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Academics vs. Athletics

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Trevor Tuma

on 5 December 2014

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Transcript of Academics vs. Athletics

The Student-Athlete or the Athlete-Student
How have athletics changed education?
Problems with the current higher education system
-More than 40 percent of American students who start at four-year colleges haven’t earned a degree after six years.
-If you include community-college students in the tabulation, the dropout rate is more than half, worse than any other country except Hungary.
-About a quarter of college freshmen born into the bottom half of the income distribution will manage to collect a bachelor’s degree by age 24, while almost 90 percent of freshmen born into families in the top income quartile will go on to finish their degree.
Problems with the collegiate athletic system
Unstable Economics:
Head coaches earn several multiples of what university presidents or state governors make, and there is no end to spending on facilities.
Exploitation of Revenue:
Economic studies show every draft-quality college athlete generates far more in revenues than the cost of a scholarship.
Abuse of the Non-Profit Status:
Congress originally granted generous tax breaks to universities and other nonprofit organizations.
Shady Behavior:
These range from impermissible phone calls to phantom courses to payments under the table.
Sacrifice of Education Principles:
Commercialized spectator sports divert attention and resources from the educational aims of universities.
Additional Problems
-The Athletic programs at many colleges are inconsistent with the school's mission statements.
-Therefore, the persuit of athletic success has compromised student's ability to achieve academically.
-Over 60% of the University of North Carolina's football and basketball players read below the 8th grade level, and 10% read at or below the 3rd grade level
-Currently a 60 billion dollar industry
The bottom line
A relatively small number of high-profile athletes, mainly isolated in Division 1 athletes, help generate immense revenues for their schools, without getting fair treatment or full value from their scholarships because of the cultures of their sports, which have weak connections to classrooms.
-Parents, coaches, teachers, and student athletes need to understand that 'winning at all costs' diminishes thier lives and academic abilities.
-Increased focus on academics vs. athletics
-Eliminating some of the pressure associated with athletics
-College athletics have become a big business
-Focusing on the 'athletic' portion of being a student athlete, is unfair and will limit the experiences that the student should have while enrolled in the university of their choice
-Almost all student-athletes will end up as a professional in something other than sports
-The relationship between academics and athletics is quite complicated
-In America 21 million students are enrolled in a college/university
-The amount of women enrolling in college
is nearly double that of men
-Average costs: Private- $39,173 Public- $15,022

By Trevor Tuma

-5.2% of students participate in intercollegiate athletics
-Many colleges attract students with athletic scholarships
-On average, athletes spend 25-30 hours participating in their sport
"Fielding high quality athletic teams that generate substantial revenues for colleges and universities by competing against rival universities is a peculiarly American phenomenon... Virtually no other country in the world has copied it" -Education Department of Vanderbilt University
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