There are a couple of posts from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s blog definitely worth your attention.
- Two UGA doctoral students have published a study that suggests a change of conferences is good for a school’s academic health: “On average, colleges that moved to a new league saw about a 3-percent decrease in their admit rate (meaning they became more selective) and a 5-percent increase in their admission yield rate (more admitted students enrolled) three years after joining the new conference. The ACT scores of incoming students increased by more than .29 points. And the colleges saw a net gain of about 130 applications per year three years after their moves.” It appears that media attention about the shiny toy of a new setting pays off in more ways than just getting a bigger TV check.
- It’s no secret that plenty of student-athletes entering big time college football are woefully unprepared for the rigors of academics on their new level. In response, many schools have stepped up their academic support for those kids. How much of what is being done for student-athletes is something that can be translated over to the general student population? If the answer to that is plenty, should that change schools’ admission policies? (And make sure you read the article linked in the first sentence of the post. It’ll get you.)