ERIC Number: EJ803589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 29
The Institution's Obligations to Athletes
Sharp, Linda A.; Sheilley, Holly K.
New Directions for Higher Education, n142 p103-113 Sum 2008
Many commentators have noted that growing commercialization of college sports has made it increasingly difficult for universities to reconcile the gap between college sports and the fundamental mission of higher education. This article considers those individuals who choose to be a student athlete in good faith, and suggests strategies that can be implemented in the quest for a meaningful education, balancing the need for winning and maintaining profitable athletic programs with maintaining the core value of academic success. The authors conclude that such balance is achievable if coaches, athletic staff, and faculty are committed to nurturing and assisting the student athlete to achieve such a goal, which will ultimately translate into success beyond college.
Descriptors: College Athletics, Academic Achievement, Athletes, School Business Relationship, Educational Objectives, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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