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Are Academics Really Most Important to Colleges? David Rozman March 23, 2010 English 225 Sharon Pomerantz In America, sports have become a major money making industry. Following a sports team is a way for many Americans to forget about their jobs for a few hours and sit back and enjoy watching their home town team. It does not matter what sport you follow, whether it is
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David Rozman baseball, hockey, basketball, or football, one of these sports will be most appealing to a specific individual. One of the most fan crazy sports in America today is college football. Stadiums across the country are continuing to grow to hold more fans every year. College sports in general are huge in the United States and continue to grow. College sports have recently become a bigger phenomenon than most people expected however. Colleges are using their sports teams as a recruiting tool for future students. If you ask a high school senior why they are attending a certain university or college do not be surprised if they respond with an answer containing things like “It’s a good school and their football teams is amazing” or “the school is not that great academically but I can’t wait for basketball season.” Have colleges today gone too far? Colleges are starting to use athletics and the “party scene” in order to increase enrollment the Carnegie Foundation reported, that “the appearance of the campus is, by far, the most influential characteristic during campus visits, and if a school appeared highly collegiate, featuring a big- time college sports program and party scene, this ‘look’ persuaded many touring high school seniors to apply” (Sperber 56). The assumption that college is a place to learn and get a degree has become somewhat cloudy lately with the new techniques that colleges are using to raise their application rates and enrollment. Colleges today are setting the priority on athletics and the “party scene” instead of promoting academics. I was talking to my mom about this very topic. She agreed with me that colleges have changed their entire approach to getting high school seniors to apply. Last year when I was deciding on which schools I wanted to send college applications to, almost every brochure and pamphlet that was sent to my house had pictures of students at sporting events and sometimes even at a tailgate or party depending on what their approach was. “The primary mission of attending college is to gain an education. Sports and other extracurricular activities are great to
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David Rozman supplement that mission. However, the primary mission of educating students must take priority and if there are limits on the amount of money available, cuts should be made in athletics, not academics (Lederman). Doug Lederman wrote this in an article about how the University of California Berkeley was cutting academic spending in order to have more money for their athletic department. Not only have articles been written about the University’s academic funds
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