ERIC Number: ED316069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Hearings on the Role of Athletics in College Life. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education of the Committee on Education and Labor. House of Representatives, One Hundred First Congress, First Session (May 18 and 24, 1989).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
Testimony concerning the role of intercollegiate athletics in contemporary college life is recorded in this hearings report. Big-time athletics have become an increasingly important element within American colleges and universities, and at times they appear to overshadow academics in higher education. Student athletes are confronted with pressures, demands, expectations and temptations to a degree unheard of by their predecessors a generation ago, a fact which raises the question, have the short-term excitement and revenues of athletics blinded some colleges and universities to their long-term responsibility of educating students? The purpose of the hearings was to enlighten members of Congress, and through them the general public, as to what happens in practice (how student athletes are governed, the role of the media in creating pressures, and how students are recruited). Statements are presented from Subcommittee Chairman Pat Williams; Subcommittee members E. Thomas Coleman, George Miller, and Thomas J. Tauke; Representatives Ed Towns and Tom McMillen; Reverend Timothy Healey, President, Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.); and a variety of other witnesses, including educators, sports administrators, a high school athletic director, and a sports writer. Prepared statements, letters, and supplemental materials are included. (SM)
Descriptors: Athletes, College Athletics, College Students, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Hearings, Higher Education, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Student Recruitment
Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.