IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

An Examination of Public Private Academic Partnerships: Does Program Success Enhance University Performance Outcomes?


  • Gregory B. Murphy

    () (Idaho State University)

  • Neil Tocher

    () (Idaho State University)

  • Bryant Ward

    () (Idaho State University)


Abstract In response to a steady decline in State funding, universities have become heavily involved in a variety of public private academic partnerships (PPAPs) in such areas as medical research, business incubation, technological commercialization, continuing professional education, and intercollegiate athletics. Despite this trend, research which examines if such partnerships actually enhance university funding is rare within the public organization literature. Given this, we focus on university intercollegiate athletics programs, which represent one of the largest PPAPs ever undertaken by universities, to examine whether PPAP success can potentially enhance university performance outcomes leading to increased funding levels. Such programs represent a PPAP because public, private, and academic entities all come together to form an organization (division 1 football at the bowl subdivision level) which seeks to benefit all three entities through sharing resources and responsibilities. Study results showed that athletic success positively influenced a variety of university performance outcome variables such as enrollments and endowments. While results indicate that PPAP success can enhance university funding, we also suggest modifications that should enhance the chances that PPAPs will be successful.

Suggested Citation

  • Gregory B. Murphy & Neil Tocher & Bryant Ward, 2016. "An Examination of Public Private Academic Partnerships: Does Program Success Enhance University Performance Outcomes?," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 16(1), pages 95-115, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:porgrv:v:16:y:2016:i:1:d:10.1007_s11115-014-0298-3
    DOI: 10.1007/s11115-014-0298-3

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    File Function: Abstract
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Chris Cohen & Warren Whisenant & Patrick Walsh, 2011. "The Relationship Between Sustained Success and Donations for an Athletic Department with a Premier Football Program," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 11(3), pages 255-263, September.
    2. Emerson Mainardes & Mário Raposo & Helena Alves, 2014. "Universities Need a Market Orientation to Attract Non-Traditional Stakeholders as New Financing Sources," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 14(2), pages 159-171, June.
    3. Noel D. Campbell & Tammy M. Rogers & R. Zachary Finney, 2007. "Evidence of Television Exposure Effects in AP Top 25 College Football Rankings," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 8(4), pages 425-434, August.
    4. Tucker, Irvin B., 2004. "A reexamination of the effect of big-time football and basketball success on graduation rates and alumni giving rates," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 23(6), pages 655-661, December.
    5. Robert Kirby Goidel & John Maxwell Hamilton, 2006. "Strengthening Higher Education Through Gridiron Success? Public Perceptions of the Impact of National Football Championships on Academic Quality," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 87(4), pages 851-862.
    6. F. G. Mixon & L. J. TreviNO & T. C. Minto, 2004. "Touchdowns and test scores: exploring the relationship between athletics and academics," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(7), pages 421-424.
    7. John Goddard & Peter J. Sloane, 2005. "Economics of sport," Chapters,in: Economics Uncut, chapter 12 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    8. Stephen J. Perez, 2012. "Does Intercollegiate Athletics Draw Local Students to a University?," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 13(2), pages 198-206, April.
    9. Tad Anderson & Elizabeth Michael & James Peirce, 2012. "Innovative Approaches for Managing Public-Private Academic Partnerships in Big Science and Engineering," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 12(1), pages 1-22, March.
    10. David L. Deephouse & Suzanne M. Carter, 2005. "An Examination of Differences Between Organizational Legitimacy and Organizational Reputation," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 42(2), pages 329-360, March.
    11. Devin G. Pope & Jaren C. Pope, 2009. "The Impact of College Sports Success on the Quantity and Quality of Student Applications," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 75(3), pages 750-780, January.
    12. Stephen Hicks, 2010. "Analysis of the cash flow of United Kingdom universities," Public Money & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 30(4), pages 251-256, July.
    13. TA. Rhoads & S. Gerking, 2000. "Educational contributions, academic quality, and athletic success," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 18(2), pages 248-258, April.
    14. Francis Coxhead & Janet Grauberg & Paul Joyce & Colin Knox & Tanya Lawes & Andrew Massey, 2010. "New development: Adapting university education for changing expectations of public services leaders and managers—guidance for designing and delivering MPAs," Public Money & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 30(3), pages 138-142, May.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:kap:porgrv:v:16:y:2016:i:1:d:10.1007_s11115-014-0298-3. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Sonal Shukla) or (Rebekah McClure). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.