Intercollegiate Athletics and the American University: A University President's Perspective (Google eBook)
DIVAfter decades of domination on campus, college sports' supremacy has begun to weaken. "Enough, already!" detractors cry. College is about learning, not chasing a ball around to the whir of TV cameras.
/divDIVIn Intercollegiate Athletics and the American University James Duderstadt agrees, taking the view that the increased commercialization of intercollegiate athletics endangers our universities and their primary goal, academics. Calling it a "corrosive example of entertainment culture" during an interview with ESPN's Bob Ley, Duderstadt suggested that college basketball, for example, "imposes on the university an alien set of values, a culture that really is not conducive to the educational mission of university."
/divDIVDuderstadt is part of a growing controversy. Recently, as reported in The New York Times, an alliance between university professors and college boards of trustees formed in reaction to the growth of college sports; it's the first organization with enough clout to challenge the culture of big-time university athletics.
/divDIVThis book is certainly part of that challenge, and is sure to influence this debate today and in the years to come.
/divDIVJames J. Duderstadt is President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering, University of Michigan.
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