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ERIC Number: ED282172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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Academics and an Athlete: Related Issues.
Whitner, Phillip A.; Myers, Randall C.
The educational attainment of college athletes has become a major national concern. Universities often have student athletes who are marginally prepared. Because universities accept these marginally prepared student athletes, it seems reasonable that they should provide special services necessary to reduce academic deficiencies. Raising academic entrance standards to eliminate student athletes with academic deficiencies is no solution. An alternative is for universities to provide marginally prepared student athletes with special services. Documentation of special educational support programs for student athletes needs to appear in the literature. Without documentation, professionals have no models to use when developing their own programs or when implementing special program components. Issues related to each institution's educational support service and to each institution's own uniqueness need to be reported. Reports by professionals who work at institutions of varying size may lead to the development of a model that could serve as the foundation for most educational support programs for student athletes. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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