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August 27, 2021

Rubin publishes timely research about financial literacy among college athletes

Submitted by Sarah Harper

Recently published research by a Kansas State University education professor is timely in light of the national name-image-likeness ruling and financial literacy among college athletes.

Lisa Rubin, associate professor of special education, counseling and student affairs, has studied financial literacy among college athletes long before the name-image-likeness laws were enacted. Her research, "Enhancing Financial Literacy Among College Athletes," was published in the Journal of Athlete Development and Experience in July and is helping bring more awareness to the struggles college athletes can face.

"Many college athletes struggle with financial literacy and as well as academics because of their time devoted to their athletic commitments," Rubin said. "They usually have limited exposure to financial education combined with limited time to actually educate themselves and pursue learning more about how to handle their finances."

Through a collaboration between the College of Education, personal financial planning department, K-State Athletics, and the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at the University of Texas, Austin, Rubin and colleagues received the 2018 Innovations in Research and Practice Grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association to study athletes' financial literacy. Additionally, Rubin is a recipient of the 2018 Big 12 Faculty Fellowship, which also supported this project.

Rubin also recently shared her research in a story that aired Aug. 11 on NBCLX