College athletes made CNN headline two days after the big event, the last BCS NCAA football championship game. In its investigation about academic performance of college athletes, CNN found
public universities across the country where many students in the basketball and football programs could read only up to an eighth-grade level. The data obtained through open records requests also showed a staggering achievement gap between college athletes and their peers at the same institution.
This is not an exhaustive survey of all universities with major sports programs; CNN chose a sampling of public universities where open records laws apply. We sought data from a total of 37 institutions, of which 21 schools responded. The others denied our request for entrance exam or aptitude test scores, some saying the information did not exist and others citing privacy rules. Some simply did not provide it in time.
Wait a second! I cannot believe my eyes.
There are 38 logos for the 37 schools CNN investigated. Are you serious? Is it me who cannot count or what? Then when I read “details” more carefully, I found the following statement above the picture:
CNN sought records from nearly 40 public universities, and got data back from 21.
which seems to be a less precise but more accurate description of their data collection procedure. Ok, end of joking, up to more serious issue here.
The point is that those students who cannot read well were putting in a situation where they had little chance to finish their degree, or even meet the NCAA academic standards, unless they or someone cheat! More importantly, how many of such cases are there? or what percentage of student athletes are in such situation? No one is telling ……
What a system!