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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Economic Profit and Winning Trumps Academic Achievement at Many Public Universities
CNN has completed an excellent investigation and video on college athletics misconduct, that is worth the five minutes it takes to watch/read. We all love an excellent college football or basketball game, and the skill and talent some of these athletes possess is nothing short of amazing! But sometimes when the viewer is subject to watching the cringe-worthy after game interviews with some of these students, it calls into question the fidelity and effectiveness of the college education these athletes are receiving at these institutions. According to this STUNNING article that not surprisingly received very little exposure, this is the ongoing, dirty little secret that many universities simply will not discuss. Students are being run through these colleges, most do not graduate, but some do, and these athletes, particularly the stars, are given tutors and there are allegations that the grades these athletes get are "given" to these students and much of the homework is completed on behalf of the athletes by "assistants" that are employed by the universities. This amazing, interactive chart allows the reader to click on the logo of various schools to see how they track and account for struggling student athletes. Not surprisingly, many of the top performing colleges provided 0 information, which is reprehensible in my opinion. Remember, these are public universities funded by our tax dollars. from the article: