This Chronicle of Higher Education piece asks an interesting question: “Who Should Oversee Athletes’ Academic Progress?”
Ohio is one in a long line of colleges that have built facilities dedicated solely to providing academic support for athletes. But a group of faculty members is asking that those services be put under the control of an academic unit such as the provost’s office rather than the athletics department. They worry that the current system might cheat athletes out of a top-notch education and could invite scandal.
To me, there would appear to be obvious conflicts of interest in putting a coaching staff in charge of players’ academics. One is the obvious matter of maintaining academic eligibility. The other is the fair number of coaching contracts that contain bonuses for meeting certain APR thresholds.
I’m particularly curious to hear from those of you who’ve long argued that academics should be the guiding standard for admissions. Do you feel the same way about this issue?