Measuring Student Athlete Success at a Division II HBCU


Amyn Abduk-Khaliq
Fayetteville State University, Retention Data Specialist

Scott James
Hobsons, Data Scientist


Student-athletes face a host of unique challenges during their university experience- attempting to balance coursework with practices, workouts, and competitions. Fayetteville State University has a variety of interventions designed to help student-athletes in their pursuit of a university degree and has partnered with Starfish at Hobsons to investigate the effectiveness of these programs. In this session, we’ll explore how success metrics for student-athletes compare to non-athletes, whether or not interventions designed to help student-athletes have had a positive effect on GPA, and how FSU plans to use this information to better serve their student-athlete population.


Amyn Abduk-Khaliq earned his BS in psychology and MS in Experimental Psychology from Fayetteville State University. Amyn Abduk-Khaliq is the Retention Data Specialist/Statistician for University College at Fayetteville State University (FSU) in Fayetteville, NC. He has been in higher education since 2009. University College is responsible for first-year programs and retention at FSU, including academic support, advisement, and enrichment programs. His research Interests are HBCUs, African-American males in higher education, and student success.

Scott James is a Data Scientist at Hobsons, where he builds predictive models for student success, develops visual representations of data, and analyzes intervention effectiveness. Scott is especially passionate about helping institutional leaders interpret findings from statistical analyses, and use those insights to enhance decision making and drive policy changes. Partnering with university researchers, Scott has conducted research on online course taking and course withdrawals, studying their relationships with student retention. As an undergraduate Scott worked on a project for the USEPA analyzing patterns in toxic emissions, and as a graduate student led a project for the Baltimore Ravens applying decision models to the NFL draft. Scott holds a Bachelors degree in Statistics and a Masters in Advanced Analytics, both from North Carolina State University.