Make Student Athletics Fees Non-Mandatory

Posted on May 8th, 2013, by Comments Off

Last summer I testified before the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the subject of student activity fees and suggested that one way state lawmakers can appropriately seek to rein in college costs for students would be to make student activity fees at public institutions non-mandatory (by allowing students to opt-out of […]

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Chart of the Week: Subsidies for Intercollegiate Athletics

Posted on February 22nd, 2013, by Leave a comment

USA Today maintains a wonderful database on sports spending for more than 220 public colleges and universities across the country (they obtained the data through public records requests). This database, along with reporting total revenue and total expenses for athletic departments, also reports data on an institution’s “total subsidy;” that is, the amount of money […]

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UNC Looks into Academic Misconduct in College Athletics

Posted on July 31st, 2012, by 1 Comment

A special faculty committee at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has called for an independent commission to review academic-misconduct at the school on the part of the athletics program, the Observer of the Raleigh-Durham, NC area reports. The recommendation comes after a university investigation revealed that 54 courses in the African and Afro-American Studies […]

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CCAP Faculty Fellow Releases Book on College Athletics

Posted on April 20th, 2012, by Leave a comment

CCAP Faculty Fellow, David Ridpath, currently also an Assistant Professor of Sport Administration at Ohio University in the Department of Sports Administration and College of Business, has authored a new book on his experience as an NCAA compliance official. The book, Tainted Glory: Marshall University, the NCAA, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, available from iUniverse […]

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College Athletics Window Dressing

Posted on April 13th, 2012, by Comments Off

A story on on the latest activities in the athletic industrial complex contains a real doozy: The National Collegiate Athletic Association is looking to hire a full-service agency for $1.25 million annually over two years to primarily “increase awareness of and advocacy for the positive values of intercollegiate athletics.” Or as InsideHigherEd's “QuickTakes” summarizes […]

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'College' Athletics Run Amuck

Posted on February 2nd, 2012, by Comments Off

The Chronicle's “Ticker” blog reported last night that the NCAA is putting the University of Nebraska on probation for providing textbooks and school supplies to the school's athletes “valued at $28,000 above what the rules allow for financial aid.” Let me see if I got this straight: an institution of higher learning i Mactvision – Mac […]

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Miami proves athletics is not always good press

Posted on September 1st, 2011, by Leave a comment

In an attempt to steer attention away from the major athletics scandal at her university, President Donna E. Shalala recently compared the academic success of her University of Miami athletes favorably with that of athletes at Notre Dame and Stanford. The only problem, as Allie Grasgreen over at Inside Higher Ed points out, is that […]

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College Athletics Reform in the Media

Posted on March 29th, 2011, by Leave a comment

In the past year CCAP has revealed the huge subsidies that fund intercollegiate athletics at many of America’s colleges and universities (see here and here for our studies). Others are starting to pick up on this important issue as well. Earlier this month PBS’s “Need to Know” aired a segment on the tension between academic […]

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End Athletics Arms Race

Posted on March 10th, 2011, by Comments Off

Chapter 8: End the “Athletics Arms Race” There is remarkably little evidence that the massive subsidies to intercollegiate athletics (ICA) have had significant positive spillover effects for universities in the form of greater financial support, improved recruitment of students, higher national rankings, etc. There is abundant evidence, however, that only a handful of ICA programs […]

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss Regarding Spending on Athletics

Posted on February 4th, 2011, by Leave a comment

Amidst fiscal problems requiring growing austerity in higher education, intercollegiate athletic programs still continue to grow, despite increasing subsidies coming from college/university general funding. What do students think about this? To answer this question, my colleagues Matt Denhart and David Ridpath (also a professor at Ohio University) surveyed about 1,000 students at Ohio University, which […]

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