Colleges invest heaviliy in pushing athletes to graduate
#1 Dec 23, 2008
I'm the father of a high school junior student-athlete being recruited by over forty-five division one schools. As a family, we're torn between schools that claim to have extraordinary assistance for student-athletes via study centers and schools that say there are no special centers for student-athletes. We want our child to understand the importance of time management. We also want her to understand the importance of personal responsibility. On the other hand, student-athletes are expected to represent the college or university in a positive way. Coaches depend on these student-athletes to perform at a very high level, to win championships and put spectators in seats (especially with respect to football and basketball programs). The time commitment for any student-athlete is daunting. If she goes to a college with a student-athlete study center, I’m concerned that my child will be singled out for her SPECIAL status. First, as a student on an athletic scholarship and second, as a student that needs extra help with academic tutors and advisors. Most of the programs we have looked at insist that the student attend the study center the first semester. If the student earns a 3.00 GPA or higher, they can opt out of the study center environment.
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