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Wolverton, Brad – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Amid a national debate about paying college athletes, the NCAA likes to tout its often-overlooked Student Assistance Fund, whose goal is to provide direct financial support to players. The fund--which draws from the association's multibillion-dollar media-rights deals--will distribute some $75-million this year to Division I athletes. The money…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Athletics, Athletes, Nonprofit Organizations
Wolverton, Brad – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
College sports is a billion-dollar enterprise whose leaders pride themselves on taking care of athletes. But lately many institutions have lost that focus. Broad proposals to change the game have historically fallen short. But what if the focus is narrowed, reorganizing around the needs of students? This article presents five ideas for doing that:…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Student Needs, Change Strategies, Organizational Change
Wolverton, Brad – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
A series of unprecedented scandals has eroded confidence in big-time sports, increasing the appetite for change. Some critics have a tough time seeing the NCAA as a savior; they say the real problem is the NCAA structure itself, which allows athletes to generate billions of dollars for colleges while earning no compensation themselves. Mark A.…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Program Administration, Change Agents, Change Strategies
Wolverton, Brad – Chronicle of Higher Education, 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…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Adult Learning, Adult Students, State Colleges
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
When it's not staging any Final Four match-ups, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the powerful governing body critics love to hate. The association's 11-year, $6-billion contract with CBS to televise the tournament has become a lightning rod for critics who say the association is all about making money off athletes. Not so,…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Professional Associations, Criticism, Money Management
Wolverton, Brad – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The nation's biggest athletics departments are quietly trying to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for separate sports endowments, heating up the competition for donors and raising questions about institutional priorities during the economic crunch. At least eight programs hope to bring in more than $100-million each to defray the rising costs…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Goal Orientation, Fund Raising, Financial Needs
Wolverton, Brad – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
For two weeks every June, the College World Series showcases one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA's) most popular sports. More than 300,000 fans flock to picturesque Rosenblatt Stadium, in Omaha, with millions more tuning in on ESPN. Ticket sales, which in recent years topped $9-million, make baseball the NCAA's…
Descriptors: Team Sports, College Athletics, Budgeting, Retrenchment
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Despite years of prodding from officials at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to bolster athletes' performance in the classroom, nearly 10 percent of all athletics teams in the NCAA's top division failed to meet the association's annual benchmark for academic progress, new data show. Of the 6,300 or so teams in Division I, the…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Athletes, College Students, Academic Achievement
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
The federal government could take a cue from its regulation of charitable organizations in monitoring the freewheeling fiscal habits of big-time college athletics, a leading tax lawyer says. The author reports on the ideas offered by John D. Colombo, a professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, for monitoring big spending on college…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Finance Reform, Tax Credits
Wolverton, Brad – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Big-time college sports programs derive 60 percent to 80 percent of their revenue from commercial sources, suggesting that intercollegiate athletics--at least at the elite levels--may have "crossed the line" from an educational to a commercial endeavor. That finding comes from a report, "Tax Preferences for Collegiate Sports," released last week…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Income, Incentives, Taxes
Cottle, Thomas – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
College basketball's March Madness has come at a time when one prominent coach's salary has been held up for inspection. Apparently, the fact that the $1.6-million annual income of the University of Connecticut's Jim Calhoun makes him the highest-paid public employee in his state has rankled some people. Or are they more upset that he was caught…
Descriptors: Team Sports, Educational Finance, Salary Wage Differentials, Comparable Worth
Sander, Libby – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
For five decades, the University of Louisville men's basketball team has played its home games at the state's fairgrounds, in a modest arena originally built for horse shows. And for just as many seasons, the team's toughest competition for scheduling has come from the livestock--and the flea markets and tractor pulls that also vie for the space.…
Descriptors: Team Sports, College Athletics, Business, Profiles
Sander, Libby; Fain, Paul – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Billy Gillispie, like many college basketball coaches, was hired--and fired--in a hurry. But the contract negotiations that dragged on for nearly two years while he coached the University of Kentucky's men's basketball team showed little of the same urgency that defined his entrance and exit. Mr. Gillispie worked for Kentucky under a memorandum of…
Descriptors: Team Sports, College Athletics, Employment Practices, Tenure
Keller, Josh – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
Most athletics programs, if forced to raise $300-million to renovate a football stadium, would not set an ambitious endowment goal at the same time. The University of California at Berkeley is trying to do both. The university's California Memorial Stadium sits directly over an earthquake fault: it needs a major seismic retrofit that will take…
Descriptors: College Athletics, State Aid, Universities, Endowment Funds
Kelderman, Eric – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
This article describes the result of a recent report from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) which has raised the hackles of some college officials who charge that the data are incomplete and that the NCAA has clouded the real fiscal value of sports programs. The study revealed the growing financial support colleges provide to…
Descriptors: College Athletics, Financial Support, Athletic Coaches, Athletes
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