ERIC Number: ED317102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Old College Try. Balancing Academics and Athletics in Higher Education. ERIC Digest.
Thelin, John R.; Wiseman, Lawrence L.
The digest is based on a full length report on academics and athletics in higher education. The full report provides a definitive review of the literature and institutional practice on the topic. Three sections consider: (1) business and politics of college sports (e.g. most budgets for athletics programs show signs of precarious fiscal fitness, some standard procedures of big-time sports programs jeopardize many privileges and exemptions colleges traditionally have enjoyed as nonprofit educational organizations, and sports programs managed as admittedly commercial enterprises tend to have government agencies looking at athletics foundations more as entertainment than education); (2) why college sports programs resist reform (the key figure in such a reform is the college president, yet making decisive changes in athletics policy is not easy for a president who must contend with external pressures, problems of a single campus working in isolation, and the visibility of college sports); and (3) reform measures that can help achieve a proper balance (e.g. internal taxation, public policy for nonprofit organizations, and cooperation among colleges and their presidents). Contains 7 references. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Athletics, Business, Change Strategies, College Athletics, College Curriculum, Educational Change, Higher Education, Politics
ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, The George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036-1181 ($1.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Descriptive; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.