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ERIC Number: EJ764673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr-6
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
When Academics and Athletics Collide
Holsendolph, Ernest
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n4 p22-23 Apr 2006
When things are going right, there's nobody more popular on the college campus than the student-athlete--the gifted undergrad who can hit the clutch jumper or get that vital first down. Even better is the athlete who can step into the classroom and hold his or her own against students who have none of his or her extracurricular commitments. While it is undoubtedly a challenge, many student-athletes manage to expertly navigate life on and off the field. A lot has changed in the last few years, however. The life of the student-athlete is more structured and the athletes now come in several varieties. Some cruise onto campus for a year or two before chasing their dreams in the NBA or the NFL. But for most collegiate athletes, the college game is the end of the line. To handle that mix of realities and new pressure from the NCAA, most schools have instituted elaborate guidance programs designed to balance academic and athletic commitments while leaving some flexibility for the student to enjoy the college experience. Many collegiate athletes are still just barely managing to maintain their eligibility, but the consequences faced by those who lose it ought to be a clear signal to students, coaches, and advisers that academic standards are being taken seriously.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland