quote:I think the problem is that there is so much money in college football that the standards for graduate school would be reduced or fudged to keep athletes eligible.
I have written to NCAA president Mark Emmert and other prominent figures, encouraging them to consider extending more years of eligibility to student athletes who achieve the academic success necessary for continuing in graduate school. Typically, this is a 3.0 GPA and some expectation of excellence in a given field.
Do you really think that a student can put forth the time and effort needed to pursue a solid graduate degree while spending so many hours in pursuit of football?
And isn't it more likely that colleges will create some "dummy" graduate degree programs of questionable value at best that will allow them to retain athletes longer?
a seven year starter on a football team who finishes school with a PHD, a star player who changes schools and finishes a BA and a PHD and two athletic careers, students in less popular sports who get to participate in sports longer and get an advanced degree.
With the exception of MBA's, JD's, and MD's almost all graduate students are funded; that is, they get a scholarship for tuition and a stipend as a GRA or GTA. Each department only has so many GRA or GTA lines. If an extra grad student shows up in a particular department that does not reguire departmental funding, they would be welcomed because they would increse the department's number of grad students. Graduate classes usually require 5 students to "make", therefor extra student are helpful to a department.
The class load for grad students is usually 2-4 classes per semester and research projects could often be scheduled for off-season and summer. They could handle the workload.