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ERIC Number: ED109135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 8
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Tenure and the Coach.
Scott, Phebe M.
The question of whether a coach should be eligible to obtain tenure is receiving considerable attention throughout the educational community. For many years one of the strongest arguments for the inclusion of athletics in the academic world has been that athletics was an integral part of the physical education instructional program. When education was the major focus of intercollegiate programs, it seemed reasonable that personnel involved in coaching be eligible for tenure. It is however, extremely difficult at present to find an intercollegiate athletic program which can be classified as having educational outcomes as its major focus. Colleges and universities use athletics, instead, to gain publicity and national visibility. This change in the purpose of the athletic program has caused a change in the conduct of the programs and in the responsibilities of coaches. The athletic program has its own budget and its own facilities. Also, decisions regarding athletics do not go through regular academic channels. Usually, the athletic director reports directly to the president of the university or his designee. The evidence seems clear that intercollegiate athletic programs are now conducted as commercial enterprises with entertainment as the major focus of the program. Since tenure is designed for teaching faculty, it appears that coaches should not be eligible for tenure consideration. (JS)
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