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The College Sport Research Institute’s (CSRI) mission is to: Encourage and support interdisciplinary and inter-university collaborative college sport research, serve as a research consortium for college sport researchers from across the United States, and disseminate college sport research results to academics, college sport practitioners, and the general public.


CSRI provides opportunities for independent, organized and focused cross-disciplinary research regarding college sport in the United States. Specifically, CSRI is committed to serving as a national clearinghouse for college sports research, building research capacity — both internally and externally — that increases the ability of students, faculty, and college sport practitioners to perform research into issues in college sport.


  • Investigate issues on college sport and conduct cooperative, collaborative research with affiliated faculty and universities.
  • Provide opportunities for faculty to develop research activities.
  • Encourage the presentation of research results to colleagues and the general public through hosting a national conference and publishing a peer-reviewed academic journal focused on issues in college sport.


In support of the institute’s mission, the College Sport Research Institute has the following Goals:

  1. Create public awareness of socio-cultural, economic, and political issues in college sport.
  2. Provide a forum for open discussion of relevant issues within the college-sport community.
  3. Build relationships within local, regional and national communities to generate funding for independent critical research into college sport.
  4. Generate local, regional, and national awareness of the College Sport Research Institute and The University of South Carolina in Columbia as a leader in college-sport research.
  5. Educate students, scholars, athletic administrators, college athletes, coaches, and the general public on college-sport issues.

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