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Crimson Wraith
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Athlete-friendly curriculum?
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The new batch of data was unambiguous. Half of the students in one major were athletes. One in three black players on Auburn’s football team was enrolled in the program.

Rather than question how this might have happened, the university’s provost instead offered a plan: Create more programs like it.

"The following report points to the need for more majors that have enough elective courses etc.," Timothy R. Boosinger, the provost at the time, wrote in the late winter of 2015 to G. Jay Gogue, who was then the president. So many athletes concentrated in one major — public administration — can attract controversy, and it did. Offering more programs with similarly flexible requirements would, Boosinger implied, solve the problem.

The provost assured the president that those other programs were in the works, and that he had met with Jay Jacobs, who was then the athletic director, "to discuss the new offerings that are in the pipeline."



An internal investigation of public administration found that, in the fall of 2014, 37 percent of Auburn’s black male athletes were enrolled in the major.

At the same time, scarcely any black male students who were not athletes — just two of 581 — majored in the program.


The Auburn data are clear: Public administration was not a major broadly pursued by African-American students. It was a major disproportionately popular with a specific set of African-American men who played sports.


The Chronicle obtained materials from Auburn’s internal review of grade distributions. While it may not have identified evidence of favoritism toward athletes, the review examined numerous course sections where the passage rates for all students reached 100 percent. In a 4000-level class geared toward seniors, an instructor awarded A’s or B’s to 90 percent or more of his students across four different sections.


Dawgholio
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Not shocking. Typical Auburn. Their academic reputation has always been a joke.
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Senior Sidewalker
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In a 4000-level class geared toward seniors, an instructor awarded A’s or B’s to 90 percent or more of his students across four different sections.


You think this is some kind of news? Lol


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WG_Dawg
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Athlete-friendly curriculum


happens at every school across America. Same with lax admission requirements. If you think stephon marbury or reggie ball could get into tech, much less stay eligible, if they were regular ol students and not athletes you've lost your mind.


HailToTheChiz
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Isn't that the same information that came out 3 years ago?


JoseyWalesTheOutlaw
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You're correct....SOS at the barn just another year

PA Degree U at lee county or The Auburn School of Frontend Alignment


AA7
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Lol Mount Cody didn’t even know what his major was. There is always one major that is easier than the rest. It’s only natural that the people who struggle academically gravitate to that major.


AA7
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PA Degree U at lee county or The Auburn School of Frontend Alignment

Still rated higher than bama


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StopRobot
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Auburn was put on probation by SACS a few years ago because of this exact thing. They could literally, though unlikely, lose their accreditation as a university. You cannot have athletics driving academics. The fact that a faculty member being paid by the athletic department wanted to secretly fund this major to keep it open is not good.


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tylerdurden24
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Difference between this and any other school is that Auburn's provost not only signed off on it but actively sought to create more programs like it. Auburn let Athletics officials have a direct influence on curriculum decisions. It's not against NCAA rules so far as I know but it is very taboo. Athletics is supposed to stay in its lane on a University campus.
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Crimson Wraith
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Isn't that the same information that came out 3 years ago?





Brand new article. Surely there's something new in it.


StopRobot
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Isn't that the same information that came out 3 years ago



No. This shows a pattern of trying to keep it alive by secretly funding it. Also to create similar programs.


Tigerman97
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Last time this happened Auburn took the fall for everyone.

70% of Auburn football players were sociology majors in 2007.

80% of LSU football players were general studies majors in 2007.

more than 70% of Florida football players were sociology majors in 2007.

Auburn will tote the ugly baggage for the SEC again...we will let the basketball season ease the pain.


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HailToTheChiz
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Brand new article. Surely there's something new in it.


Brand new article about the same information 3 years ago


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HailToTheChiz
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. This shows a pattern of trying to keep it alive by secretly funding it. Also to create similar programs.


Didn't the recent UNC case just show stuff like this is fine if it's available to all students?


StopRobot
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Kathleen M. Hale, director of public administration, says she has not questioned how so many athletes came to be in the major and she does not see it within her purview to do so. "I didn’t see that half the students were athletes," Hale said. "I don’t track that information. I’ve known all I can know within the limits of time and space. "I’m an active researcher and publisher and a pretty good teacher, and I’m active out in the discipline," she continued. "I hope it’s not disappointing tha


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MoarKilometers
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It only used black 3 times to describe the student-athletes...


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Dallasgrowl
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If you think your university does not cater to athletes in every possible way while they are on campus, you are naive as hell. It is universally accepted and institutionally implemented. Those that do not tow the line are quickly assimilated or driven out.


StopRobot
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Didn't the recent UNC case just show stuff like this is fine if it's available to all students?


The athletic department tried to fund a major. Do you not see the problem with that?


HailToTheChiz
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If people actually read the article, they will see the quotes and data all come from years ago

Likely when the SACS stuff was happening.

That article is nothing more than "I can't believe athletes take easy majors"


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