ERIC Number: ED482371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
When Values Matter.
Zemsky, Robert, Ed.
Policy Perspectives, v11 n2 Nov 2003
This issue explores how competitive intercollegiate athletics affects both admissions practices and the nature of academic community at private colleges and universities that practice selective admission. It is based on a roundtable that took place in February 2003. It is clear that the athletic profile of such selective campuses is considerably different than the culture of high-stakes, big-media collegiate sports at the large, mainly public, universities. Athletic participation on these selective campuses can be seen as preparation for life rather than preparation for work. As the competition intensifies for admission to these institutions, so too does the contention over how athletic ability should figure in the mix of factors that determine which students gain admission from a pool of highly capable and promising applicants. At an earlier age, students in high-aspiration communities come to understand the need to excel in a specific area, to develop a talent that distinguishes them in the competition for admission to the most selective institutions. The subject of athletics has become a focal point for a deeper set of uncertainties within the academy, including the question of what values these institutions seek to foster in their students and learning communities. In all of higher education, there is an uneasy disparity between the drive to academic distinction and athletic prowess. What seems to be missing if not the discussion of athletics per se, but the articulation of the institutional and educational values to provide a context for considering the role that athletics should play and the resources it should command. The college president has the central leadership role in the explorations of these values and the place of college athletics. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Athletics, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Values, Values Clarification
Knight Higher Education Collaborative, Institute for Research on Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania, 4200 Pine Street, 5A, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4090. Tel: 215-898-4585; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.irhe.upen.edu/pubs.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL.
Authoring Institution: Knight Higher Education Collaborative, Philadelphia, PA.
Note: Published three times per year. Theme issue. Based on a National Roundtable on Intercollegiate Athletics and Selective Admissions, convened at the University of Pennsylvania in February 2003.