Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



College of Education and Human Services


Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies

Committee Chair

Sam Stack

Committee Co-Chair

Dana Brooks

Committee Member

Jay Cole

Committee Member

Fernando Rivera

Committee Member

Neil Shaumbaugh


The purposes of this study were: (1) To determine if Life Skills Programs exist in all of the 14 Big Ten Schools, (2) To determine if the NCAA Division I-A Life Skills Commitment Statements were utilized at all the Big Ten Schools and (3) To determine how Big Ten administrators perceived Life Skills Programs are across all 14 Big Ten Universities.;It was anticipated that all Big Ten colleges had a Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success Life Skills Program on their campus. All Big Ten Life Skills administrators perceived their programs to be effective.;A written questionnaire based on the literature was constructed to answer the three research questions posed by the researcher. Upon IRB approval, the questionaire was emailed to the Big Ten administrators of the Life Skills Programs. The following universities located within the Big Ten conference were requested to participate: Indiana University, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, and University of Wisconsin.;The questionnaire consisted of two parts; each part took approximately 20 minutes to complete. The researcher made follow up phone calls if the subjects did not respond to the emailed questionnaires after two weeks. Ten of the fourteen Big Ten administrators participated in the study. The researcher found that all ten (n=10) schools offered Life Skills Programs, All ten (n=10) schools provided five of the Life Skills Commitment Statements and all ten (n=10) schools reported their Life Skills Programs were effective.