Athletic Departments

The Broad Lanes of Student-Athlete Development
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The Broad Lanes of Student-Athlete Development

July 31st, 2017 | by Erick Taylor
As of this summer, I can say that I have worked in all three types of NCAA Division I institutions, and I would like to dive a little deeper into the world of student-athlete development. The term student-athlete development may...
These Three Things Are Essential To Making Great Students Out Of Your Student-Athletes
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These Three Things Are Essential To Making Great Students Out Of Your Student-Athletes

May 17th, 2017 | by Dan Matheson
The importance of internships for college students cannot be overstated.  In a survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education and Marketplace, employers indicated that they want new graduates to have real-world...
Diversity And Inclusion Must Start In Academia First
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Diversity And Inclusion Must Start In Academia First

December 28th, 2016 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
Back in September, the NCAA produced a diversity pledge urging university presidents, chancellors, and conference commissioners to “specifically commit to establishing initiatives for achieving ethnic and racial diversity,...
MAC Enacts Progressive Policies, but NCAA Still Has a Long Ways to Go to Common Sense
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MAC Enacts Progressive Policies, but NCAA Still Has a Long Ways to Go to Common Sense

September 12th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
A few weeks ago, I wrote about P5 conferences’ proposals to assist the “student” in every “student- athlete.” Common-sense measures like eight hours of uninterrupted time overnight and not considering travel days as...
Could The Latest Challenge From UNC Spell Doom For The NCAA
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Could The Latest Challenge From UNC Spell Doom For The NCAA

August 10th, 2016 | by Javier Morales
These are troubling times for the NCAA. In the span of a week, the news wire has included stories of North Carolina challenging the NCAA’s power to have jurisdiction over academic improprieties, a federal judge ruling that...
Academic Committing: Student-Athlete Learning Facilities
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Academic Committing: Student-Athlete Learning Facilities

June 28th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
Image via Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com Over the past decade, schools have realized the value of investing in facilities as a means to attract the best players. Early-release mock-ups and photographs of locker rooms,...
The Recruiting Arms Race Takes A Turn Toward Improving Academic Opportunities
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The Recruiting Arms Race Takes A Turn Toward Improving Academic Opportunities

June 8th, 2016 | by Javier Morales
To date, news surrounding the arms race in college athletics has included lucrative television deals, facilities upgrades, dining-area enhancements, lodging amenities and even multi-uniform combinations. Notice what is missing...
Understanding Academics: AAU and Carnegie 1 Designations
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Understanding Academics: AAU and Carnegie 1 Designations

January 25th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
This past week Oklahoma City online outlet NewsOK.com published a very interesting article about the possibilities of the University of Oklahoma joining the Big Ten. In this article, the author discusses the various requirements...
A New Year And New Eligibility Rules Bring New Problems
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A New Year And New Eligibility Rules Bring New Problems

December 31st, 2015 | by Karen Gross
Some people almost laugh when you say the phrase “student-athlete.”  When the phrase “scholar-athlete” is used in its place, people are more than a tad bemused.  The expectation is that collegiate athletes, especially...
Awaiting An Academic Eligibility Decision Met With Frustration From Coaches
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Awaiting An Academic Eligibility Decision Met With Frustration From Coaches

November 12th, 2015 | by Javier Morales
Kansas coach Bill Self and St. John’s coach Chris Mullin are in a situation with the NCAA Eligibility Center reminiscent of waiting at the DMV to have your number called, only the process is stuck on the number ahead....
No Simple Solution for Why Student-Athletes Continue to Struggle in Classroom
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No Simple Solution for Why Student-Athletes Continue to Struggle in Classroom

April 24th, 2015 | by Francis Giknis
My father used to tell me “there are many simple but wrong answers to life’s complex questions,” and the older I get the truer I find his statement. The questions of what is at the root and how to ameliorate the low...