ERIC Number: ED251034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-26
Reference Count: N/A
Oversight on College Athletic Programs. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. United States Senate, Ninety-Eighth Congress, Second Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities.
The quality of education obtained by student-athletes in large-scale collegiate athletic programs is assessed. Attention is directed to a proposed bill that would require university athletic departments to maintain an accurate accounting of all athletes under scholarship, organized by sport, in order to evaluate their academic progress. The following concerns are addressed: the case of athletes who have academic ability but do not succeed because of time demands placed on them by athletics; the dilution of academic standards to accommodate the student-athlete; and the extent to which athletic scholarship programs respond to the needs of student-athletes no longer able to participate in college athletic programs. Additional considerations include: the initial eligibility of the student-athlete; the extent to which student-athletes are awarded inappropriate passing grades; and the problems student-athletes face in accumulating enough credits to graduate in 4 years. The proposed bill would require institutions to make an educational commitment to the athlete at the time of recruitment. If it took 4 or 5 years for the student to graduate or if the individual was injured, the scholarship would not be terminated. Suggestions are offered that college presidents should get involved in college athletic issues to stop abuses. (SW)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities.