By Dr. Gerald Gurney and Jerome C. Weber
Originally published April 5, 2010
Basketball fans will focus tonight on the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s men’s championship game, but amid the excitement of such competition, attention must be paid to how big-time college sports still operate in ways counter to higher education’s aims. Although the NCAA celebrates rising graduation rates in Division I sports and the results of other academic reforms, many of those changes have inadvertently led to other thorny problems. What’s urgently needed are far-reaching changes that only the greater involvement of faculty members can bring.