. “I do want to thank all the students who completed the survey and all of our faculty and staff for their good work in meeting the needs of our students.”

The survey also revealed:

  • 93.9% have applied learned theories to practical works situations since graduating.
  • 92.5% would recommend the Academy to their friends and colleagues who want to pursue their sport education.
  • 85.3% were prepared for their current job after completing the Academy’s educational program.
  • 82.6% secured employment within four months after graduating from the Academy.
  • 80% of those who completed a mentorship/internship accepted a job offer from the organization.
  • 60.6% earned a promotion and/or salary increase after earning their degree.

Besides answering 16 questions in the survey, alumni were also allowed to make comments about their academic program at the Academy. Here is a sampling of what a few alumni had to say in the surveys:

  • “With a busy schedule (family and work) it is nice to be able to do the course work at my pace. This course has helped me understand what it takes to manage in athletics. It will really help me when I become an Athletic Director.”
  • “I truly enjoyed my first semester here at the Academy. It has shown me how to actively involve myself in my own learning process, as opposed to having to be forced to learn something at a professor’s discretion.”
  • “Again, I am happy with my progress at the United States Sports Academy and would recommend anyone interested in enhancing their degree to look towards enrolling.”

This year marks 40 years since the non-profit Academy was established in an effort to upgrade the profession of sport in the United States and throughout the world through education.

The university officially began April 22, 1972 when it became the first and only free standing, regionally accredited school of sport in America, a distinction that continues to this day.

The Academy was born from the United States’ need for a national school of sport, highlighted by the U.S. Olympic team’s poor performance in the 1972 Munich Olympiad. This was further emphasized by the Blyth-Mueller Report in 1974 that found the poor preparation of coaches resulted in an increase in severe sport injuries in youth.

Today, the Academy is the largest graduate school of sport education in the world and it has provided sport education to more than 60 nations across the globe. During its history, thousands of students have earned degrees in its regionally accredited bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. In addition, the Academy is the only online university whose Sports Management degree programs are approved at all three levels by the North American Society of Sports Management (NASSM).

The Academy was a leader in higher education when it began moving all of its academic programs 100% online in the early 1990s. This gives its students the utmost flexibility to take courses whenever and wherever they want in today’s demanding and difficult times.

Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, who founded the sports university and is the school’s President and CEO, says the Academy strives to achieve its mission and be an innovator in higher education.

“We pride ourselves on the commitment the past 40 years of our faculty and staff to helping our students to grow and to prepare for responsible positions within the profession of sport,” Dr. Rosandich says. “Given our track record of success, we look forward to the future and continuing to be a national and worldwide resource for sport education.”

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