Thank you, Stanford University. For once, a school understands that their purpose is for education, not for athletics. Last week, Stanford discontinued the practice of offering a “preferred list of classes” for their student-athletes in order to obtain an easy A grade so the students could participate in athletics without worrying about academic suspension. This “preferred list” was not accessible by students in the general population, making it appear as though the athletes were getting better treatment by university officials. According to soccer player Kira Maker, who utilized the list, the classes were “always chock-full of athletes and very easy A’s”.
When instructors were notified that their classes were on the list, some of them were indifferent, saying that they were glad they had added interest in their courses, while other instructors wanted their classes removed. Students were able to obtain this list of classes at the school’s Athletic Academic Resource Center, and would choose the classes that either fit their major or were easy electives.
For their efforts to put the focus of education back into the school, we give Stanford University a Gold Star and would hope that other universities take notice and follow suit if they have a similar program. A small percentage of student-athletes will have a career in their sport. The majority need to actually learn something to get them through life. Thank you, Stanford University.
- Read the ESPN.com article here.
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