Athletics and educational integrity : schools, sports and society
Holm, David Todd.
Thesis (M.A.L.S.)--Georgetown University, 2009.; Includes bibliographical references. Competitive sports teams have long been a part of educational institutions. Athletics have been fertile ground to which ethics, values, and life lessons have been taught. The role of athletics and educational mission of colleges and universities have been debated for over one hundred years. The question that I will examine is: Can educational institutions maintain their values in a win driven society? My objective is to explain how leadership in educational institutions and athletic departments can find and maintain a balance between school and sports.; The majority of research centered on several core issues that have been the source for criticism of the role athletics should play on college campuses. Those issues included a brief history of college athletics, an examination of the encroachment of business practices involving collegiate athletics and academics. The use of case studies, review of literature, and the authors experience of serving as a coach and athletic director at both the collegiate and high school level have provided the majority of information found in this analysis.; The findings of this study were varied. Problems of commercialism and professionalism seeping into the collegiate and sub collegiate levels have been occurring since the very beginnings of school sponsored sports. Reform movements have addressed core concerns with collegiate athletics on a cyclical basis in which problems are identified, recommendations are made and little, if anything, changes.; I have concluded that it is possible to maintain academic integrity while supporting athletics on campus. However, many institutions, particularly big time athletic programs have clearly moved more towards professionalism and away from allowing student athletes to experience a typical undergraduate experience. This is particularly the case in the sports of football and basketball. Eliminating athletic scholarships would help bridge the gap between student athletes and their contemporaries. This, however, seems quite unlikely to happen. School presidents are the key to balancing the mission of their schools and controlling their athletic department. But, the job is too big for the presidents to do alone. In order to balance academics and athletics various stakeholders must share a clarity of purpose for their institutions.
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