An Open Letter to the Chancellor and Athletic Director at UCLA
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An Open Letter to the Chancellor and Athletic Director at UCLA

November 15th, 2017 | by Karen Gross
Dear Chancellor Block and AD Guerrero: First, let me begin by saying that I am glad (and I am sure you are relieved) that your three first year student-athletes have been released from China and are back or headed back to Los...
The Forever GI Bill: A Beginning Not an End
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The Forever GI Bill: A Beginning Not an End

September 13th, 2017 | by Karen Gross
Note: The following piece describes the new Forever GI Bill.  My question is a simple one at one level:  shouldn’t colleges and universities use this opportunity to recruit young healthy Veterans for their teams?  Some...
Do Schools Owe It To Former Athletes To Help Them Finish Their Education?
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Do Schools Owe It To Former Athletes To Help Them Finish Their Education?

August 30th, 2017 | by Karen Gross
Recently, InsideHigherEd published an article that raised the problem of colleges honoring professional athletes who did not receive their degrees from the institution honoring (or any other institution for that matter).  In...
Cosby, Pitino and Wonder Woman; They’re Linked
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Cosby, Pitino and Wonder Woman; They’re Linked

June 26th, 2017 | by Karen Gross
Sometimes, de-linked events just happen to occur around the same point in time. Because they are housed in different arenas (in this case, vastly different spheres), they remain unconnected, and we don’t see important links...
There Are Plenty Of Great Experiences For Student Athletes Outside Of March Madness
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There Are Plenty Of Great Experiences For Student Athletes Outside Of March Madness

March 27th, 2017 | by Karen Gross
As people complete or complain about the outcomes of their college basketball March Madness brackets, money is in the air. Betting is abundant; so is watching television to see game outcomes. Dollars are spent on bracket parties....
How Can I Improve My “Stature” This Summer?
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How Can I Improve My “Stature” This Summer?

June 29th, 2016 | by Karen Gross
Summer is never actually as long as it appears to be to non-academic folks who believe “college folks” have summers off.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. ADs and coaches use the 8 –10 weeks of summer to catch up...
A Question of Perspectives: College Presidents, Athletic Directors and Coaches
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A Question of Perspectives: College Presidents, Athletic Directors and Coaches

May 30th, 2016 | by Karen Gross
In response to a true/false quiz at the start of an article I wrote for CollegeAD in April, the vast majority of those who responded (over 300 readers) believe that the college/university president should visually recognize the...
Five Things An AD Or Coach Can Do To Improve Their Profile
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Five Things An AD Or Coach Can Do To Improve Their Profile

April 27th, 2016 | by Karen Gross
Loading… Winning at the collegiate and university level matters for sure regardless of NCAA Division, and presidents/chancellors certainly notice when teams win, particularly showcase monied teams like basketball or...
Five Ways College Presidents Should Be Supporting Athletics
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Five Ways College Presidents Should Be Supporting Athletics

April 4th, 2016 | by Karen Gross
It is obvious that college presidents can show their support for NCAA athletics on their respective campuses through the size of the athletic budget.  To be sure, some huge programs operate as separate budget entities with...
Six Interview Questions Every Athletic Director Candidate Should Be Asked
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Six Interview Questions Every Athletic Director Candidate Should Be Asked

March 16th, 2016 | by Karen Gross
I have had to hire/fire more athletic directors and coaches than I care to remember in my time as a college president.  But, through it all, I learned several things, including what interview questions a president needs to ask...
The Real Debate Over Potentially Life Saving EKGs Is Who Should Foot The Bill
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The Real Debate Over Potentially Life Saving EKGs Is Who Should Foot The Bill

February 9th, 2016 | by Karen Gross
Recently, Roger Goodell spoke in his annual NFL address about the ongoing efforts of the NFL to protect its players from injuries. Many were surprised, me included, by his comfort level with football concussions and his...
Time Demands On Student-Athletes, Part 2: Listen, Understand And Lead
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Time Demands On Student-Athletes, Part 2: Listen, Understand And Lead

January 28th, 2016 | by Karen Gross
As mentioned in Part 1 of this series, the NCAA 2016 Convention wasn’t a total loss. A major piece of legislation was approved in concussion protocols (long overdue in my view) that require school medical personnel (not a...
Partying, Football and Sexual Assault: An Unholy Trinity?
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Partying, Football and Sexual Assault: An Unholy Trinity?

January 12th, 2016 | by Karen Gross
A recent working paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research in late December 2015 bears the title, “Campus Party Culture and Sexual Assault” and is written by Professor Jason M. Lindo et. al.  The Study has...