Academic Success Among College Athletes

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Academic Success among College Athletes Do student athletes make the most of their opportunity to obtain a post-secondary education? Do they have the same academic success as those students that are not athletes? Are student athletes just “dumb jocks?” The answers to these questions might surprise you. Much research has been done to dispel the myth that athletes going to college are only there to play sports with little regard to their education. Programs have been created to assure that colleges and universities hold athletes to the same standards as the everyday student. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has decided that the “magic number” to put the “student” back into “student-athlete” is 925 (Hamilton). At …show more content…
Board of Education, understates the academic success of athletes. The GSR was established based on the number of scholarship “student-athletes” who graduate each year and more accurately reflects the movement among college student-athletes (NCAA). The GSR takes into account incoming transfers who graduate from a different institution than the one they started at and transfers who leave an institution in good standing (Rangel). The GSR serves as an information tool for prospective student-athletes and a comparison of each sports success between institutions (Rangel). The GSR is useful in accessing a school’s commitment to education for “student-athletes.”
As Academic Performance Ratings and Graduation Success Rates climb, one begins to realize that “student-athletes” are not just “dumb jocks.” In actuality, compared to the general population of students, athletes have a higher overall graduation rate. The national graduation rate for athletes is 64 percent, while the graduation rate for all students is only 62 percent (Lawler). The NCAA has made great strides in making sure schools work to turn out “educated jocks.”

Works Cited
Dodd, Dennis. “Explaining the Academic Performance Rate”. CBS Sports.com. CBS Interactive, Web. 10 Oct. 2011
Hamilton, Kendra. “Putting the ‘student’ back into the student-athlete: in an effort to improve retention and graduation rates, the NCAA rolls out new rules and regulations”. Black Issues in Higher
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