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ERIC Number: EJ989655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-9
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Need 3 Quick Credits to Play Ball? Call Western Oklahoma
Wolverton, Brad
Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov 2012
Western Oklahoma State College's name comes up whenever athletes get themselves in a jam: They've failed a class. They've dropped another. Maybe they're just short on credits. But they still want to play. Western Oklahoma gives them a chance, offering three credits in two weeks--and for less than $400. Almost as appealing: The community college mails out transcripts the day after classes end, allowing players to get back on the field with minimal disruption. Last year those 10-day classes attracted 5,668 students. Many are adult learners and others looking to finish their degrees faster. But the market for athletes has proven particularly lucrative. Nearly half of the students in those classes play college sports, the college estimates. The courses are especially popular with junior-college players looking to transfer to the big time. But elite research universities have also accepted their credits. It's not just the speedy credit that appeals to many players. According to dozens of academic advisers, athletes, and coaches, Western Oklahoma offers some of the easiest classes around. Western Oklahoma State's leaders say that they are committed to ensuring academic quality, and that they have taken steps to safeguard the classes' integrity, including timing tests and locking down browsers during exams so students can't search the Web for answers. The college doesn't offer mathematics, science, or composition in the two-week format; academic leaders say such courses would be too difficult to complete in that time. And faculty members, who must approve all courses, say the 10-day content is the same as is taught during a regular semester.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma