For Many Years, Academics And Athletics At The Ncaa Division

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For many years, academics and athletics at the NCAA Division 1 level have been guided by different priorities, admitting college athletes who are unqualified for an education of that level just because of their ability to perform on the playing field. Now more than ever, professional teams are scouting student athletes well into their high school days. In a lot of cases, these athletes need to spend anywhere from one to three years in college before they can be drafted. This has caused many to wonder what kind of an education colleges are really providing these student-athletes. In many cases, students are given special classes with less work, so that they can pass. There needs to be steps to fix the problem. But first, we must see why…show more content…
Many in higher education argue that participation in Division I athletics generates benefits for the entire institution, including donations, applications, regional economic returns, school spirit, and even state support. If those returns are in fact true, which both the report and recent research question, the new Delta report says that may not be enough to justify the divergent trends in academic and athletic spending, especially during an economic downturn. “Possible benefits aside, comparisons of spending on athletics and academics raise questions about institutional priorities and whether rising athletic subsidies are appropriate, particularly in the current budgetary environment,” the report states. “For many institutions, spending on athletics is sacrosanct, even when academic spending (such as for faculty pay and academic programs) is being cut or frozen”. The report did not include spending for Division II or Division III programs. The report notes that, during the downturn, while many institutions faced financial pressure and cut academic programs, only a few Division I institutions – including the University of Maryland at College Park, the University of California at Berkeley, and Rutgers University – cut athletic teams or spending to cope with budget
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