When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

27 November 2005

High school diploma mills for NCAA athletes

The NCAA's academic eligibility requirements for incoming freshmen have given rise to a whole new species of ugliness and hypocrisy. Meet the modern-day high school diploma mill:
University High, which has no classes and no educational accreditation, appears to have offered the players little more than a speedy academic makeover.

The school's program illustrates that even as the N.C.A.A. presses for academic reforms, its loopholes are quickly recognized and exploited.

Athletes who graduated from University High acknowledged that they learned little there, but were grateful that it enabled them to qualify for college scholarships.

Lorenzo Ferguson, a second-year defensive back at Auburn, said he left Miami Southridge High School for University High, where after one month he had raised his average to 2.6 from 2.0.

"You take each course you failed in ninth or 10th grade," he said. "If it was applied math, you do them on the packets they give you. It didn't take that long. The answers were basically in the book."

The N.C.A.A. has allowed students to use correspondence school courses to meet eligibility requirements since 2000. That year, the N.C.A.A. also shifted the power to determine which classes count as core courses to high school administrators. In doing so, it essentially left schools to determine their own legitimacy.

"We're not the educational accreditation police," Diane Dickman, the N.C.A.A.'s managing director for membership services, said in September.
Clearly not. After reading the rest of this hopelessly sordid article, which documents frauds and forgeries ranging from the insignificant to the probably-felonious, I hope that the "accreditation police"--and perhaps the actual police--will get involved soon.

Poor Grades Aside, Athletes Get Into College on a $399 Diploma - New York Times


1 comment:

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that's not just happed in academic, in other academy also got same problems.