Across the nation schools spend about $38,000 per year on their athletes and only about $11,000 on the general student population. Now there is even discussion that colleges may actually start paying their athletes in addition to providing scholarships. With such an emphasis on sports by the very institutions which are professed to be centers of learning, it is little wonder that academics have become an afterthought to students who are looking at selecting a school.
Instead of restructuring the entire education system in order to raise test scores, perhaps nationally the focus should turn away from a total sport centered college experience and actually begin to be centered on academics.
Sports can be part of the academic experience, and should be… however academics should be the centerpiece of that that academic experience.