Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the National Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (NSIA)?

The National Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (NSIA) is a set of national longitudinal survey inventories designed to gather information on organizational culture in intercollegiate athletic administration. The NSIA was created in 2011 and initially piloted  in 2014 by Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) under the direction of Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 2022, the project was moved to the Organizational Disparities Laboratory at Michigan State Univeristy.

2. How is NSIA funded?

NSIA is supported by the Organizational Disparities Laboratory and a Gift Fund from the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA).

3. My institution does not currently participate in NSIA. How can we participate?

If your department is not a current participant, contact the NSIA Helpdesk at to enroll. 

4. How are results published?

Results are only published in a summary format. No individual department or respondent will be identified in any reports. Participating athletics departments will be provided data-based reports. Identities and any personally identifiable information related to participating individuals or institutions will not be shared with participating institutions or made public. Likewise, the NSIA does not make individual or institutional information available to third parties.

5. How do I cite NSIA in my publication?

Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory, University of Wisconsin–Madison, The National Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (NSIA), [year]. Available at

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