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Finally, A School Gets It

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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3 thoughts on “Finally, A School Gets It

  1. Bravo! Athletes need to be prepared academically for both the time during their careers and after. Colleges that allow “easy A” classes are doing a disservice to both the athletes getting the degrees and the other students that get degrees. It simply devalues the standard of the degree and therefore devalues the school for all who attend.

    Athletes would be best served by putting time into their classes. Just like practice in athletics, time invested in learning will yield high dividends down the line.

    Posted by Pete Van Mark | March 14, 2011, 12:52 pm
    • As a passionate alum with great respect and admiration for student athletes at Stanford, I was disappointed when I first learned of the list. I am very pleased to see it removed, inasmuch as our coaches “sell” the academic distinction between Stanford and other highly successful D-1 athletic programs. An excellent decision and another reason to pull for the student athletes at such a special place!

      Now, if the band will just get rid of its damn mascot (the tree)…….

      Posted by benedict | September 7, 2011, 9:23 pm

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