The congruence of student and faculty goals as a predictor of student satisfaction in sport management courses

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Exercise and Sport Sciences

First Committee Member

Anne Hocutt - Committee Chair

Second Committee Member

Craig Enders - Committee Member


Relatively few studies have examined the educational goals and values held by students and their professors. Even fewer studies, and none in the field of sport management, have explored the discrepancies that exist between these two groups. This study examined the extent to which these discrepancies predict student satisfaction. Students' goals were obtained from the Student Goal Exploration Survey (Stark, 1990), and a parallel version titled "Faculty Perspective" was used to examine faculty goals. Student satisfaction was measured using the "Instructional Improvement Questionnaire" (Pohlman, 1973).A purposive sample of 207 sport management undergraduates (majors and minors) was drawn from the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at a private research university in the southeastern United States. A hierarchical regression analysis was performed using sub-scale correlation coefficients (discrepancies) as a predictor and attitudes (satisfaction on a Likert scale) as an outcome measure. Based on the literature, it was hypothesized that if there is consensus between student and faculty goals in sport management courses, students should be satisfied with their educational experience.While the hypothesis was accurate, it was found that only the minor degree-seeking sport management students yielded these results.


Education, Business; Education, Curriculum and Instruction

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