As the pressure to win and generate revenue and as the allegations of out-of-control spending continue to increase, there exists much interest in intercollegiate athletics. While researchers in the past have investigated specific issues related to athletics success, revenue generation, and graduation rates, no previous studies have attempted to evaluate these factors simultaneously. This chapter discusses the development of a data envelopment analysis (DEA) model aimed at measuring how efficient university athletic departments are in terms of the use of resources to achieve athletics success, generate revenue, and promote academic success and on-time graduation. Data from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) universities are used to evaluate the relative efficiency of the institutions. The model identifies a series of “best-practice” universities which are used to calculate efficient target resource levels for inefficient institutions. The value of the proposed methodology to decision makers is discussed.
Falasca, M. and Kros, J. (2018), "Intercollegiate Athletics Efficiency: A Two-Stage DEA Approach", Applications of Management Science (Applications of Management Science, Vol. 19), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 3-19. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0276-897620180000019001Download as .RIS
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