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Journal Article: Bridging the gap between academics & athletics

Categories

Education, Athletes/Scholastic achievements

Authors

Jones, Dianne C.

Published

1998, March/April

Abstract

A study at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater examined the validity of the stereotypes that student athletes were inferior students, selected easier majors, and did not graduate. A review of grade point averages proved that the student athletes at the university were not academically inferior to the general student population. A tabulation of majors showed that student athletes did not select perceived "easier" majors than the general student body. Furthermore, an analysis of graduation rates indicated that student athletes had higher overall graduation rates than the overall student body. To highlight these findings, athletic directors listened to and discussed the concerns of the faculty at college meetings, developed programs and awards that integrated academics and athletics, and introduced measures to ensure the academic integrity of the institution.

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