show ugly truth about athletes academics
With all the special treatment athletes
get, why does TCU have the lowest percentage of athletes
graduating of all the schools in Conference USA?
With all the special treatment athletes get, why does
TCU have the lowest percentage of athletes graduating
of all the schools in Conference USA?
is a liberal arts college, not a liberal sports college.
So, why is emphasis placed so much on sports and the
people that play them?
recent USA Today study showed that TCU is the worst
performing in Conference USA when it comes to the percentage
of athletes graduating comparative to the school average.
TCU is by no means the worst in the nation, but there
is no excuse for TCU not having the highest rate of
graduating athletes. TCU has a high average of students
graduating comparatively, but athletes should come up
to par with the rest of the school.
44 percent of male athletes graduate after four years,
17 percent lower than the school average. The overall
athlete graduation rate is 56 percent, which is seven
points lower than the school average.
is no excuse for doing worse in school because you are
an athlete. Other students can be just as busy not doing
a sport as those that are. Students constantly juggle
full-time jobs among other commitments and still are
dedicated to graduate and succeed.
is in no way a new revelation that will startle any
educated mind. This issue has existed for many years,
and this article proves the issue is far from over.
at the glorification of football games. Alumni come
back and park in their designated spot in front of the
coliseum to go and cheer on people whose education they
are paying for, but have less than a 50-50 chance at
who has been in a class with an athlete knows they get
special treatment. In class last week there was an athlete
that could not turn in a paper because he was getting
ready for the big game (two days prior to the
game, that is. Evidently it takes that long to prepare
for a game, and no school work can be done in this time
athletes get to take tests weeks later just because
they were at a game or practice due to scheduling conflicts
with both the student and teacher. This gives the athletes
an advantage which they will not even use to graduate,
for almost the majority of them.
is all at a contrasting time in the lives of non-athletic
students. Currently, it is more of a hassle to get an
absence excused because of illness or other legitimate
excuse than it has ever been. But yet, an athlete can
simply tell a teacher they missed because of practice
or a game and they are off the hook.
that play sports know ahead of time that they will be
absent for class, and therefore should not be given
additional time in lieu of a game. They should be like
the rest of the student body and plan accordingly to
take a test before or the day after the absence.
know that there are athletes that do their work, will
get a 4.0 GPA and will graduate. I am just speaking
about a majority in which the statistics bring out the
ugly facts. There are also professors that wont
accept anything less from athletes and I applaud them.
work hard to entertain the fans, including me. They
earn the extra money in their meal plans and even deserve
the nicer dorms. After all, athletics play a major cohesive
role in campus life.
all is said and done, athletes are an integral part
of campus life, and should be treated like everyone
Hanna is a freshman journalism and business major from
Boring, Ore. He can be contacted at (firstname.lastname@example.org).