Athletics And College Athletic Association

1575 Words Jul 28th, 2015 7 Pages
Athletics and academics go hand-in-hand when it comes to college athletes, after all, the NCAA (National College Athletic Association) states that the players are students first, and athletes second. Because they are student-athletes, obtaining their degree and furthering their education should come first and foremost; above how many games they win, how many points they score and if the school wins a National Championship. As many know or have seen, this is not always the case especially when it comes to Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) Universities and revenue-generating sports (e.g. Men’s Basketball and Football).
One example of academics taking a back seat to athletics is the term ‘Academic Clustering’, which is defined as “25% or more of players from a team being enrolled in a single major. Furthermore there are “super clusters” which is 50% or more of players as well as “mega clusters” 75% or more of players are enrolled in a single major” (Fountain & Finley, 2011, p. 25). Academic clustering is an important topic that requires additional research, as there’s limited research done thus far on the topic. Educators, students and parents should be aware of this issue, given that when students are clustered into majors that may be deemed “easier” and/or “more convenient/flexible”, they then lose out on a college experience they would enjoy by majoring in something they are interested in. Furthermore, there is an issue of athletes’ graduating with degrees that…
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